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Coronavirus: Nigerian Varsity Bars Chinese Staff From Returning To Work


AWKA - The Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Anambra state has barred Chinese nationals who lecture at the institution from returning to work. 

The staff had travelled to China in December before the outbreak of the virus. 

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Charles Esimone, said the action was taken to protect the university community and the country. 

He explained that the institution has since introduced an online alternative.

Meanwhile, The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, yesterday confirmed that the second case of COVID-19 in the country is a Nigerian in Ogun State.

He said the patient is a contact of the index case, a 44-year-old Italian man, and has been in isolation since the first case was confirmed. Ihekweazu however declined to give more information about the new patient.
The NCDC boss also disclosed that for the first time in Africa, researchers have successfully performed the genome sequencing of the coronavirus strain brought to Nigeria by the index case and matched it with the strain circulating in Italy and Wuhan.

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