Nigeria confirms 5 new coronavirus cases, total number now 35

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The number of people with confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Nigeria has risen to 35 with five new cases confirmed on Monday morning.

According to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) two of the cases are in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), two in Lagos and one in Edo.

The NCDC in a tweet posted on its official Twitter handle, two of the cases involved returning travellers from the UK.

The Centre also said that two of the patients have since been discharged.
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday announced that his son had been infected with the virus and currently receiving treatment at a hospital in Abuja. 

To curb the spread of the pandemic, the federal and state governments have adopted series of measures including closing of schools, banning international flights and restricting public gatherings to a limited number of persons.

The virus, which broke out in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and has spread to more than 100 countries around the world, has killed over 13, 000 persons so far and infected at least 266, 073 individuals.

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