Statistics on Coronavirus (COVID-10) Pandemic Cases in Nigeria, as of March 23, 2020 Photo: NCDC

Nigeria records first Coronavirus death as confirmed cases hit 40

* Victim, late Achimugu, arrived from UK 2 weeks before death ─Family

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Suleiman Achimugu, former Managing Director of the Petroleum Pricing Monitoring Corporation (PPMC), has died of Coronavirus (COVID-19), multiple sources said Monday, March 23.

ConsumerConnect learnt that Achimugu died of the novel pandemic in the early hours of Monday.

He was said to be is the very first casualty of COVID-19 in Nigeria, adjudged as the Africa’s biggest economy.

Reports indicated that late Achimugu reportedly arrived in the country from the United Kingdom (UK) two weeks back, and that started showing symptoms of the disease last Tuesday.

Sources revealed that his family members then, reported to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with the health authorities coming to the house to take his blood sample.

It was further learnt that the NCDC officials never got back to the family as regards the result of the blood sample.

However, as of Sunday afternoon, the former PPMC boss was coughing profusely, and the NCDC was called to inquire about his results.

The result was said to be positive.

He was immediately picked up and rushed to the hospital at Gwagwalada, Abuja, FCT.

Achimugu finally gave up the ghost at 2 a.m. Monday.

His family members are currently under quarantine in their house, as the NCDC will handle the burial, a source stated.

In the meantime, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country has risen to 40.

The figure increased after the NCDC announced Monday morning that five new cases had been confirmed.

According to the healthcare and disease control agency, this is the latest update on the disease as of 9:45a.m. March 23, 2020.

Analysis of the figure indicates that two cases were confirmed in Abuja and Lagos State respectively, while a case was confirmed in Edo State.

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