The Mayor of Washington DC, Muriel Bowser, confirmed yesterday that a Nigerian man in his 50s, who lives in Nigeria, but has been staying with family members in Washington recently, has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Maryland, where he remains hospitalized.
“With his test yielding presumptive positive, D.C. Health has started its investigation in keeping with CDC guidelines,” Bowser adds. The investigation will include tracing the man’s movements, even though the mayor declined to say where in Washington the man lived.
U.S President Donald Trump says he isn’t concerned “at all” about the coronavirus getting closer to the White House. Officials say an attendee of a recent political conference in the capital where Trump himself had spoken, also tested positive for the virus.
The novel coronavirus has so far killed 3, 649 people with 107, 233 cases recorded on a global scale, most of them in the Chinese province of Hubei which is the epicenter of the virus. Over 60,905 people have recovered from the virus thus far.
Nigeria confirmed its first case of the virus on domestic soil, from an Italian visiting the country for business, on February 27, 2020. Although Officials say the patient is in stable condition