Nigeria Tracing First Coronavirus Case in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Authorities are tracing everyone who had contact with patient
  • Twenty-eight people have been put in quarantine in Ogun state

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Nigerian health authorities said they’re tracing everyone who’s been in contact with an Italian man who tested positive for the coronavirus, the first such case in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Italian citizen, who works in Nigeria, took a commercial flight on Feb. 25 from Milan to Lagos, a sprawling metropolis of about 20 million people in the continent’s most populous nation, health officials said. The case was confirmed on Feb. 27.

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