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Following the testing and investigation of the Chinese man that checked into Reddington Hospital, Ikeja, and suspected to have Coronavirus, the Lagos government come out with an official position on the result.

Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, in a statement Thursday, said the result is still negative for now, adding the likelihood of COVID-19 infection in this particular patient was very low.

“I would like to reassure Lagosians that our vigilance levels are very high and we are putting more measures in place to safeguard the State”, he said.

The Chinese citizen arrived in Nigeria from China 7 weeks ago, and presented at Reddington Hospital yesterday complaining about fever.

“The hospital in keeping with the advisory we earlier issued, correctly maintained a high index of suspicion, isolated the patient and reported the case to the ministry, said the commissioner

“We took up the case, transferred the patient to the State Isolation Unit at the Mainland hospital which is our specialised infectious disease hospital. His blood samples were taken to the Virology laboratory for analysis and it came out negative.”

Abayomi appealed to citizens to refrain from posting unverified news that can cause unnecessary anxiety in the community.