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Lagos port worker tests positive for coronavirus

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An employee of APM Terminals, Apapa, Lagos has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The worker, who was last seen at the port on April 16, had his infection confirmed on April 27.

A statement by the company’s General Manager, External Relations, Daniel Odibe, read: “APM Terminals hereby informs the port community and the public of a positive COVID-19 case concerning a staff. The said employee’s last day at work was April 16, 2020.

“The employee developed malaria symptoms and was referred to a hospital where he was initially treated before he was referred to the NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control) for further test. We were informed on April 27 that the test result came out positive.

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“The case is currently being handled by NCDC, while we continue with our precautionary and response plans in strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol.”

This comes few days after a case was also detected at the gateway.

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) disclosed that the patient was not its staff and had been off-duty for a while before contracting the virus.

Its General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Jatto Adams, said the organisation’s workers were safe, adding that those that had contact with the victim had been asked to self-isolate.

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