Coronavirus: FG searching for passengers on aircraft with Italian patient
The federal government is trying to trace most of the 155 passengers in the aircraft that brought to Nigeria the Italian confirmed with coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire made the disclosure yesterday while briefing newsmen in Abuja.
He said 156 passengers were on the manifest of the flight that brought the Italian. Daily Trust reports that unlike what obtains in other countries, the name and other details of the Italian patient have not been made public yet.
The minister said some of the passengers on board the aircraft that brought the Italian were yet to be traced because of the ambiguity of the contact information they provided. He said: “We cannot give a fixed figure on the contact tracing because it is a continuing process.”
“But the only one we know for sure is the 156 passengers who were on the aircraft with him (the Italian) and those ones are being tracked and we have been talking to them and we are getting cooperation.
“There have been a few challenges.
Some people gave telephone numbers that didn’t work or (when called) said
switched off. There are some who probably don’t have telephones or some who are
new arrivals in Nigeria. “They are not yet registered with any telephone
company, but there are ways in which they can be found out. Some have probably
left the country if they were to be here for a day or two,”