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Why Lagos refuses to disclose identity of Italian infected with coronavirus

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The government insists the identity of the Italian man will remain confidential.

Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi addresses why identity of the Italian man diagnosed of Coronavirus cannot be disclosed. [Twitter/Jubril Gawat]
Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi addresses why identity of the Italian man diagnosed of Coronavirus cannot be disclosed. [Twitter/Jubril Gawat]

Since the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in Lagos, Nigerians have been mounting pressure on the Federal Government to disclose the identity of the Italian man who was diagnosed of the deadly disease.

The Italian who entered Nigeria last week is the country’s only confirmed case of coronavirus, with around 100 people quarantined already in Lagos and Ogun states where he interacted with people before his diagnosis.

Addressing why the identity of the index case was not released, Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos Commissioner for Health, said it will be against medical ethics should the government disclose the identity.

“The details of the #COVID19 patient can’t be given out as it is against the practice of medical professionals. It is a patient doctor confidentiality,” Abayomi was quoted as saying.

The coronavirus has killed over 3,200 people across the world, mostly in China where it was first detected late in 2019.

There have been over 95,000 reported cases, with infections on every continent in the world except Antarctica.

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