First case of coronavirus confirmed in New Zealand, Nigeria, Belarus and Lithuania

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — First case of coronavirus confirmed in New Zealand, Nigeria, Belarus and Lithuania.

New Zealand

The New Zealand Ministry of Health announced on Friday 28 February the first confirmed case of the coronavirus novel.

”The patient is a 60-year-old who recently returned from Iran,” the ministry said in a statement. The patient arrived in the city of Auckland on February 26.

”The infected person is already isolated and will receive the necessary treatment,” the ministry said.

New Zealand had earlier said it would impose temporary restrictions on persons coming from Iran.


Nigeria health authorities on Friday, February 28 reported the first case of coronavirus in the country in the city of Lagos. The infected patient is an Italian national who arrived in Nigeria three days ago.

This is the first case of coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa, writes The Independent.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country with around 190 million people, is rated as one of the world’s most vulnerable to the spread of the virus given its fragile health system and high population density.


Belarus has become the third country today to confirm the first case of coronavirus.

“We would like to inform you that the February 27 tests performed at the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology showed the presence of coronavirus 2019-nCoV in one of the students from Iran,” the Russian news agency TASS reported, citing the Ministry of Belarus Health.


Lithuania has confirmed the first case with coronavirus.

Local authorities reported the first case of coronavirus. It is a woman who returned this week from a visit to the northern Italian city of Verona.

In a statement, the Lithuanian government said the woman had been hospitalized in the northern city of Siauliai.

She is under the care of doctors, and is showing only mild symptoms and no fever.


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