By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

Nigeria’s centre for disease control yesterday confirmed two new cases, involving Chief Of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari and Bauchi state governor, Bala Muhammed added the number of coronavirus case in Nigeria to 44.

“2 new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: 1 in FCT and 1 in Bauchi,” NCDC said.

“The cases have travel history to Germany and the UK.”

“As at 06:25 pm on 24th March, there are 44 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. 2 have been discharged with 1 death,” it added.

The two were earlier on Tuesday reported to have tested positive for the virus. The duo have recently visited Germany, a high-risk country that has recorded nearly 30,000 cases of coronavirus.

Several media reports yesterday said that Kyari tested positive several days after returning from an official trip to Germany. Kyari, a close ally to President Muhammadu Buhari, was in Germany in early March with a delegation of other Nigerian officials for meetings with Siemens AG.

Kyari, who is in his 70s, has a history of medical complications, including diabetes, Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, it was unclear if Bala visited the UK recently. But media reports had it that the governor had contact with the son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who tested positive to the virus.

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