Coronavirus: Why we can’t reveal Italian’s identity ― Minister

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, following growing speculation about the identity of the index case of coronavirus in the country, has explained why he cannot be unveiled, saying that it would be against medical ethics to do so without his consent.

An Italian man, who is yet to be publicly identified, tested positive for the virus on arrival in Nigeria on February 26, 2020.

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The minister of health, who was briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, said unlike the index case of Ebola, Patrick Sawyerr, who was known, the Italian could not be exposed because he has not given them permission to do so.

He recalled that Sawyer was identified because he died and was no longer around to give his consent.

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