-As Health Minister says you can get coronavirus from sex
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as at 08:35 pm on Thursday disclosed that there are 14 new cases of the novel Coronavirus in the country making a total of 65 persons infected with the disease.
In a tweet posted on Thursday evening, the agency said 14 new cases were confirmed in Nigeria: one in FCT, one in Bauchi and 12 in Lagos.
Out of the 14 confirmed in Lagos, 6 were detected on a vessel while three are returning travellers into the country and two are close contacts of confirmed cases.
As at Friday morning, the number of confirmed #COVID19 cases in Nigeria is 65, three discharged and one death.
Also, there is a possibility that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be sexually transmitted, according to Nigeria’s Health Minister Osagie Ehanire.
“If a person is positive, the virus can be transmitted sexually,” Pharmanews quotes Ehanire as saying during an emergency press briefing on the virus in Abuja on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
Because Covid-19 is a new ailment, health professionals and researchers are still coming to grips with its modes of transmission, containment, and treatment.
However, it has been established that the virus can be transmitted from person to person and can be passed from respiratory droplets expunged through sneezing or coughing.
A couple of scientists have however submitted that the virus cannot be transmitted through sexual intercourse except via oral sex.
In an interview with The Guardian UK, scientist Jessica Justman says there are visible patterns indicating sexual transmission of the virus.
She also advises that when a partner is a Covid-19 case, it is better to abstain.
Half a million people across the globe have now been infected with the virus and over 22,000 people have died from Covid-19, according to a CNN tally.