The documented cases of the coronavirus have risen to over 17000 infections in total with 21,588 in mainland China. over 361 persons have reportedly died..
Currently over 60 Nigerians are trapped in Wuhan the epicentre of the of the coronavirus outbreak
The citizens are seen in pictures circulating social media with the hashtag #nigerianstrapppedin China and #bring home.They are therefore appealing to President Buhari to send help their way, as they urgently want to come home.
Recall that The first recorded case in Africa is in Egypt.The virus was discovered in a foreigner whose identity and nationality have not been officially disclosed.
Meanwhile the Federal government challenged Nigerian scientists to find a solution to the dreaded Coronavirus currently threatening the world.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu who gave the charge also pledged a 36 million naira Prize for any Nigerian scientist who finds the cure.
He explained that the 36 million naira pledge was to encourage the local scientists to to venture into innovation and reassure them that the Federal government is very much supportive of research and development.
The Minister further charged the scientists to be proactive in finding lasting solutions to human challenges to prove to the world that Nigeria has the capacity to address human problems not only at a local scale but at the global level.