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Coronavirus: 6 precautionary tips to avoid contracting viral disease

- The Nigerian government has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital

- Nigerians have been urged to take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves

- The ministry of health has released 6 major tips on how to avoid contracting the viral disease

As Nigeria records its first case of coronavirus, the Nigerian government has put in place measures to ensure it does not spread further.

The federal ministry of health has released 6 major tips on how to avoid contracting the viral disease.

The coronavirus is formally referred to as COVID-19 and it is perceived to be more hazardous than many other viruses before it because of the way it spreads. The death rate is equally alarming.

Read the tips below by the ministry of health:

1. Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

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2. Maintain at least one and a half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

3. Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in-crowd.

4. Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your sleeve at the bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

5. Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call NCDC toll free number which is available day and night, for guidance- 0800-970000-10. Do not engage in self-medication.

6. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio.

Citizens have also been urged not to abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation about the situation that causes fear and panic.

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Meanwhile, the Saudi Arabian government on Thursday, February 27 suspended visas for pilgrims wishing to visit the holy city of Mecca over coronavirus fears.

This was announced by the foreign ministry of the Kingdom said in a statement sent to journalists.

“The government is suspending entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet's Mosque temporarily,” part of the statement read.

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