It has been reported that a Nigerian man in his 50s, who lives in Nigeria, but has been staying with family members in Washington recently, has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Maryland, where he remains hospitalized.
It is the first confirmed case of the outbreak in the U.S capital.
Mayor of Washington DC, Muriel Bowser says “late this afternoon, testing at the Public Health lab at the DC Department of Forensic Sciences yielded its first presumptive coronavirus case.”
“With his test yielding presumptive positive, D.C. Health has started its investigation in keeping with CDC guidelines,” Bowser adds.
The investigation will include tracing the man’s movements, even though the mayor declined to say where in Washington the man lived.
U.S President Donald Trump says he isn’t concerned “at all” about the coronavirus getting closer to the White House.
Officials say an attendee of a recent political conference in the capital where Trump himself had spoken, also tested positive for the virus.
“No, I’m not concerned at all. No, I’m not. We’ve done a great job," Trump says.
The novel coronavirus has so far killed 3, 649 people with 107, 233 cases recorded on a global scale, most of them in the Chinese province of Hubei which is the epicenter of the virus.
60,905 people have recovered from the virus thus far.