BREAKING: Fidelity Bank staff tests positive for COVID-19 as Nigeria records 14 new cases

BREAKING: Fidelity Bank staff tests positive for COVID-19 as Nigeria records  14 new cases


A Staff of Fidelity Bank who returned recently returned from a holiday in the United Kingdom has tested positive for Coronavirus.

The Commercial bank disclosed this in a statement released on Tuesday.

It said the individual has embarked on self-isolation upon his arrival into Nigeria in line with its policy that mandates staff/family members who have travelled overseas in recent time to self isolate for 14 days and test for the virus before returning to work.

“Fidelity Bank mandates staff or immediate family member(s) who travel out the country to self-isolate for two weeks and obtain medical clearance before returning to work as part of our COVID-19 preventive and precautionary measures,” the statement signed by Charles Aigbe, the bank’s divisional head for brand and communications, read.

“This process was activated and strictly adhered to by one of our staff members who returned from holidays in the United Kingdom.

“He was in self-isolation and underwent testing in line with the bank’s policy. The test results returned positive at the weekend and we quickly arranged for him to be moved to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), where he is currently being attended to by health officials.”

According to the bank, two other members of staff who received gifts from the individual have also been made to self-isolate and the office where they work has been temporarily closed.

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The bank said no customers were identified in the contact tracing that was carried out.

Also, the bank said it has shut down its business office at the federal secretariat in Abuja and advised all staff/vendors to self-isolate and go for testing in line with its policy on COVID-19, on account of possible exposure of a vendor staff.

The bank said it is carrying out other measures like reducing the number of staff expected to report physically at work and number of customers allowed at a time in the banking hall to a maximum of five to curb the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian government on Thursday night confirmed 14 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of Nigerians with the virus to 65, as at 8.35 pm.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said 12 were Lagos cases while the remaining two were in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Out of the 14 cases, six were detected on a vessel, three were returning travellers and one had a close contact with a confirmed case.

A further breakdown of the total 65 cases shows that Lagos has 44 cases, FCT- 12, Ogun- 3, Ekiti- 1, Oyo- 1, Edo- 1, Bauchi-1, Osun-1 and Rivers with one case.

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Three have been discharged out of the 65 cases while one death has been recorded.

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