Three Nigerians have been confirmed dead after contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the United States.
The Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, disclosed this in a statement issued in New York on Saturday evening.
He said one of them, a doctor from Abia State, contracted the virus while on duty in New York, the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S.
The envoy identified the second person as 25-year-old Bassey Offiong, a final year Chemical Engineering student of Western Michigan University whose case has been reported by the Nigerian media.
Okoyen said: “It is regrettable to announce that three Nigerians have died of COVID-19 in the United States of America.
“The first case was a 60-year-old lady, Hajia Laila Abubakar Ali of Kano descent, who died on March 25 while receiving treatment at the Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, New York.
“Secondly, 25-year-old Bassey Offiong from Calabar, a final year Chemical Engineering student of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, died on Saturday, March 28, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
Unfortunately, the last case was a medical practitioner, Dr Caleb Anya, from Ohafia in Abia State.
“He died while rendering service to humanity in the forefront of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic in New York on April 1.
Okoyen commended the medical personnel and other essential workers attending to Coronavirus victims.
We are particularly very proud of Nigerian medical professionals in the USA who form part of the incredible workforce in the service of humanity at this time,’’ he added.
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