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The minister of state for health, Adeleke Mamora, has disclosed that a Nigerian doctor, Olumide Okunuga, has died in Italy after contracting coronavirus.

The 63-year-old Nigerian pathologist who was based in Italy, contracted the disease while visiting Canada.

The minister made this known while addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday as he gave an update on the COVID-19 situation in the country.

“We must be conscious of not being complacent, the price to pay for complacency is huge. I have heard people say that the black man’s gene is resistant and so COVID-19 is not for us,” he said.

“Don’t forget, some black men even from Africa, even from Nigeria have died, unfortunately. We heard the story of one doctor who lived in Italy, a Nigerian, a black man.

So we should not get carried away. There are a lot of things known about COVID-19 and there are still things unknown. We have to be very careful about believing claims that are yet to be fully validated.”

Last week, a 30 year old Nigerian doctor in the United Kingdom also died of the disease.

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