Three Nigerians die in the US of coronavirus

The envoy named the second individual as 25-year-old Bassey Offiong, a final year Western Michigan University Chemical Engineering student whose case has been published by Nigerian media.
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Surrounded by members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, US President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on COVID-19, known as the coro

Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, Consul General of Nigeria in New York, has confirmed the deaths of three Nigerians from corona virus disease in the United States.

Okoyen made the announcement Saturday evening in a speech in New York.

He said one of them, an Abia scientist, contracted the virus while in service in New York, the epicenter of the American pandemic.

The envoy named the second individual as 25-year-old Bassey Offiong, a final year Western Michigan University Chemical Engineering student whose case has been published by Nigerian media.

Okoyen wrote: “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 the 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 on the forefront of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic in New York on April 1.

“On behalf of the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York, I wish to extend our condolences to the families of the deceased Nigerians in this tragic circumstance.’’

The Consul General accepted the sacrifice on the front line of medical staff and other vital employees to save others.

“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.

Surrounded by members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, US President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on COVID-19, known as the coro

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