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Three Nigerians including a medical doctor have died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the United States, a report said on Sunday.The Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, confirmed the deaths in a statement in New York.

According to him, a doctor from Abia, contracted the virus while on duty in New York, the epicentre of the pandemic in the U.S.

“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.
” The second case is a 25-year-old Bassey Offiong, a final year Chemical Engineering student of Western Michigan University, who died on Saturday, March 28, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

“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,” Okoyen said.

He said it was regrettable to announce the deaths of the three Nigerians

“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 saluted the sacrifice of medical personnel and other essential workers risking their lives on the frontline 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 said

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