Seventy-two Nigerians awaiting evacuation in Guangzhou city, Guangdong Province of China have tested positive for the novel virus .
The results of the tests conducted on 56 Nigerians, which were released on Tuesday, indicated that the affected individuals were asymptomatic, raising concern that they might have infected other people.
It was learnt that 16 Nigerians had earlier tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number to 72.
The Chinese authorities explained that 65 persons who had contact with the positive cases were being traced.
A note, which was also copied to the Nigerian Embassy in China, as well as the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, indicated that 16 Nigerians had been confirmed positive.