No Nigerian State Is COVID-19 Free – NCDC


The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control NCDC DG Chikwe Ihekweazu has refuted claims by some state in Nigeria that they do not have any more COVID-19 cases, saying that no state is free of the virus yet.
Ihekweazu said this at the daily press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 today while addressing questions raised about States discharging patients and declaring themselves free.

Although, the NCDC is yet to officially report a case in Cross River state, as of Monday afternoon, Ihekweazu added that there is no country in the world that is free of the virus either. He noted that

“No state, no single state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free, not one. No country in the world is COVID-19 free. Even New Zealand, that is an island state is still having new cases after a period of not having any. We can’t separate ourselves from the rest of the country. We live in a context, viruses spread, it’s the nature of them, so right now no state is COVID-19 free. That’s why we have to keep doing this work that we are doing, testing people, finding out if they have it“, he said.


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