The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said no state in Nigeria is free from the ravaging Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that has killed more than 500 Nigerians.
NCDC Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu made this known on Monday at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The NCDC added that the declaration comes as the agency is yet to officially report a case in Cross River state, as of Monday afternoon.
Also, the DG, while responding to a question about states who were discharging patients and declaring themselves COVID-19 free, said: “No state, no single state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free, not one,” Mr. Ihekweazu said. “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.”
He further stressed that: “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.”