Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Monday, disclosed that no state in the country is free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
He stated this during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
The comment comes even as the NCDC is yet to officially report a case in Cross River state, as of Tuesday Morning.
Ihekweazu was responding to a question about states who were discharging patients and declaring themselves COVID-19 free.
In his words: “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.”
On Monday, the NCDC announced 675 new cases of #COVID19, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 20,919.
See breakdown below: