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No state is free of COVID-19 in Nigeria – NCDC

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Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu has claimed that no state in the country is COVID-19 free.

The Director-General, made the statement on Monday while speaking at the daily briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.

He clarified that a state can only talk about being Coronavirus free, when it is testing adequately.

He said, “No state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free. No country in the world is COVID-19 free.

“We can only talk about a state being disease free when we have an effective tool to fight the disease. That will come when we have a vaccine.

“Until then, there is no easy way to say this. We have to keep pushing for these preventive measures. We have to develop our laboratory capability to test”.

However Cross River and Kogi State governments have repeatedly claimed that they have not recorded any positive case since the virus was imported into the country.

There are currently 20,244 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

 

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