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No State In Nigeria Is COVID-19 Free – NCDC Declares

Director-General, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 23, (THEWILL) – The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has declared that no state in the country is free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

NCDC Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu disclosed this on Monday during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Ihekweazu was responding to a question about states who were discharging patients and declaring themselves COVID-19 free.

“No state, no single state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free, not one,” 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.”

“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.”

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“That’s why we have to keep doing this work that we are doing, testing people, finding out if they have it.”

The comment comes even as the NCDC is yet to officially report a case in Cross River state which has insisted it is COVID-19 free.