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17 April 2020

COVID-19 will get to every state in Nigeria — NCDC

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, said yesterday that every state of the federation would have its share of coronavirus. At present, 17 states are free of the virus which index case in the country was recorded in February.

This came as Lagos and Kano recorded three deaths yesterday from the virus, with Lagos recording its 10th death and Kano its first. Meanwhile, Kano’s confirmed cases spiked from 12 to 21 yesterday. This is even as the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, said 90 persons who showed COVID-19 symptoms tested negative for the disease, while operatives of Kaduna State Command of National Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, arrested a COVID-19, patient who attempted to escape from isolation centre in the state.

Speaking, yesterday, on a Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise, Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said there was no reason the virus would not spread to every state of the country, being a respiratory virus. He said the federal government was making efforts to curb the further spread of the disease, admitting that it had been a tough task. “We have responded to Lassa smoothly and nobody shut down the country because it wasn’t necessary, the response was fairly efficient. It will spread to all states — NCDC “Now, COVID-19 is on a much larger scale, at the moment in 22 states, but it will grow to every state in Nigeria, there is no reason it won’t, it is a respiratory virus,” the NCDC boss said.

He also reacted to the differences in the figures of confirmed COVID-19 cases released by the NCDC and the numbers in some states, especially in Lagos and Kano, adding that the agency had been working hard to tackle coronavirus while the authorities in various states had their roles to play. He insisted that Nigeria could not run away from the outbreak and that NCDC would continue to be transparent with the results, to stimulate more response from various aspects of the government.

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