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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said there is no state in the country that is free of coronavirus.

NCDC Director – General , Chikwe Ihekweazu, said this during the media briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 in Abuja , monitored by our correspondent on Monday .

This is coming amidst claims that Cross River State is yet to record any case of COVID – 19.
Ihekweazu said , “ 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 . ”

However , in its announcement on Sunday, the NCDC noted that no new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

It also added that as of 11. 30pm on Sunday , 20, 244 cases have been confirmed , 6 , 879 cases have been discharged and 518 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

It said , “436 confirmed cases were reported in the last 24 hours from nineteen (19 ) states – Lagos (169 ) , Oyo (52) , Plateau (31) , Imo (29), Kaduna (28 ), Ogun (23) , Enugu (18) , FCT (18),
Bauchi (17 ), Bayelsa (14) , Rivers (8 ), Kano (6 ), Osun (6 ) , Benue ( 5 ), Edo (5 ) , Adamawa (3 ), Borno ( 2 ), Abia (1 ) and Ekiti (1 ).

“ No new state recorded a confirmed COVID – 19 case in the last 24 hours. The total number of states including FCT that have reported at least one confirmed case in Nigeria is still 36 ( 35 states + FCT).

“ 161 cases were discharged in the last 24 hours in thirteen (13 ) states – Edo (36 ), Rivers (35 ), Gombe (20), Kaduna (16) , FCT (11 ), Plateau (11), Borno (9 ), Lagos (8 ), Niger (4 ) , Akwa Ibom ( 3 ), Benue (3 ) , Ogun (3 ) and Bauchi (2 ).“

12 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours in nine (9 ) states – Lagos (3 ), FCT (2 ) , Adamawa ( 1 ), Bayelsa (1 ) , Niger (1 ), Ondo ( 1 ), Osun (1 ) , Plateau (1 ) and Rivers ( 1 ). ”

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