Coronavirus: NCDC finally confirms 5 cases of COVID-19 in Cross River state

Coronavirus: NCDC finally confirms 5 cases of COVID-19 in Cross River state

- Cross River has finally joined the list of states with Covid-19 cases months after the index case was confirmed in Nigeria

- The NCDC confirmed five positive cases in the state in its daily Covid-19 report on Monday, July 6

- Cross River state was the only state yet to record a single case as 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) all have confirmed cases

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Cross River has finally joined the list of the states in Nigeria with coronavirus infections as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday, July 6, confirmed five cases in the state.

Months, after the index case was confirmed in Nigeria, Cross River was the only state yet to record a single case as 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) all have confirmed cases.

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Legit.ng notes that the five cases in Cross River were confirmed alongside the 575 new cases of Covid-19 in 19 states in Nigeria on Monday.

The confirmed cases of the deadly disease were earlier reported by the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Calabar, according to Premium Times.

Coronavirus: NCDC finally confirms 5 cases of COVID-19 in Cross River state

NCDC finally confirms 5 cases of COVID-19 in Cross River state
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Ikpeme Ikpeme, the chief medical director of the UCTH, noted that the COVID-19 tests were carried out at a Molecular Laboratory approved by NCDC located at Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, in Ebonyi state.

He added that 2 samples were from the health workers at the medical institution. Ikpeme went on to note that the workers were making tremendous progress in recovery and that the state government had been informed in a memo.

However, Asu Okang, the state commissioner for information, dismissed Ikpeme's memo, he described it as a desperate attempt to ensure Cross River records a case.

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Okang speaking to the online news publication explained that only the NCDC can announce cases of pandemic in the country.

He said: “The point is that the NCDC is the body required to reflect cases of COVID-19 and announce it to members of the public. Not ‘one small lab technician’ trying to assert their egos and hatch their mischief on the grounds of what they think and their state of mind could through an internal memo.”

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria's total infection rate is inching close to 30,000 as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage throughout the world.

The NCDC on Monday, July 6, confirmed that the country recorded 575 new cases. This brings the total number of infections in the country to 29,286 with 11,828 recoveries, and 654 deaths.

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The federal health agency in a tweet on its official handle at 11:34 pm disclosed that the disease spread across 19 states.

The data also shows that 163 people have recovered in the last 24 hours while nine people have died during the same period.

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