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COVID-19: NCDC Says Only one Person Tested in Kogi Against 111 claimed by Bello

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The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) COVID-19 Situation report has revealed that Kogi has only done one test, against the claim by the state that it has done 111 tests.

The report which was released May 18, 2020 revealed that 36, 899 tests have so far been conducted in Nigeria with no new state recording a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 24hours.

Also, some 50 cases were discharged in the last 24 hours from nine states, with nine deaths from six states.

Kogi state had on May 12, 2020 said the 111 persons it tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) returned negative, making the state COVID-19-free.

However, these tests were conducted without the supervision of officials from the NCDC, according to a statement by Mr Kingsley Fanwo, the state Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy.

Fanwo also said the test was conducted with the testing kits procured by the state, and that those tested were picked randomly.

Kogi and Cross Rivers were the only states reported to not have recorded any case of novel coronavirus disease and the new COVID-19 Situation Report confirmed it.

The report revealed Cross River to have tested seven persons so far who all tested negative to the virus.

Critics from Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and other expert have however questioned the free status of the state, noting that neighbouring states already have confirmed cases.

This has placed the NCDC at loggerhead with these states, as Nigerians also warn that their free COVID-19 status may lead to the escalation of transmission of the virus in the state and nation at large.

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