A total of 9 states have in the last one month not recorded a single infection despite the rising scourge of the COVID-19 in Nigeria.
A review of official data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Borno, Gombe, Ebonyi, Abia, Enugu, Adamawa, Kebbi, Zamfara and Kogi states have not reported a fresh coronavirus case between November 8 and December 6.
Although the public health agency is yet to respond to enquiries on the reason for the no-new-case status of the nine states in the past month, it had previously attributed dwindling figures from the states to the low rate of testing.
Kogi, a state of almost 3.5 million people, has not recorded a positive case in several weeks. According to the national situational report published by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in October showed, it showed that the state also had low testing figures and had tested just 268 samples by October.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in February, a total of 791,539 samples have been collected for testing across Nigeria, a figure deemed insignificant considering Nigeria’s population which is estimated at close to 200 million.