Cross River state has recorded five COVID-19 cases
This was confirmed in an internal memo by the chief medical director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Prof Ikpeme Ikpeme on Friday.
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He said that the facility tested five positive cases and had appropriately informed the relevant authorities.
Gov Ben Ayade on Friday evening also hinted about the confirmed cases, urging the people of the state to adhere to safety protocols as the state may record ‘COVID-19 cases very soon following the influx of people into the state’.
He said that now that there is massive influx of people into the state following the lifting of ban on interstate travels by the federal government, it is possible that COVID-19 have filtered into the state.
“Now that our state borders are open, this is the time to be more vigilant. We need to be more careful because we expect the state to start receding coronavirus cases.
“With the easing of restrictions and the opening of borders and airports, it is actually time for us to be more proactive and adhere strictly to safety protocols,” he said
The governor however, assured that the state government will work harder to keep the state as safe as possible.
Nigeria has reported 27,110 cases as of Friday in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Cross River is the only state that is yet to have a confirmed case.