He revealed this at a recent media briefing today.
According to him, no state can claim to be free of the disease, because it is common knowledge that viruses tend to spread wildly.
He added that states should desist from separating themselves from the rest of the country amid the pandemic because it is only natural for viruses to keep spreading.
His words, “No single state in Nigeria is COVID-19-free. Not one. No country in the world is COVID-19-free.
“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’re doing.”
“We can only start thinking and talking about any state or any community being disease-free when we have an effective tool to fight that disease.
“That’s when we have a vaccine.”
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Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that can be mild, such as some cases of the common cold (among other possible causes, predominantly rhinoviruses), and others that can be lethal, such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. Symptoms in other species vary: in chickens, they cause an upper respiratory tract disease, while in cows and pigs they cause diarrhea. There are yet to be vaccines or antiviral drugs to prevent or treat human coronavirus infections.
Coronaviruses constitute the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae, in the family Coronaviridae, order Nidovirales, and realm Riboviria. They are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome and a nucleocapsid of helical symmetry. The genome size of coronaviruses ranges from approximately 27 to 34 kilobases, the largest among known RNA viruses. The name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning “crown” or “halo”, which refers to the characteristic appearance reminiscent of a crown or a solar corona around the virions (virus particles) when viewed under two-dimensional transmission electron microscopy, due to the surface covering in club-shaped protein spikes.
Human coronaviruses were first discovered in the late 1960s. The earliest ones discovered were an infectious bronchitis virus in chickens and two in human patients with the common cold (later named human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43). Other members of this family have since been identified, including SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 (formerly known as 2019-nCoV) in 2019. Most of these have involved serious respiratory tract infections.
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