COVID-19: 75% of cases have unknown sources, says NCDC DG - Focus News


Wednesday, 3 June 2020

COVID-19: 75% of cases have unknown sources, says NCDC DG

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu has confirmed that the source of 75% of coronavirus cases in the country is yet to be ascertained.

Chikwe disclosed this to newsmen during the daily briefing by the President Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

According to him, 2% of cases have travel history. In the beginning, it used to be 80-90%. At some point, it was 100% when everybody came back from some countries.

He said: "23% of new cases are contacts of existing patients. So these are people that have been found through the public health response.

"At the moment, 75% of cases have unknown sources. This means that community transmission is happening. It means that you cannot link your exposure to one particular person or one event and this is normal of a respiratory virus of which 80% of people are not symptomatic."

He however condemned the report by some media outlets claiming that COVID-19 figure in Nigeria is fraudulent.

"What it does not constitute is a fraud. For a newspaper to present these figures as fraud is irresponsible journalism. We have been very proactive to make sure every Nigerian is informed. Every night, the team works very hard.

"We come here every day to tell you what these numbers are. At least we expect responsible reporting of what these numbers mean and compare with other countries like the US, Japan, and China. Our percentages are not different. So how does this represent fraud?"

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