This was revealed to news agencies in the capital city of Abuja on Thursday.
According to Ihekweazu, “For over two months, we fought between 100 to 200 cases a day but we really have not seen a spike in our national data.”’
From the first reported case of the pandemic in February 2020, figures from NCDC in the number of new confirmed cases shows a decrease to 1,058 from 1,126 in week 46 and number of discharged cases increased to 1,163 from 1,120 in week 45.
Despite the 236 new cases confirmed on the 18th of November, the agency maintained that it is working hard to control infection rate.
The official statistics on the agency’s official website, states that of the new cases confirmed, 142 was from Lagos, 19 in Ogun State, 15 in Kaduna, 14 in Abuja, Imo and Rivers States, six in Plateau, three in Katsina, two in Ekiti, Jigawa and Oyo and one in Cross River, Kano and Taraba.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in Nigeria has also set up a number of public health guidelines to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spread at home, school and workplace.
These measures encompass guidelines, acquiring accurate and verified information about the virus, quarantine protocols for travellers after an enforced PCR mandatory test for travellers into Nigeria first within 5 days before departure and another one 7 days after arrival.
In the quest to fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, Ihekweazu also called for harmony amongst African countries while making reference to the Ebola outbreak in 2014.
This was communicated on the agency’s Twitter after the end a virtual meeting tagged, Covid-19: The African Experience.
He said, “One striking difference between the response to Covid19 and the 2014 Ebola outbreak is stronger coordination in the African region. Solidarity between countries is extremely important to manage this unprecedented pandemic.”
Lagos still holds the highest number of confirmed case with 22,562, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja is behind with 6,385 and Plateau rounds up the top three at 3,724.
Since the first reported case in Nigeria on the 27th of February 2020, the official statistics of the Covid-19 case update in Nigeria as at 18th November stands at 724,794 tested samples, 65,693 confirmed cases, 3,073 active cases, 61,457 has been discharged and 1,163 have died from the virus.