COVID-19: Cross River State, The Only State Without Any Recorded Case

Cross River State has still not (officially) recorded any case of the COVID-19. This is making it the only state in Nigeria that has not recorded a single case! This is surprising, right? Her neighbors, Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi States, have recorded multiple cases.

You may argue that the inter-state ban on movement is helping keep the virus away from Cross River, but your guess is as good as mine as to the effectiveness of the ban.

Just recently, it was announced that a lawmaker in the state, Mr. Godwin Akwaji, died in the COVID-19 isolation center in the state capital, Calabar. It was not revealed if he died of COVID-19, but some news outlets claim he showed symptoms of the disease like fatigue, cough, fever, and breathlessness. The Cable also reported that those that visited the lawmaker in the isolation center are also showing symptoms of the disease.

So, what is the true situation of things in Cross River?

  1. Are they testing for the disease at all? If they are not testing, Is it deliberate? After all, you cannot have any case if you do not test

  2. If they are testing, what could be the reason for the low number of cases (0 cases)? This has to be analyzed to see what and how other states like Lagos with high rates can learn from Cross River.