Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Iheakweazu, has said that fruits have not been identified yet as a mode of transmission for Coronavirus.
At the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja today, the 19th of May, 2020, The DG (NCDC) said this while responding to a question a reporter asked him.
A reporter had asked him if the virus can be transmitted to persons who consume fruits purchased from the market that might have been touched by an infected person. The reporter said people have been advised to wash their hands with soap and water and not edibles like fruits, to get rid of the virus.
In his response, the NCDC boss said
”Handwashing is good whether you are eating fruits or not.
Fruits have not been identified as specific mode of transmission of this virus so we advise you continue treating your fruits as carefully as you have always treated them.” he said