Nigeria has recorded four new cases of coronavirus; three in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and one in Lagos State.
With this, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 139.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this known via its Twitter handle on Tuesday, March 31.
It tweeted, “Four new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Nigeria; three in the FCT and one in Lagos.
“As of 08:00 pm on 31st of March, there are 139 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. Nine have been discharged with two deaths.”
Four new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 3 in the FCT and 1 in Lagos
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 31, 2020
Also, the NCDC has urged Nigerians to access its WhatsApp for a free-to-use service and to engage the centre on how to curtail the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of NCDC; told the press on Monday, March 30 in Abuja, while giving an update on COVID-19 pandemic in the country that the new service allows for two-way conversations on WhatsApp.
“We‘ll send real-time messages to all Nigerians who opt in to the service; and Nigerians can also engage directly with us,” he said.
He said that the easy-to-use messaging service has the potential to reach all Nigerians and enables NCDC to get information directly into the hands of Nigerians that need it.
Ihekweazu noted that the messaging service provides the latest news and information on COVID19; including details on symptoms and how Nigerians could protect themselves and others.
The NCDC boss said it would also provide the latest situation reports and numbers in real-time to help government decision-makers protect the health of Nigerians.
“All WhatsApp users can access the free service by simply adding the number: +234-708-711-0839 to their phone contacts.
“To get started, users can text any keyword for example, “Hi” to the number through WhatsApp chat which prompts a list of options,” he explained.