NCDC announces 14 news cases, total rises to 288

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday night confirmed 14 new cases of coronavirus cases in the country.

The figure brought the number of coronavirus patients in the country to 288.

NCDC made this disclosure via its Twitter handle revealing 13 cases were recorded in Lagos and one in Delta.

With the latest confirmation, Lagos now has 158 cases of coronavirus.

It said: “Fourteen new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: 13 in Lagos and 1 in Delta State.”

Meanwhile, the NCDC on Wednesday; criticised false reports that the agency claimed to have spent N1 billion on Short Message Service (SMS) to Nigerians.

Since the coronavirus pandemic became widespread in the country; the NCDC has also been sending messages containing safety tips to telephone users.

However, on Wednesday, the social media space went agog after false information emerged that the government agency had spent a whopping N1 billion on text messages alone.

In a rebuttal, NCDC swiftly denied the report via a series of tweets.

“The headline claiming that NCDC has spent N1 billion on SMS to Nigerians is false”, it said.

NCDC said network service providers are providing SMS as kind support.

“While communication through SMS is a key part of our COVID-19 response strategy; this has been largely provided as in-kind support by Airtel; MTN; and Glo.” 


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