No confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Kano, NCDC counters BBC’s report

 

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has on Sunday stated that there is no case of Coronavirus code-named COVID-19 in Kano State.
This is coming against the backdrop of a photo being circulated about two case of COVID-19 in Kano allegedly reported by BBC World.
The report had stated that, Just In: Kano Ministry of Health confirmed two cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Kano Hostel.
The news carried logos of CNN and BBC Hausa service, alleging that two students of Bayero University, Kano have been confirmed positive to the Coronavirus disease (CODVID-19).

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In a swift reaction, the NCDC stated that, “The BBCWorld did not report a case of COVID-19 in Kano. The image was edited by unknown persons to use BBC’s platform in spreading fake news and panic. Please disregard.
This photo circulating about a case of #COVID-19 in Kano allegedly reported by BBC World is FALSE This image has been doctored to spread fear and panic Details on confirmed cases can be found via our website.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by the state Ministry of Health said “Attention had been drawn to a fake news being circulated on the social media on purported the outbreak of Coronavirus disease in Kano.

“The news is indeed untrue, false and nothing but a white lie by mischief makers intended to cause panic in the state.

“To make the record straight, there was never at any point in time since the recorded outbreak of the disease in the country when Kano State had any confirmed case of Covid-19,

“The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, therefore, urged all concerned organisations, groups, individuals and the public to disregard the news as just a lie, fake and unfounded rumour being circulated with intent to cause panic among the public.

“The commissioner, however, advised the people to take precautionary measures against the disease including regular hand washing, social distancing and report any suspected case to the nearest health facility,” the statement added.

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