- The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned Nigerians against sharing and spreading of fake news
- The NCDC said voice notes, broadcasts and images are being shared on Whatsapp and other platforms with fake news, warning that the messages are being developed to create panic
- The federal agency, therefore, urged Nigerians to disregard messages that are not signed by official sources
As Nigeria's total confirmed cases of coronavirus surged to 36 on Monday, March 23, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned against sharing and spreading of fake news.
The NCDC via its official Twitter handle, @NCDCgov, urged Nigerians to disregard messages that are not signed by official sources.
"Voice notes, broadcasts & images are being shared on Whatsapp and other platforms with FAKE NEWS.
"These messages are developed with the intent to cause fear & panic.
"Please disregard messages that are not signed by official sources," the NCDC advised.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has recorded its first coronavirus death after a 67-year-old man who returned home following medical treatment in the United Kingdom succumbed to the disease.
This was disclosed by the NCDC in a tweet on Monday. The deceased man reportedly has underlying medical conditions. Specifically, he was suffering from multiple myeloma and diabetes.
He was also undergoing chemotherapy before his death. Consequently, the NCDC commiserated with his family.
Meanwhile, the police in Lagos have commenced a massive crackdown on social, religious and other gatherings above 50 people in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state and Nigeria at large.
The Lagos police spokesman, Bala Elkana, in a statement, made available to Legit.ng, said the police operatives will be enforcing the ban on social gatherings, clubs, parties, ceremonies and religious gatherings of more than 50 persons in the state.
The residents of the state were urged to comply with the guidelines and directives issued by both the federal government and the Lagos state government on prevention of the spread of Covid-19.
Elkana said the Lagos police command has deployed adequate resources across the state to ensure that the orders are fully obeyed.
The order imposed bans on social gatherings such as wedding ceremonies, naming ceremonies, burial ceremonies, parties, clubs and religious gatherings of people more than 50.
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