Kano govt debunks additional cases announced on social media as fake
- The Kano government said the additional new coronavirus cases in the state announced on social media is fake
- A fake Twitter handle had posted that the state now has 10 positive COVID-19 cases
- The Kano state commissioner for health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, described the report as false
The Kano government has debunked a post on the social media of an additional seven new cases of coronavirus in the state.
The Nation reports that a clone announcement page of the state's ministry of health was faked on Tuesday, April 14 claiming that the state now has 10 positive COVID-19 cases.
The state commissioner for health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, described the report as false.
According to him, “the ministry did not post such information on its twitter handle nor issue any release to that effect.”
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Recall that Kano state recorded its index coronavirus case on Saturday, April 11.
The index case returned from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on the eve of the boundary closure in the state.
A media aide of the state governor informed residents of the state that all those close to the patient have been tested and are awaiting results, adding that he has moved to the government's isolation centre.
Twenty-four (24) hours before the case, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, activated a COVID-19 test centre at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, AKTH, Kano.
The centre is expected to serve the northwest zone of the country as Nigeria continues to battle coronavirus.
While inspecting the facility, the deputy governor of Kano, Nasiru Gawuna said henceforth samples of suspected cases will no longer be taken to Abuja but tested in the state.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dismissed the Fifth Generation Network (5G) coronavirus conspiracy theory and declared that viruses cannot travel on radio waves or mobile networks.
The organisation said in a statement on Friday, April 10 that contrary to the theory, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease which is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks.
Recently, the internet has been awash with claims across the world that 5G is the cause of the global coronavirus pandemic.
The claim gained grounds in Nigeria following some viral comments made by two popular figures in the country; Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and former Kogi lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye.
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