- The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has identified a mistake in the number of confirmed cases it reported on Monday, May 18
- Eight new cases were erroneously announced for Zamfara on the said date
- The NCDC apologised for the error, restating its commitment to transparent and accurate reporting of test results
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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has spotted another error in its record of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.
The federal health agency said it erroneously reported eight new cases for Zamfara state on Monday, May 18.
With the error rectified, Zamfara state now has a total of 76 confirmed cases Covid-19 as of Wednesday night, May 20.
"We apologise to Zamfara for this error and reiterate our commitment to accurate and transparent reporting of data" the NCDC tweeted.
Legit.ng notes that latest data from the NCDC showed Zamfara has 76 confirmed cases, eight active cases, 63 recoveries and five deaths.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the NCDC was questioned over the number of confirmed coronavirus cases announced by the agency on May 18 by the Zamfara state government.
This was disclosed by the state's commissioner for Health in the state, Yahaya Kanoma.
He said the state recorded only two cases on Monday and not 10 cases as confirmed by the NCDC.
According to him, the state government had informed the agency about the error and demanded that it should be rectified immediately.
“Our records have shown that when results from the centre returned, we had a total of 76 cases made up of 45 discharged, 26 in isolation and five fatalities. So, we don’t know where NCDC got the additional eight.
“We approached the centre which could not give a convincing explanation, and so we demanded a written apology which they promised to send, as well as withdraw the media publicity that we had 10 new cases," he said.
Meanwhile, the NCDC has confirmed 284 new cases of COVID-19 in 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The federal health agency made the announcement late Wednesday night, May 20, via its verified official Twitter handle.
With the new cases, Nigeria now has a total of 6,677 cases, excluding Kogi and Cross River states that are yet to record a single case.
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