Lagos State still has highest number of confirmed COVID-19 in Nigeria- NCDC

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By Abujah Rachael

Abuja – Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says Lagos has the highest number of of in Nigeria with 44 cases.

Ihekweazu made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja, while giving an update on in the country.

According to him, it is followed by Abuja with 12 cases, Ogun-three, while Ekiti, Oyo, , Bauchi, Osun and Rivers have one case each.

Ihekweazu said that most of the cases reported were from travellers have just returned to the country.

“Other cases were from people have come in contact with infected persons,” he said.

NAN recalls that some government officials had , while have been in self-isolation.

The positive cases include the Bauchi Governor, Bala Mohammed, and the to the President, .

Meanwhile, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, , Dr Osagie Ehanire and the Permanent Secretary, Mashi Abdulaziz Mashi, have tested negative to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID19).

Earlier, the NCDC had confirmed 14 new cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID19), as the total number of in the country reached 65.

Ihekweazu had disclosed that the 14 new cases of COVID19, were confirmed from Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 14 new cases of COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: two in , and 12 in Lagos .

“As at 7:35p.m, March 26, there are 65 , three discharged and one of COVID19 pandemic in the country,” he said.

NCDC said that of the 14 cases, six were detected on a vessel, while three were returning travellers into Nigeria and one was a close contact of a previously confirmed case.

NAN reports that NCDC had launched a Coronavirus Service on WhatsApp.

The Coronavirus Information Service is a 24/7 automated ‘chatbot’ service.

It will provide Nigerians with answers to the most common questions on , directly from the NCDC, across thematic areas such as public health advisories, frequently asked questions and myth busters.

This service allows for two-way conversations on WhatsApp.

The NCDC can send urgent and real-time messages to all Nigerians opt in to the service, while Nigerians can also engage directly with an NCDC connect centre agent to share or get information.

All WhatsApp users can access the free information by simply adding the number:+234-708-711-0839 to phone contacts.

To get started, users can text any word for example, “Hi” to the number through WhatsApp chat which prompts a list of options.