Lagos lead as Nigeria records 111 new cases of COVID-19, total hits 57,724
As Nigeria continues its fight against Coronavirus, 111 new cases of the deadly disease have been recorded in 11 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).
This was disclosed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) via its official Twitter page in a new update on Wednesday.
According to the centre, Lagos topped the list of states with new infections with 31 positive samples, followed by Gombe and Kaduna with 18 cases each.
Two persons were confirmed to have died of COVID-19 complications on Wednesday, increasing the current fatality toll to 1,102, while 149 recoveries were recorded.
Out of a total of 57,724 confirmed infections, 48,985 patients have recovered, while 7,637 are still active cases.
111 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
1,102 deaths pic.twitter.com/LFW69Zb0vR
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) September 23, 2020
Meanwhile, in order to ensure that countries work towards developing sustainable policies to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, global organisations have called for deliberate efforts to tackle misinformation.
The call was made in a joint statement on Wednesday by the WHO, UN, UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, UNAIDS, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), UN Global Pulse, and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
“We call on Member States to develop and implement action plans to manage the infodemic by promoting the timely dissemination of accurate information, based on science and evidence, to all communities, and in particular high-risk groups; and preventing the spread, and combating, mis- and disinformation while respecting freedom of expression,” the statement read.
“We urge Member States to engage and listen to their communities as they develop their national action plans, and to empower communities to develop solutions and resilience against mis- and disinformation.”