The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has debunked a photo circulating on social media, suggesting there are two confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19 in Kano State.
According to the photo which has ‘BBC News’ on it, Kano Ministry of Health confirmed two cases of the disease in Bayero University, Kano (BUK) hostel.
But in a tweet via its verified Twitter handle late Sunday night, the NCDC described the photo as false.
It said BBC News did not report the news but the photo was edited by unknown persons to spread “fear” and “panic”.
“This photo circulating about a case of #COVID19 in Kano allegedly reported by BBC News is FALSE. This image has been doctored to spread fear and panic,” it tweeted.
“The BBC News did not report a case of #COVID19 in Kano.
“The image was edited by unknown persons to use BBC’s platform in spreading fake news and panic. Please disregard.”
The image was edited by unknown persons to use BBC’s platform in spreading fake news and panic. Please disregard
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 22, 2020
There are currently 30 confirmed cases of the disease in Nigeria. The index and second case have been discharged after they tested negative for the disease.