VERDICT: False and Misleading Headline
On Saturday, July 18, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a report on NewsExtra claiming that no state in Nigeria reported new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in 24 hours.
The report published with the headline, COVID-19: No state reported new case in 24 hours –NCDC; further said that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 653 outstanding cases of the deadly viral disease.
Investigations by CDD fact-checkers show that contrary to the claim by the blog, there were reported cases of COVID-19 cases by the NCDC.
The official Twitter page of the NCDC of the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday, July 18, 2020, showed that 653 new cases were recorded across states in the country.
A breakdown of cases per state shows that Lagos had 115, Kwara 85, Enugu 80, FCT 78, Rivers 36, Ondo 35, Oyo 30, Katsina 28, Kaduna and Abia 19, Nassarawa 18, Plateau 17 and Imo 16.
Also, on the same day, Ogun, Ebonyi, Benue and Kano had 9, Delta 8, Bauchi 7, Ekiti 6, Gombe, Bayelsa, Adamawa and Osun 4, Cross rivers, Yobe Borno and Zamfara with only 1 new case.
Further checks by CDD also show that this increased the total confirmed case in the country to 36,107.
CDD fact-checkers can also verify that since the outbreak of Covid-19 in Nigeria on February 27, 2020, no day has passed without report of a new case of the deadly disease.
CDD fact-checkers can confirm that the claim by NewsExtra that no case of COVID-19 was reported in 24 hours between July 17 and July 18, 2020.
CDD, therefore, urges members of the public to always verify all information before disseminating them.
You can also forward suspicious messages for verification at +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica.