No 45% Increase In Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases–NCDC

The Director General, Nigeria Center for Disease Control,NCDC, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa has debunked a news report claiming a 45% increase of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Dr Adetifa made this known at the bi-monthly ministerial Briefing in Abuja.

According to him, the publication only used raw numbers without the denominator which makes the statistics false.

"There was a report of a 45% increase in cases numbers from the 1st of April to the 9th of April, and the bases for that report was using absolute numbers. Using raw numbers without denominators will give a wrong statistics, when we say 182;182 of how many? the denominator was not taken into account, so this news report is untrue, we have not seen 45% increase in cases."

The NCDC DG said it has continued to enhance it's surveillance on COVID-19 and other diseases such as monkey pox, chicken pox and other air borne disease.

Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Health, Dr Adeleke Mamora, said there has been an increase in Lassa fever cases which is about 19.1 percent in 23 states of the country with 132 deaths recorded. Dr Mamora also reiterated the call for extra vigilance on healthcare safely measures by Nigerians.

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