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NCDC apologises for error in coronavirus report, says total cases 209, not 210

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said Saturday it made a mistake with its report on the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.

The centre said on its Twitter handle that the total number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria as of 10:30 p.m. on Friday was 209 and not the 210 that was earlier reported.

The NCDC consequently apologised for its gaffe.

With this development, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Osun is now 20 while Oyo has nine.

Lagos, regarded as the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, has 109 cases, followed by the Federal Capital Territory with 41.

It said: “On 3rd of April 2020, we reported 26 new cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. An error has been discovered in this report as follows:

“There were 25 new cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. The 26th case was a repeat result of a previously confirmed case and not a new case.

“Of the 25 new cases reported, 1 case was inadvertently reported from Osun State. This case was from Oyo State.

“The correct breakdown is as follows: Lagos- 11, Osun- six, FCT- three, Edo- three, Ondo- one, Oyo- one.

“As at 10:30 p.m. 3rd April, there are 209 confirmed cases, 25 discharged and four deaths.

“For a breakdown of cases by states, Lagos has 109 cases, FCT- 41, Osun- 20, Oyo- nine, Akwa Ibom- five, Ogun- four, Edo- seven, Kaduna- four, Bauchi- three, Enugu- two, Ekiti- two, Rivers-one, Benue- one, and Ondo- one.

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“We regret the error in our announcement of new #COVID19 cases in Nigeria yesterday (Friday).

“The NCDC remains committed to ensuring transparency and accurate reporting of infectious disease cases in Nigeria.”

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