NPA Counters NCDC Report, Denies Recording COVID-19 Case


The Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) has countered the report of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that claims six coronavirus cases were detected on a vessel in Lagos State.

In a tweet on Thursday night, the NPA replied a tweet posted by the NCDC that the country recorded 14 new coronavirus cases bringing the toll to 65.

The health agency had tweeted: “Of the 14, 6 were detected on a vessel, 3 are returning travellers into Nigeria and 1 is close contact of a confirmed case.”

But in a series of tweets, the NPA denied recording any case of the virus in the state, stating that it has no information about the centre’s report.

The authority asked the centre to avail it with information about the vessel and names of passengers on board so it could verify and keep proper records.

“Hello @NCDCgov. In respect to the 6 new cases that “were detected on a vessel” in Lagos, the Authority in collaboration with Port Health has not recorded any confirmed cases to date,” the authority said in a tweet midnight Thursday.

“@NCDCgov To enable verification and proper record keeping, kindly avail us with specific details on the name of the Vessel the passengers were on board, and the Terminal or Jetty where they berthed. #CovidNGR #COVID19.”

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