Plateau Governor, Lalong Denies Coronavirus Rumour


The governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has debunked the debunked Coronavirus rumour in the state.

He refuted the rumour in a statement made available to newsmen by his Commissioner for Information Dan Manjang on Monday.

“Since the circulation of this fake news, there has been rising concern and anxiety within and outside the state.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Government of Plateau State wishes to state unequivocally that this assertion is false.”

“Prior to this rumour, however, the Ministry of Health, Plateau State swiftly acted by taking the specimen of Hassan Sale, and sent same for examination.

“We are happy to announce to Plateau people and indeed to the whole world that both the preliminary and confirmatory results of the specimen standing in the name of Hassan Sale are negative.

“In the light of this development, therefore, the government wishes to call on all and sundry to discountenance such misinformation and also state categorically that as at this moment, there is no known case of Coronavirus found in the State.

“As the Chairman of the Plateau State COVID-19 Emergency Response Committee I wish to use this opportunity to appeal to Plateau people to continue to adhere to preventive measures by washing their hands regularly, staying at home and maintaining social distance”.

He appealed to citizens to be mindful of fake news that are capable of putting the state in unnecessary fear as the government continue to fight against the spread of the disease

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