NPA denies recording coronavirus cases on vessels


The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has denied recording cases of coronavirus on any vessel.

The NPA was responding to a statement by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday on the update of Covid-19 cases in Nigeria.

The NCDC had announced that it recorded 14 new cases, including six on vessels, which takes the total number of confirmed cases to 65.

The NCDC tweets reads:

“14 new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: 2 in FCT, 12 in Lagos,” NCDC tweeted at 8.35 pm.

“Of the 14, 6 were detected on a vessel, 3 are returning travellers into Nigeria & 1 is close contact of a confirmed case.”

But reacting to this, the NPA said it did not record any such case of coronavirus.

“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.”

“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,” the NPA tweeted.

The NCDC is yet to reply to the claim by the NPA


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