Zamfara State Government has refuted claims making the rounds on Social Media that the state has recorded the first case of Coronavirus pandemic, popularly known as COVID-19.
In a statement on Thursday, Governor Bello Matawalle’s Special Adviser on Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, Zailani Bappa, said that a tweet shared from the handle of Daily Trust Newspaper alleging the confirmation of a first case of the disease in the state is “false and a total fabrication”.
The statement reads: “It has come to the notice of the state Government that a tweet shared from the handle of Daily Trust Newspaper alleges informs that the first case of coronavirus is recorded in Zamfara state and is fast circulating in the Social media.
“In spite of the fact that the twitter page presented as a Re-tweet of Senator Shehu Sani’s twitter handle appears fake, the state Government wishes to categorically deny this information as false and a total fabrication. Obviously, the Daily Trust twitter page is equally cloned or fake.
“In any case, the public is hereby advised to disregard this information as no case of coronavirus disease has been recorded in Zamfara state, nor any suspected case is currently being investigated.”
The governor assured the people of his commitment towards preventing the pandemic in the state, saying that all measures of safety are being put in place to prevent its occurrence.
Mr Matawalle, therefore, advised the people of the state to adhere to all safety measures and professional advice given by relevant officials, “so that the state is secured from the spread of this pandemic”.