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Coronavirus: Break cycle of misinformation – UN tells Nigerians

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The United Nations, UN, has called for more efforts from all Nigerians towards ending the menace of misinformation in the country as coronavirus continues to spread across the country.

UN Information Centre, UNIC, National Information Officer, Dr. Oluseyi Soremekun, said this during a Webinar on “Overriding Influence of misinformation’’ on the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, NAN reports.

Soremekun, who described misinformation as a common enemy, urged Nigerians to play their part to break the spread of misinformation received on their phones or other devices, saying this was the only way to break the cycle of fake news in the country.

According to him, such activities through the UN Regional Information Centre, inciting and misleading posts without medical advice had been filtered down and brought down on Facebook and other platforms.

He said that the UN body had partnered with celebrities, musicians, and comedians to develop content to reflect authentic narratives about COVlD-19.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced that another 64 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the last 24 hours, bringing to 1,337 the number of confirmed cases in the country as of Monday night.

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