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    How 25-year-old  US-based Nigerian died of coronavirus — after being denied test

How 25-year-old US-based Nigerian died of coronavirus — after being denied test

Bassey Offiong, a Nigerian who is a student of Western Michigan University in the US, has died of coronavirus. The 25-year-old chemical engineering student passed away on Saturday. He was expected to complete his degree in a few weeks. According to Detroit News, Asari Offiong, Bassey’s sister, said her brother had told her that he was experiencing fever, fatigue and shortness of [...]

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    Supreme court dismisses Zamfara APC application for review

Supreme court dismisses Zamfara APC application for review

The supreme court has dismissed an application by the All Progressive Congress (APC) seeking a review of the judgment which disqualified the governorship and all other candidates of the party in the Zamfara 2019 elections. Inyang Okoro, who read the decision of the five-man panel of justices, said order eight rule 16 prohibits the court from reviewing its own decision. "The supreme court [...]

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    Angela Merkel tests negative for coronavirus

Angela Merkel tests negative for coronavirus

Angela Merkel, German chancellor, has tested negative for coronavirus for a second time. Merkel reportedly quarantined herself at home on Sunday, after she had contact with her doctor who tested positive for coronavirus. The doctor was said to have administered a precautionary vaccine against pneumococcal infection on Merkel on Friday. Steffen Seibert, the chancellor’s spokesman, on Wednesday said Merkel's second coronavirus test also [...]

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    FULL LIST: Africa records 2,475 coronavirus cases, 64 deaths in 46 countries

FULL LIST: Africa records 2,475 coronavirus cases, 64 deaths in 46 countries

Africa has recorded a total of 2,475 confirmed cases of coronavirus across 46 countries. According to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (AfricaCDC), as of Wednesday evening, out of the total 2,475 cases, the continent has recorded 64 deaths and 203 recoveries. Below is the full list: Central  Africa (145 cases, five deaths, three recoveries): Cameroon 70 cases, one death, three recoveries Central African Republic five [...]

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    Kaduna fumigates markets over coronavirus

Kaduna fumigates markets over coronavirus

The Kaduna government has started disinfecting markets in the state over the coronavirus outbreak. This is coming two days after Nasir el-Rufai, the governor, ordered a partial lock down of all markets in the state, except those selling food and drugs to curb the spread of coronavirus. He also directed that the Kaduna Markets Development and Management Company to ensure that all [...]

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    Libya records first case of coronavirus

Libya records first case of coronavirus

Libya has confirmed its first case of coronavirus. According to the country's National Centre for Disease Control, the patient is a 73-year-old man who crossed into Libya from neighbouring Tunisia on March 5. The NCDC said the patient’s travel history also revealed that he had recently travelled to Saudi Arabia. The man is reported to have shown symptoms of fever and cough and is [...]

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    Osun govt shuts markets indefinitely over coronavirus

Osun govt shuts markets indefinitely over coronavirus

The Osun government has ordered the indefinite suspension of all the markets operating on a weekly basis across the state. Rafiu Isamotu, commissioner for health, disclosed this on Tuesday during a sensitization visit to the market women. Isamotu said the suspension of the weekly markets was necessary to prevent traders from neighbouring states with confirmed cases of coronavirus from coming into Osun. The [...]

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    Ecobank shuts Wuse II branch after customer dies of coronavirus

Ecobank shuts Wuse II branch after customer dies of coronavirus

Ecobank Plc says it temporarily closed its Wuse II branch in Abuja because Suleiman Achimugu, who died of coronavirus, visited the branch. Achimugu, a former managing director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), died on Monday. He is the first case of death from COVID-19 recorded in Nigeria According to a statement by the bank, Achimugu visited the branch on March [...]

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    CJN shuts ALL courts over coronavirus

CJN shuts ALL courts over coronavirus

Ibrahim Muhammad, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), has ordered that all courts in the nation to suspend judicial activities in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Muhammad gave the directive on Monday evening. On Friday, the CJN had issued a circular mandating all staff and court visitors (including lawyers, litigants, press, orderlies), to undergo screening at the court entrance. According to the [...]

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    ‘Don’t be more Muslim than Prophet  Muhammad’ — MURIC warns faithful against public gathering

‘Don’t be more Muslim than Prophet Muhammad’ — MURIC warns faithful against public gathering

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) says it will not support any Muslim found contravening the ban on public assembly due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ishaq Akintola, MURIC director, said this in a statement issued on Monday. Akintola asked Muslims to adhere to the restrictions on public assembly because it is in the best interest every citizen and not targeted at any religious [...]

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    Court grants Oyo-Ita N100m bail after lawyer raised concerns about coronavirus

Court grants Oyo-Ita N100m bail after lawyer raised concerns about coronavirus

A federal high court in Abuja has granted N100m bail to Winifred Oyo-Ita, former head of service. Oyo-Ita and eight others pleaded "not guilty" to an 18-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N570m. Paul Erokoro, who represented Oyo-Ita, asked the court to grant his client bail considering the coronavirus pandemic. "In view of the state of the world where there [...]

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    PHOTOS: EFCC arraigns Oyo-Ita over ‘N570m fraud’

PHOTOS: EFCC arraigns Oyo-Ita over ‘N570m fraud’

Winifred Oyo-Ita, a former head of service, has arrived at the federal high court in Abuja, to be arraigned on money laundering charges preferred against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Oyo-Ita is to be arraigned on 18 counts of money laundering before Taiwo Taiwo, a judge of the federal high court. Others to be arraigned alongside are Frontline [...]

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    Angela Merkel in self-isolation after her doctor tests positive for coronavirus

Angela Merkel in self-isolation after her doctor tests positive for coronavirus

Angela Merkel, German chancellor, has quarantined herself at home after having contact with her doctor who tested positive for coronavirus. Steffen Seibert, Merkel's spokesman, said the German chancellor was informed of the test result on Sunday shortly after a press conference. Seibert said the doctor had administered a precautionary vaccine against pneumococcal infection on Merkel on Friday. He said the chancellor would undergo [...]

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    Africa records over 1000 coronavirus cases across 42 countries

Africa records over 1000 coronavirus cases across 42 countries

Africa has recorded over 1,000 coronavirus cases across the continent. According to data by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on COVID-19 in Africa, there are 1,187 confirmed cases in 42 African countries. Egypt takes the lead with 294 cases, followed by South Africa with 240 cases and Algeria with 139. A total of 33 deaths have been recorded across the continent: Algeria 15, [...]

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    Italy records 6,557 new coronavirus cases, 793 deaths in 24hrs

Italy records 6,557 new coronavirus cases, 793 deaths in 24hrs

Italy has recorded 793 new deaths from coronavirus in 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 4,825 – the highest in the world. According to Worldometre, a website that gives update on the virus, the country whose population is over 60 million recorded 6,557 new cases in the last 24 hours. In total, the number of [...]

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    Emir of Daura suspends daughter’s wedding over coronavirus

Emir of Daura suspends daughter’s wedding over coronavirus

Umar Farouk, the emir of Daura, has suspended the wedding of his daughter owing to the coronavirus outbreak. The emir disclosed this on Saturday while addressing religious leaders, district heads and village heads at his palace in Daura. He said his daughter’s wedding, which was fixed for Saturday, March 28, has been postponed. Farouk advised citizens to practice good hygiene and social distancing [...]

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