Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Chinedu Asadu

    Coronavirus: Countries we are looking up to for assistance also facing challenges, says FG

Coronavirus: Countries we are looking up to for assistance also facing challenges, says FG

The federal government says many of the countries it is hoping will help Nigeria fight the coronavirus pandemic are also facing challenges. During a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, however, said the countries are still “cooperating”. He said Nigeria is learning measures being used to combat COVID-19, and is also in touch with those that [...]

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    WHO: Over 50 vaccine trials ongoing for COVID-19

WHO: Over 50 vaccine trials ongoing for COVID-19

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says there are more than 50 trials for a vaccine on COVID-19. When she appeared on a Channels Television programme on Tuesday,  Fiona Braka, country officer for WHO in Nigeria, said there is also a multi-country trial for a drug for the virus. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in December, at least 828,000 persons have so far [...]

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    Reps donate salaries for two months to fight coronavirus

Reps donate salaries for two months to fight coronavirus

Members of the house of representatives have resolved to donate their salaries for two months to support the fight against coronavirus, according to Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker. In a video message on Tuesday, Gbajabiamila said the salary being forfeited to the federal government will be independent of the individual contributions the lawmakers may decide to make. TheCable understands the monthly salary of each of [...]

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    ‘Akure incident was caused by explosives’ — mining society counters OAU prof

‘Akure incident was caused by explosives’ — mining society counters OAU prof

The Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) has faulted the claim of Adepelumi Adekunle, a geophysicist, that the reported explosion in Akure, Ondo state, was an impact from meteors. In a statement on Friday, Obadiah Nkom, NMGS president, said the blast was caused by explosives and not a natural phenomenon. Adekunle, a professor of geophysics and earthquake engineering at Obafemi Awolowo University [...]

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    US doctor: How I treated 500 coronavirus patients with anti-malaria drug (video)

US doctor: How I treated 500 coronavirus patients with anti-malaria drug (video)

Vladimir Zelenko, a medical doctor in the United States, has narrated how he treated hundreds of coronavirus patients with anti-malaria drugs with no death recorded. Zelenko, who has been in the news following his claims about the use of hydroxychloroquine in treating the infection, said he has used the drug to treat 450 to 500 patients. In an interview with Rudy Giuliani, [...]

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    ‘We are not at war’ — Soyinka tackles Buhari for locking down Abuja, Lagos

‘We are not at war’ — Soyinka tackles Buhari for locking down Abuja, Lagos

Wole Soyinka, playwright and Nobel laureate, has questioned President Muhammadu Buhari's decision to lock down Lagos, Ogun and Abuja amid the coronavirus outbreak. In a statement on Monday, Soyinka said Nigeria is not in a war, demanding answers on whether Buhari has such powers to declare the curfew. In his nationwide broadcast on Sunday, the president announced restriction of movement in the two [...]

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    Akure ‘explosion’ was impact from meteors NOT explosives, says OAU prof

Akure ‘explosion’ was impact from meteors NOT explosives, says OAU prof

The explosion that rocked Akure, Ondo state capital, on Saturday, was caused by a giant rock from space known as meteors, a team of experts have concluded. A meteor is what happens when a meteoroid – a small piece of an asteroid – burns up upon entering earth’s atmosphere, creating a streak of light in the sky. The experts led by Adepelumi Adekunle, a [...]

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    Coronavirus: Italy records 919 deaths in one day as toll hits 9,000

Coronavirus: Italy records 919 deaths in one day as toll hits 9,000

Italy has recorded 919 deaths from the coronavirus, setting a fresh record of the highest casualty from the disease in a day. According to Worldometres, which computes global statistics on the pandemic, the country also recorded fresh 5,909 cases. This brings the total deaths in Italy to 9,134 out of the 86,498 cases recorded so far. The United States remains the country with [...]

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    Six coronavirus patients now negative, says Sanwo-Olu

Six coronavirus patients now negative, says Sanwo-Olu

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, says six coronavirus patients in the state have tested negative. Sanwo-Olu said this while giving an update on the disease in Lagos on Friday. Tunde Ajayi, his special assistant on health, had disclosed on Twitter on Thursday afternoon that six patients would soon be discharged. Sanwo-Olu did not state whether they are the same patients. He, however, said they [...]

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    Nigeria’s coronavirus test rate rises by 32% — after Jack Ma’s donation

Nigeria’s coronavirus test rate rises by 32% — after Jack Ma’s donation

Twenty-four hours after donated medical supplies including test kits arrived in Nigeria, the country's test rate for coronavirus shot up by 32 percent. By the end of March 25, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) carried out 262 tests for the disease, according to data obtained by TheCable. Of that number, 84 tests were carried out on Wednesday alone, indicating a [...]

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    Lassa fever death toll rises to 176 — amid battle against coronavirus

Lassa fever death toll rises to 176 — amid battle against coronavirus

Nigeria has recorded three more deaths from the Lassa fever outbreak, raising the total death in 2020 to 176. The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed this on Thursday in its latest situation report. It said 28 new cases were also recorded, shooting the total number of those infected up to 932 across at least 27 states. The NCDC  added that the states [...]

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    Nigeria’s coronavirus cases hit 65 — 12 new patients in Lagos

Nigeria’s coronavirus cases hit 65 — 12 new patients in Lagos

Nigeria has recorded 14 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number from 51 to 65. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this via its Twitter handle on Thursday night. It said 12 of the cases are in Lagos while two are in Abuja. The centre said six of the new cases were “detected on a vessel”, while three are returning [...]

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    IN DETAIL: Nigeria NOT doing well — only 178 tested for coronavirus so far

IN DETAIL: Nigeria NOT doing well — only 178 tested for coronavirus so far

Late Wednesday, five more cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Nigeria -- bringing the total number of those infected to 51. With that number, Nigeria ranked 111 out of the 198 countries where the pandemic persists. But there is no need for cheers. Here is why: As of the end of March 24, only 178 persons have been tested for COVID-19 [...]

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    Coronavirus cases in Nigeria now 51 as infection spreads to Rivers

Coronavirus cases in Nigeria now 51 as infection spreads to Rivers

The number of coronavirus cases in Nigeria has reached 51, with five more persons infected. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this via its Twitter handle on Wednesday. It said one of those infected is in Rivers while Lagos and Abuja recorded two new cases each. The centre said three of the new cases are returning travellers while two are close contacts [...]

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    Kenya president, VP take 80% salary cut to fund fight against coronavirus

Kenya president, VP take 80% salary cut to fund fight against coronavirus

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has announced that he is taking an 80 percent salary cut alongside the vice-president to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday, Kenyatta also announced members of the federal cabinet would have their salaries slashed by 30 percent. He added that salaries of chief administrative secretaries and principal secretaries would also be reduced by [...]

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    Obaseki, Oyetola, Fayemi… governors undergoing test for coronavirus

Obaseki, Oyetola, Fayemi… governors undergoing test for coronavirus

On Wednesday, Gboyega Oyetola, governor of Osun state, took the test for coronavirus after the state recorded its first case of the disease.  He joined a growing number of governors now testing for the virus, after exposing themselves, either through the persons they had met or where they had been to. There are reports that the 46 confirmed cases in Nigeria as [...]

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