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    COVID-19: Over 4,000 UK citizens seek evacuation from Nigeria

COVID-19: Over 4,000 UK citizens seek evacuation from Nigeria

Over 4,000 citizens of the United Kingdom have indicated interest in returning to their country amid the coronavirus pandemic. The British high commission in Nigeria broke the news in a tweet on Friday. This is coming despite Nigeria's less number of coronavirus cases compared to the figures in the UK. Nigeria currently has 190 confirmed cases of the disease. While 20 persons have [...]

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    Plus TV Africa premiers on DSTV channel 408

Plus TV Africa premiers on DSTV channel 408

Plus TV Africa has announced its premiere on the Digital Satellite Television (DSTV). In a statement on Friday, Kayode Akintemi, editor-in-chief of Plus TV Africa, said the television will be a platform for broadcasting news. He said the station will render its service on DSTV channel 408 to customers on premium, compact plus, compact, confam and yanga packages. He said Plus TV Africa [...]

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    Coronavirus: We are expecting a medical team from China, says FG

Coronavirus: We are expecting a medical team from China, says FG

The federal government says a medical team from China will arrive the country in a few days. Osagie Enahire, minister of health, broke the news at the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Friday. He also said a group of Chinese companies working in Nigeria have donated medical supplies to support the country's fight against COVID-19. He said the items include [...]

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    ‘This woman is sick as sick’ — Twitter attacks on Kemi Olunloyo over ‘death in Aso Rock’ claim

‘This woman is sick as sick’ — Twitter attacks on Kemi Olunloyo over ‘death in Aso Rock’ claim

Some Nigerians on Twitter have reacted to a claim by Kemi Olunloyo, blogger, that a high-ranking member of President Muhammadu Buhari's cabinet has died of COVID-19 complications. Olunloyo made the claim on Twitter on Thursday -- the same day TheCable reported that Abba Kyari, chief of staff to the president, is responding to treatment at a private facility in Lagos. The president’s right-hand man [...]

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    COVID-19: Group declares April 6 national day of prayer

COVID-19: Group declares April 6 national day of prayer

Legacy Initiative International, an advocacy group, has declared April 6 a national day of prayer to seek God's intervention in the fight against COVID-19. In a statement on Friday, Kenny Martins, grand patron of the initiative, said traditional and religious leaders in the country were consulted before deciding on the date. He listed some of them to include Adeyeye Ogunwusi, ooni of [...]

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    UCH Ibadan CMD tests negative for COVID-19 — five days after positive result

UCH Ibadan CMD tests negative for COVID-19 — five days after positive result

Jesse Otegbayo, chief medical director, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo state, has tested negative for COVID-19. This development is coming five days after the CMD initially tested positive for the disease. He tested positive alongside Oluwabunmi Olapade-Olaopa and Obafunke Denloye, provost and deputy provost of the hospital’s college of medicine. Otegbayo, a professor of medicine, said he took the test on Friday [...]

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    ‘We regret our action’ — finance ministry deletes tweet asking Elon Musk for ventilators

‘We regret our action’ — finance ministry deletes tweet asking Elon Musk for ventilators

The ministry of finance, budget and national planning has deleted a Twitter post where it asked Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, for free ventilators. Ventilator machines or respirators typically take over one’s breathing process when diseases (like COVID-19) cause the lungs to fail and fall short in breathing which is required to keep a patient alive as the immune system tries to fight [...]

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    IGP to police officers: Be respectful while enforcing lockdown order

IGP to police officers: Be respectful while enforcing lockdown order

Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, has directed state commissioners to monitor the conduct of police officers deployed to enforce the lockdown order. On Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a two-week lockdown of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Before the presidential directive, some state governments had shut their borders and declared a curfew to prevent the spread [...]

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    Akwa Ibom ‘took bold step’ in the fight against COVID-19

Akwa Ibom ‘took bold step’ in the fight against COVID-19

Akwa Ibom state government has been commended for "taking the bold and courageous step" to have their citizens tested for the coronavirus disease - the result of which yielded five positive cases. In a statement signed by Grace Anderson, coordinator of one of the groups, Coalition of Healthcare Professionals based in Atlanta, Georgia, the group commended the governor, for "taking the [...]

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    American diagnosed of coronavirus evacuated from Nigeria

American diagnosed of coronavirus evacuated from Nigeria

An American citizen diagnosed of COVID-19 in Lagos state has been evacuated to the US. Akin Abayomi, the state commissioner for health, broke the news in a tweet on Wednesday. He said the state has recorded 82 coronavirus cases, which is the highest toll recorded by any state in the country. Abayomi said eight patients have recovered from the disease in the state [...]

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    Nigeria records 12 new coronavirus cases — toll rises to 151

Nigeria records 12 new coronavirus cases — toll rises to 151

Nigeria has recorded 12 new coronavirus cases bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 151. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this in a tweet on Wednesday. It said the new cases are spread across Edo, Osun and Ekiti states. https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1245312493599297536 Osun recorded nine new cases, Edo two, and Ekiti one. "Twelve new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 9 [...]

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    Truck kills six persons in Lagos

Truck kills six persons in Lagos

An accident involving a truck with an unknown registration number has killed six persons on Epe expressway in Lagos state. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, director-general of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday. He said the truck, which belongs to Dangote Cement company, fell on a loaded commercial taxi OPEL car with registration number SMK-312ES. Oke-Osanyintolu said the [...]

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    Coronavirus: 31 patients recover in Ghana

Coronavirus: 31 patients recover in Ghana

Thirty-one coronavirus patients in Ghana have been discharged after recovering from the disease. Kwaku Agyemang, the country's health minister, broke the news during an interview with journalists on Tuesday. The country has confirmed 161 coronavirus cases, of which five deaths have been recorded. Agyemang said the 31 recovered patients will be monitored closely in their respective homes. "We have conducted some tests and 31 [...]

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    Abayomi: Why coronavirus patients complain about Lagos isolation centres

Abayomi: Why coronavirus patients complain about Lagos isolation centres

Akin Abayomi, Lagos commissioner for health, says complaints by Nigerians on medical attention provided at isolation centres is as a result of lack of preparedness for the nature of the centres. A video which went viral on social media showed a man, who identified himself as Alamatu, lamenting about the mode of operation at the isolation centre in the state. In the video, [...]

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    Nigeria’s coronavirus toll rises to 135 — 4 new cases recorded

Nigeria’s coronavirus toll rises to 135 — 4 new cases recorded

Nigeria has recorded four new coronavirus cases bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 135. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this in a tweet on Monday. This is coming less than 24 hours after the country recorded 20 new cases.   As at 11:15 am 31st March, there are 135 confirmed cases 2 deaths For a breakdown of cases by [...]

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    SCAM ALERT: Finance ministry didn’t ask for donations to fight COVID-19, says Zainab Ahmed

SCAM ALERT: Finance ministry didn’t ask for donations to fight COVID-19, says Zainab Ahmed

Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, budget and national planning, says her ministry did not request donations from the public to tackle coronavirus in the country. In a statement on Sunday, Yunusa Abdullahi, special adviser on media & communications to the minister, dissociated the ministry from a letter circulating on social media requesting donations from the public. Abdullahi said the letter was a [...]

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