Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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    ‘Fake charities springing up over COVID-19 donations’ — Magu raises the alarm

‘Fake charities springing up over COVID-19 donations’ — Magu raises the alarm

Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has asked Nigerians to be cautious of making donations for the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement on Wednesday, Tony Orilade, acting spokesperson of the commission, said Magu warned the public against fake charities springing up to offer guidelines on donations to the government and citizens. Magu also asked the public [...]

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    COVID-19: DisCos ‘planning’ two-month free electricity for Nigerians

COVID-19: DisCos ‘planning’ two-month free electricity for Nigerians

The 11 electricity distribution companies (DisCos) in the country say they are working to provide free electricity to all Nigerians for two months. In a statement on Wednesday, Sunday Oduntan, spokesperson of the DisCos, said this is to mitigate the hardship of Nigerians during the coronavirus pandemic. The executive director of research and advocacy, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), the [...]

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    Four COVID-19 patients receiving treatment at LUTH

Four COVID-19 patients receiving treatment at LUTH

The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, says it has admitted four COVID-19 patients into its new isolation facility. Wasiu Adeyemo, chairman of medical advisory committee at LUTH, said three adults and a child are currently being treated over COVID-19 in the hospital. “They are part of those already confirmed, but staying at home. Now they are under admission. They are stable [...]

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    Katsina lifts ban on Friday prayers — despite recording COVID-19 death

Katsina lifts ban on Friday prayers — despite recording COVID-19 death

The Katsina state government has lifted the ban on Friday prayers with immediate effect. This is coming a few hours after Aminu Masari, the governor, announced that a 60-year-old medical doctor in the state died from the complications of COVID-19. On March 28, police arrested a cleric for conducting Friday prayers despite a ban on large gathering. The following day, a group of [...]

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    COVID-19: AYM Shafa donates N20m medical equipment to Bauchi

COVID-19: AYM Shafa donates N20m medical equipment to Bauchi

AYM Shafa Limited, an oil and gas company, has donated medical equipment worth 20 million naira to Bauchi state. In a statement on Wednesday, Ladan Salihu, chief of staff to the governor, said the donation is to support the state in the fight against coronavirus. He said the equipment, which was received by Baba Tela, the deputy governor, will also alleviate the [...]

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    COVID-19: Romania probes hospital where 10 newborns tested positive but mothers didn’t

COVID-19: Romania probes hospital where 10 newborns tested positive but mothers didn’t

A maternity hospital in Romania, a southeastern European country, is under investigation after 10 newborn babies tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility. The babies, who have shown no symptoms yet, were suspected to have contracted the disease from healthcare staff. In an interview with a television station on Monday, Nelu Tataru, the country's health minister, said the babies have been taken [...]

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    China records no COVID-19 death in 24 hours — first time since outbreak

China records no COVID-19 death in 24 hours — first time since outbreak

China has reported no COVID-19 death in a day, the first time since the outbreak of the disease in the country. On Tuesday, the published daily updates of the coronavirus showed that no death was recorded in 24 hours, though the government is facing allegations of under-reporting figures. The National Health Commission said it had 32 confirmed cases who arrived from foreign [...]

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    Ogun confirms two new COVID-19 cases

Ogun confirms two new COVID-19 cases

The Ogun state government has announced two new positive cases of COVID-19. Dapo Abiodun, governor of Ogun, while addressing journalists on Monday, said the two new cases in the state have no history of recent travels or contacts with any of the initially confirmed patients. Abiodun said the new cases, which were identified at Obafemi Owode and Yewa south local government [...]

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    Kaduna threatens to revert to 24-hour lockdown as residents flout order

Kaduna threatens to revert to 24-hour lockdown as residents flout order

The Kaduna state government has threatened to revert to its initial 24-hour lockdown over the violation of the directive on restriction of movement over coronavirus. The government had reviewed the total lockdown in the state by giving a two-day window of Tuesday and Wednesday every week to enable residents buy food and other essential commodities. In a statement on Monday, Hadiza Balarabe, [...]

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    COVID-19: 84,000 people to benefit from N1.6bn relief fund in Kano

COVID-19: 84,000 people to benefit from N1.6bn relief fund in Kano

The ministry of humanitarian affairs and disaster management says President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the payment of N1.6 billion to 84,000 beneficiaries in Kano state to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on citizens. Temitope Sinkaiye, national coordinator of the programme, while speaking during a courtesy visit to Nasiru Gawuna, the state's deputy governor, said N20,000 will be distributed to [...]

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    CSOs ask govt to release guidelines on distribution of relief materials

CSOs ask govt to release guidelines on distribution of relief materials

A coalition of civil society groups has asked the federal and state governments to release guidelines on relief materials donated to cushion the effect of the lockdown on citizens. The coalition includes Human and Environmental Development Agenda, (HEDA Resource Centre), Women Advocacy Research and Documentation Centre (WARD-C), Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and HELP CENTRE. Others are Civil Society Network Against [...]

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    Nigerian Correctional Service: Four inmates died during attempted jailbreak in Kaduna

Nigerian Correctional Service: Four inmates died during attempted jailbreak in Kaduna

The Kaduna state command of the Nigerian Correctional Service says four inmates died during an attempted jailbreak in its facility. On Tuesday, some prisoners at the Kaduna correctional centre attempted to escape over rumours that an infected person was in the facility but security operatives reportedly foiled it. In a statement, Sanusi Danmusa, comptroller of the state command, said the inmates died in [...]

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    Fayemi appoints Fayose into committee on resource mobilisation against COVID-19

Fayemi appoints Fayose into committee on resource mobilisation against COVID-19

Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti, has appointed Ayodele Fayose, his predecessor, into the the COVID-19 response resource mobilisation committee. Fayose alongside Niyi Adebayo and Segun Oni, also former governors of Ekiti were named patrons of the committee while Afe Babalola, a notable lawyer, was named the grand patron. In a statement on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, Biodun Oyebanji, secretary to [...]

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    We’ve found patient who fled isolation centre, says Osun govt

We’ve found patient who fled isolation centre, says Osun govt

The Osun state government has found the COVID-19 patient who reportedly fled its isolation centre. Ishmael Omipidan, chief press secretary to the governor, said the patient was found on Saturday afternoon. "The missing person has been recovered a few minutes ago," Omipidan said in a Facebook post. There were reports that six patients who tested positive for the disease fled the isolation centre. But [...]

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    Ondo records first COVID-19 case

Ondo records first COVID-19 case

Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo, has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the state.  In a series of tweets, the governor said the case was confirmed on Friday evening. "We have just received confirmation of our first positive #COVIDー19 case in Ondo State this evening," the governor said. "The infected person is currently under isolation and will be monitored. We have activated [...]

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    Coronavirus: We’ve tested 4,000 persons, says NCDC

Coronavirus: We’ve tested 4,000 persons, says NCDC

Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says the agency has tested about 4,000 persons for coronavirus. At a media briefing on Friday Ihekweazu also said 6,700 contacts have so far been identified. He said the country has scaled up its testing capacity with a new laboratory at the federal capital territory (FCT), bringing the total number of [...]

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