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    69 Nigerians trapped in Lebanon have returned home, says FG

69 Nigerians trapped in Lebanon have returned home, says FG

Fifty female victims of trafficking and 19 other persons who were stranded in Lebanon have been evacuated to Nigeria. Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, who made the announcement, said they arrived in the country on Sunday. He acknowledged the support of the Lebanese government and the Lebanese community in Nigeria in ensuring safe evacuation of the affected persons. "With the financial and [...]

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    31 COVID-19 patients discharged in Lagos

31 COVID-19 patients discharged in Lagos

Thirty-one more COVID-19 patients have been discharged in Lagos after testing negative for the coronavirus. The state ministry of health made the announcement via a series of tweets on Sunday. The patients, 12 females and 19 males, were discharged from the state's isolation centres. Giving a breakdown of the recoveries, the ministry said 13 persons were discharged from Onikan, 11 from Gbagada, five [...]

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    Benue makes U-turn, reinstates ban on religious gatherings

Benue makes U-turn, reinstates ban on religious gatherings

The Benue state government has reversed its decision to lift the ban on religious gatherings. On Thursday, Samuel Ortom, governor of the state, lifted the ban on gatherings in churches and mosques as well as other public gatherings. But speaking with journalists at the government house in Makurdi, the state capital, on Saturday, the governor announced a reversal of the decision, saying [...]

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    Ogun extends lockdown for fourth time

Ogun extends lockdown for fourth time

Dapo Abiodun, governor of Ogun, has extended the partial lockdown in the state by another week. He made the announcement on Friday while giving an update on the COVID-19 situation in the state. This is the fourth time the lockdown will be extended in Ogun since President Muhammadu Buhari restriction og movement in Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital territory (FCT) on [...]

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    EU donates PPEs, sanitisers to sexual assault referral centres in 11 states

EU donates PPEs, sanitisers to sexual assault referral centres in 11 states

The European Union's Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) programme has donated personal protective equipment (PPEs) to staff of Sexual Assault Referral Centers (SARCs) in 11 states. The SARCs that benefited from the intervention are in Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Niger, Sokoto and Yobe. There are reports that the COVID-19 pandemic has fuelled sexual and gender-based violence [...]

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    14 more COVID-19 patients discharged in FCT

14 more COVID-19 patients discharged in FCT

Mohammed Bello, minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), says 14 more COVID-19 patients were discharged in the nation's capital on Thursday. In a tweet on Friday, Bello said the patients were discharged after their subsequent tests came back negative. The minister said the development brings the total number of discharged patients in the FCT to 133. "On Thursday, May 21, 2020, fourteen [...]

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    UK pledges £20m to Africa’s fight against COVID-19

UK pledges £20m to Africa’s fight against COVID-19

The United Kingdom has pledged £20 million to support the African Union in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. While announcing the funding on Wednesday, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, UK's international development secretary, said it is part of the Africa anti-COVID-19 fund to tackle the disease and save lives. According to Trevelyan, the fund will be used to recruit health experts and deploy them where [...]

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    SGF asks governors who have relaxed lockdown to reconsider their decisions

SGF asks governors who have relaxed lockdown to reconsider their decisions

Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, has called on governors across the country to exercise caution in relaxing the lockdown in their respective states. Bauchi, Kano, Adamawa, Cross River, Borno, among other states have relaxed the lockdown measures by lifting the ban on religious gatherings. This is despite the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the states and the [...]

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    COVID-19: Our second trip to Kogi will be successful, says Ehanire

COVID-19: Our second trip to Kogi will be successful, says Ehanire

Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, says a second trip by officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to Kogi state will be successful. Controversy followed the first visit of NCDC officials to the state. Yahaya Bello, the governor, had ordered the officials to leave the state  or accept to be quarantined for 14 days. The centre said Kogi has only [...]

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    Abayomi: If you live in a crowded house, wear a mask to prevent COVID-19

Abayomi: If you live in a crowded house, wear a mask to prevent COVID-19

Akin Abayomi, commissioner for health in Lagos state, has advised those who reside in crowded places to wear masks. The government of Lagos has made wearing of masks in public places compulsory to limit the spread of COVID-19. But at a press conference on Thursday, the commissioner said there is a risk of contracting coronavirus in rowdy places, hence the advice to [...]

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    78 COVID-19 cases linked to one company in Oyo

78 COVID-19 cases linked to one company in Oyo

Fifteen more workers at iSON Xperiences in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, have tested positive for COVID-19. Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo, made the announcement in a statement issued on Thursday morning. iSON Xperiences, located in Ibadan, specialises in, among other things, partnering with organisations to provide customer care services. A total of 78 confirmed COVID-19 cases have now been recorded in the [...]

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    Lagos doctors suspend sit-at-home protest

Lagos doctors suspend sit-at-home protest

The Lagos state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has suspended its sit-at-home directive to its members. On Wednesday, the NMA issued the directive to protest against the “incessant harassment” of doctors and other health workers by security agents enforcing the directive on restriction of movement in Lagos. More than 50 essential workers, including doctors, were said to have been arrested by the [...]

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    NCDC DG: Why some COVID-19 patients dance in isolation centres

NCDC DG: Why some COVID-19 patients dance in isolation centres

Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says some COVID-19 patients dance in isolation centres because the disease may not weaken some people’s body system as badly as others. Speaking during a Channels TV programme on Thursday, Ihekweazu said their confinement is not only because of their sickness but to prevent them from spreading the virus. He, however, [...]

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    OSIWA: How we strengthened Nigeria’s response to COVID-19

OSIWA: How we strengthened Nigeria’s response to COVID-19

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) says it has so far provided support worth over N165 million to strengthen Nigeria’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. In a document shared with TheCable, Udo Jude Ilo, the organisation’s country officer, said the support was rendered through advocacy measures and making grants available to OSIWA partners, public institutions, the media and civil [...]

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    Cross River lifts ban on religious gatherings

Cross River lifts ban on religious gatherings

Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River, has lifted the ban on religious gaherings in the state. This was contained in a statement issued by the governor on Wednesday. According to the statement, the governor acknowledged the efforts and cooperation of religious leaders in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Ayade said he was "conscious of the spiritual economy", and that his action was [...]

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    78-year-old COVID-19 patient dies in Delta

78-year-old COVID-19 patient dies in Delta

A 78-year-old man, who tested positive for COVID-19, has died in Delta state. With the latest announcement, a total of six COVID-19 deaths have now been recorded in the state. Mordi Ononye, the commissioner for health, made the announcement in a statement issued on Wednesday, according to a series of tweets on the government's handle. The patient was said to have been transferred [...]

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