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    Senators donate 50 percent of salaries to support fight against COVID-19

Senators donate 50 percent of salaries to support fight against COVID-19

The lawmakers in the upper legislative chamber say they will be donating 50 percent of their salaries from March to support the fight against coronavirus. The country has so far recorded 111 coronavirus cases and one death. President Muhammadu Buhari has since ordered the complete lockdown of the federal capital territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states as measures to check the [...]

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    NCDC: We are tracing 6,000 contacts in Lagos, Abuja

NCDC: We are tracing 6,000 contacts in Lagos, Abuja

Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says at least 6,000 people are being traced in Lagos and Abuja over their contacts with coronavirus patients. Ihekweazu disclosed this on Monday during an interview on Channels Television. He also said not less than 2,000 people have been tested across the country, explaining that since there is no known vaccine for [...]

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    NCDC DG: We expect confirmed coronavirus cases to rise but we are on top of the situation

NCDC DG: We expect confirmed coronavirus cases to rise but we are on top of the situation

Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says he expects the number of coronavirus cases in Nigeria to rise. There were 111 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country as of Sunday. Speaking when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a programme on Channels Television, Ihekweazu said the increase in the number of tests carried out will lead to an [...]

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    Anambra asks FG for N1bn to fight coronavirus

Anambra asks FG for N1bn to fight coronavirus

The Anambra government has requested N1 billion from the federal government for the fight coronavirus. C-Don Adinuba, commissioner for information and public enlightenment, made the request in a statement on Sunday. He said Willie Obiano, the governor, has dedicated a bank account domiciled in a new generation bank to mobilise funds in preventing the spread of the disease to the state. Adinuba said [...]

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    Ganduje declares one-day fast in Kano, says prayer is the best fire against coronavirus

Ganduje declares one-day fast in Kano, says prayer is the best fire against coronavirus

Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, has declared a one-day fasting and prayer to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state. Speaking on Sunday during the inauguration of the fund-raising committee on the disease, the governor asked residents to observe the fast on Monday. According to him, prayer is the best fire against the COVID-19 and the government will put more [...]

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    Nigeria records 14 new cases of coronavirus — toll hits 111

Nigeria records 14 new cases of coronavirus — toll hits 111

Nigeria has recorded 14 new cases of the coronavirus disease. Nine of the new cases were recorded in Lagos state while five were in the federal capital territory (FCT). The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced the development in a series of tweets on Sunday. Fourteen new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 9 in Lagos and 5 in FCT As [...]

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    Stipend for the vulnerable, suspension of loan repayments… 7 highlights from Buhari’s address

Stipend for the vulnerable, suspension of loan repayments… 7 highlights from Buhari’s address

After four weeks since Nigeria's first case of the novel coronavirus disease. (COVID-19) was recorded, President Muhammadu Buhari finally addressed the nation on Sunday. During his national address, the president explained the country's strategy for curbing the virus and ordered some policy responses to curb its spread. Here are five things we learnt from Buhari's speech: LOCKDOWN LAGOS, ABUJA, AND OGUN Speaking on state [...]

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    Free COVID-19 test at NIMR in Lagos — but you must show symptoms to be considered

Free COVID-19 test at NIMR in Lagos — but you must show symptoms to be considered

The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) in Lagos has announced that it will start free tests for COVID-19 on Monday.  TheCable had reported that only 178 persons had been tested for COVID-19 in the country as of March 24, according to data obtained from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).  The data shows that between 10 and 20 persons on [...]

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    COVID-19: Fayemi closes Ekiti borders, imposes curfew for 14 days

COVID-19: Fayemi closes Ekiti borders, imposes curfew for 14 days

Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti, has closed the borders of the state and imposed a curfew for 14 days beginning from Monday. These are part of measures to check the spread of the coronavirus disease. The governor took the measures after invoking section 8 of the quarantine act. In an address to residents of the state on Sunday, Fayemi said it was disappointing [...]

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    Nigeria records eight new coronavirus cases — toll now 97

Nigeria records eight new coronavirus cases — toll now 97

Nigeria has recorded eight new cases of coronavirus. The new cases were recorded in the federal capital territory (FCT), Oyo, Kaduna and Osun. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this in a series of tweets on Saturday night. Giving a breakdown of the cases, the centre said the FCT has two new cases, four in Oyo and one case each in [...]

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    Alex Okoh: My COVID-19 experience

Alex Okoh: My COVID-19 experience

Having recently arrived from two “high risk” and “hot spot” locations in Europe, I decided to self-isolate last week and observe the mandatory 14 days distancing period. However, two days ago, Tuesday March 24, with the growing number of identified cases in Nigeria, I decided to take the test. The team of the NCDC health workers who conducted the test [...]

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    El-rufai tests positive for coronavirus

El-rufai tests positive for coronavirus

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has contracted COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. El-rufai announced his status via a video he uploaded on his social media handles on Saturday. His result makes him the second governor to test positive for the virus in Nigeria, after Bala Mohammed, his Bauchi counterpart. El-Rufai said he took the test earlier in the week and has gone into [...]

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    Coronavirus toll in Nigeria now 89 as infection spreads to Benue

Coronavirus toll in Nigeria now 89 as infection spreads to Benue

Nigeria has recorded eight new coronavirus cases bringing the number of cases in the country to 89. The cases are spread across 10 states and the federal capital territory (FCT). The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced the new cases in a tweet on Saturday. It said seven of the new cases are in Lagos while one is in Benue. Of the 89 [...]

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    Has the virus causing COVID-19 mutated?

Has the virus causing COVID-19 mutated?

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    Coronavirus cases in Nigeria now 81 as disease spreads to Enugu

Coronavirus cases in Nigeria now 81 as disease spreads to Enugu

Nigeria has recorded 11 new cases of coronavirus. Eight of the 11 cases are in Lagos state, two in Enugu state and one in Edo state. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made the announcement in tweets on Friday night. "11 new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: 8 in Lagos, 2 in Enugu & 1 in Edo State," [...]

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    Nigeria records five new coronavirus cases — toll hits 70

Nigeria records five new coronavirus cases — toll hits 70

Nigeria has recorded five new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), raising the toll from 65 to 70. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed this in a tweet on Friday. In its daily update, the centre said three cases of the virus were recorded in the federal capital territory (FCT) while two were recorded in Oyo. Five new cases of #COVID19 have been [...]

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