Thursday, August 6, 2020

Tag "Coronavirus"

    Ondo shuts two schools over violation of COVID-19 guidelines

Ondo shuts two schools over violation of COVID-19 guidelines

Speaking in Akure, the state capital, on Wednesday, Akin Asaniyan, permanent secretary of the state ministry of education, science and technology, said two schools defied the COVID-19 protocols. He identified the schools as CAC Grammar School, Ondo road, Akure; and Akure Academy, Oba- Ile in Akure North local government area of the state. [...]

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    Report: How health ministry awarded 15 of 29 COVID-19 contracts to one company

Report: How health ministry awarded 15 of 29 COVID-19 contracts to one company

The federal ministry of health awarded 15 out of 29 COVID-19 contracts to a single company, a report by CivicHive of BudgIT, a non-governmental organisation, has revealed. The 15 contracts worth N444.28 million were awarded to Marvelous Mike Press Limited. This information is contained in a report released by CivicHive of BudgIT, an organisation focused on transparency and good governance. In a series [...]

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    Peter Obi: COVID-19 has exposed years of leadership failure in Nigeria

Peter Obi: COVID-19 has exposed years of leadership failure in Nigeria

Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, says the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed years of leadership failure in Nigeria. Speaking during a virtual event organised by Bridge Leadership Foundation for the 10th edition of its career day tagged, 'The Global Economy: Adapting to the New Normal', Obi said the process of selecting leaders in the country is weak. The former governor, who [...]

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    Abayomi: We could spend up to N1m daily on a COVID-19 patient

Abayomi: We could spend up to N1m daily on a COVID-19 patient

Akin Abayomi, commissioner for health in Lagos state, says the government spends between N500,000 and N1 million daily to treat a COVID-19 patient in critical condition. Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday, Abayomi said the cost of managing a patient depends on factors such as being mild, moderate or severe. The commissioner said up to N100,000 can be spent on a [...]

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    Report: Madagascar hospitals overflow with COVID-19 cases — despite herbal ‘remedy’

Report: Madagascar hospitals overflow with COVID-19 cases — despite herbal ‘remedy’

Public hospitals in Madagascar have decried the spike in COVID-19 cases recorded in the country. According to a report by Bloomberg, the hospitals said they have reached full capacity and will only accept patients with the most severe forms of COVID-19. On July 5, Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina reimposed a lockdown on the country’s central region until July 26. The development came after [...]

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    Test results on COVID-19 drug show ‘severe complications reduced by 79%’ in patients

Test results on COVID-19 drug show ‘severe complications reduced by 79%’ in patients

Preliminary results from the clinical trial of a protein drug show that the number of COVID-19 patients in need of intensive care treatment can be significantly reduced. The drug is produced by Synairgen, a respiratory drug discovery and development company, based in Southampton, UK. The treatment uses a protein called interferon beta which the body produces when infected with a virus. The protein [...]

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    INVESTIGATION: What’s killing them in Kogi? Unexplained deaths rise, fuelling COVID-19 scare

INVESTIGATION: What’s killing them in Kogi? Unexplained deaths rise, fuelling COVID-19 scare

As it was getting dark, a masked medical doctor who was examining TheCable reporter at the Yahaya Memorial Hospital, Ankpa, Kogi state, held his gaze at his latest patient. After a couple of more questions, the middle-aged doctor reclined to his armchair and, with a deep breath, admitted he was worried that the symptoms were very much like those of [...]

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    FG: Schools will remain closed till safety is guaranteed

FG: Schools will remain closed till safety is guaranteed

The federal government says it is not yet safe for academic activities to resume in schools across the country. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, minister of state for education, said this while addressing reporters at the end of the eighth virtual federal executive council meeting, on Wednesday. The federal government had ordered the closure of schools since March to curb the spread of the virus. Despite [...]

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    Over 7,000 South African police officers contract COVID-19

Over 7,000 South African police officers contract COVID-19

A total of 7,021 South African police officers have tested positive for COVID-19. Bheki Cele, South African police minister, disclosed this during a press conference, on Wednesday. He said 53 officers have died of the virus which is responsible for the death of more than 4,300 persons in the country. According to NAN, Cele said 4,949 police officers have been quarantined in Pretoria, [...]

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    ‘He claimed to be a VIP’ — FAAN condemns Yari for violating COVID-19 airport protocol

‘He claimed to be a VIP’ — FAAN condemns Yari for violating COVID-19 airport protocol

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says Abdulaziz Yari, former governor of Zamfara, violated COVID-19 protocol at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport. In a statement on Wednesday, the agency said the incident happened on Saturday when Yari allegedly pushed away an officer of the environment department who wanted to disinfect his bag. According to the tweets, the ex-governor claimed that [...]

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    COVID-19: Second phase of vaccine trial yields positive result

COVID-19: Second phase of vaccine trial yields positive result

An experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna Therapeutics, a US biotech firm, has generated a positive response in a second human trial. The trial, which involved 45 healthy volunteers, was designed to test the safety of the vaccine. The result which showed the vaccine's effectiveness is contained in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, on Tuesday. The biotech firm first announced [...]

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    In Ghana, 55 test positive for COVID-19 in high school — after partial reopening

In Ghana, 55 test positive for COVID-19 in high school — after partial reopening

Fifty-five persons have tested positive for the coronavirus in a high school in Ghana. This was contained in a joint statement signed by Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, director-general, Ghana Education Service (GES); and Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, director-general, Ghana Health Service (GHS), on Monday. The development comes weeks after schools in Ghana partially reopened in June. President Nana Akufo-Addo had directed graduating senior secondary students to resume [...]

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    Global COVID-19 tally nears 13m as WHO reports 230,000 cases in one day

Global COVID-19 tally nears 13m as WHO reports 230,000 cases in one day

It took the world 11 weeks to record that number of cases at the beginning of the pandemic as the total number as of March 11 stood at 245,000. The new tally eclipses the previous record of 228,102 daily infections which was announced on July 10. The WHO said deaths remained steady at about 5,000 in the last 24 hours. The countries with [...]

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    Lagos seals off ‘unauthorised’ COVID-19 test centre

Lagos seals off ‘unauthorised’ COVID-19 test centre

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    Richard Quest: I recovered from COVID-19 two months ago but I’m still discovering new areas of damage

Richard Quest: I recovered from COVID-19 two months ago but I’m still discovering new areas of damage

Richard Quest, a presenter for CNN, US news-based pay television channel, says he is discovering new areas of "damage" to his body system, two months after recovering from COVID-19. On April 20, Quest, better known for hosting Quest Means Business, tested positive for COVID-19 but recovered on May 5. In an article published on Tuesday, Quest said indications of the coronavirus, including cough [...]

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    Agbakoba to FG: Merge customs, immigration to eliminate duplication of roles

Agbakoba to FG: Merge customs, immigration to eliminate duplication of roles

Olisa Agbakoba, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has suggested that the federal government merge the Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigerian Immigration Service to strengthen the country's trade policy. In an article titled 'Avoiding or mitigating recession in post-COVID Nigeria', Agbakoba suggested that the National Customs and Border Enforcement Services should be established to replace both agencies. He said [...]

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