Tag "Covid-19"

    After lawmaker’s death, Lagos assembly directs members to undergo COVID-19 test

After lawmaker’s death, Lagos assembly directs members to undergo COVID-19 test

Members of the Lagos state house of assembly have been directed to get tested for COVID-19. Temitope Adewale, lawmaker representing Ifako Ijaiye constituency I, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday. The development comes after the death of Tunde Braimoh, lawmaker representing Kosofe constituency II, on July 10. Braimoh was the chairman, house committee on information, security and strategy. Adewale added that he had [...]

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    How woman infected 71 persons with COVID-19 through the elevator

How woman infected 71 persons with COVID-19 through the elevator

A woman in China accidentally infected at least 71 people with COVID-19 after using the elevator in her tower block, according to a study.  The study was carried out by researchers at the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the report, the woman returned to her home in the Chinese province of Heilongjiang on March 19 following a trip [...]

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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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    Nigeria’s COVID-19 death toll drops again — lowest in two weeks

Nigeria’s COVID-19 death toll drops again — lowest in two weeks

For the first time in two weeks, Nigeria's COVID-19 death toll dropped below five in the daily count. While four deaths were recorded on June 27, between June 28 and July 12, the number of COVID-19 fatalities dropped to as low as five on July 9, and rose to as high as 20 on July 10. According to the update by the [...]

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    ‘We could infect 2,000 people per day’ — Amaechi says rail services wouldn’t reopen now

‘We could infect 2,000 people per day’ — Amaechi says rail services wouldn’t reopen now

Rotimi Amaechi, minister for transportation, says reopening rail services in Nigeria could mean an additional 2,000 novel coronavirus infections per day.   The minister added that Nigeria will return to subsidising train transportation if rail services reopen with social distancing in place to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Speaking with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show, Amaechi said it [...]

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    COVID-19: FG to ban some countries from flying to Nigeria

COVID-19: FG to ban some countries from flying to Nigeria

Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, says the federal government will not allow some countries to operate international flights to Nigeria. Addressing journalists at the daily briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 on Monday, Sirika said the government will not be in a hurry to resume international flights as whatever decisions to be made would be in the interest [...]

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    NCDC: COVID-19 may be transmitted through air

NCDC: COVID-19 may be transmitted through air

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says there is evidence showing the possibility of airborne transmission of the coronavirus. Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the NCDC, made this known at the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Monday. The development comes four days after the World Health Organisation (WHO), in its updated guidelines, said airborne transmission of the coronavirus is [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: I saved billions of dollars as finance minister

Okonjo-Iweala: I saved billions of dollars as finance minister

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, says billions of dollars were saved under her watch. She served as finance minister from 2003 to 2006 as well as between 2011 and 2015. Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's candidate for the World Trade Organisation director-general election, made the claim in an article published on Bloomberg. The article titled "To Beat Covid-19, Governments Need to Open Up" emphasises the [...]

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    Reduce number of learners, social distancing in staff rooms… FG releases guidelines for school resumption

Reduce number of learners, social distancing in staff rooms… FG releases guidelines for school resumption

The federal government has released new guidelines in preparation for the resumption of schools across the country. The document, which is focused on reducing the risk COVID-19 infections within learning environments, was published on Monday, although no date has been fixed yet for resumption of schools. The guidelines were developed by the federal ministry of education, in collaboration with the ministry of [...]

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    Rate cut, moratorium… BOI lists measures taken to help SMEs during COVID-19 pandemic

Rate cut, moratorium… BOI lists measures taken to help SMEs during COVID-19 pandemic

The Bank of Industry (BOI) says it has been working out ways to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Kayode Pitan, BOI managing director, listed measures undertaken by the bank at a recent webinar where he spoke on 'Overcoming business challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic- BOI support framework'. Pitan said the bank is [...]

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    NMA: 35 doctors have contracted COVID-19 in Kwara

NMA: 35 doctors have contracted COVID-19 in Kwara

The Kwara branch of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) says 35 doctors have so far tested positive for COVID-19 in the state. Kolade Solagberu, the state NMA chairman, who spoke to journalists on Monday, however, noted that the association has not recorded any casualty among its members. He cautioned residents to disregard the belief that COVID-19 is not real and that it [...]

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    Chris Okotie says Bill Gates leading agenda to destabilise the world with COVID-19

Chris Okotie says Bill Gates leading agenda to destabilise the world with COVID-19

Chris Okotie, the founder of the Household of God Church, has joined conspiracy theorists alleging that the COVID-19 pandemic is a grand conspiracy to reduce the global population. In an 80-minute video on YouTube, Okotie accused Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, of leading a global conspiracy to destabilize the world economy and execute a "satanic agenda" against the church. The religious leader, however, [...]

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    Ebonyi records highest day count as NCDC confirms 571 new COVID-19 infections

Ebonyi records highest day count as NCDC confirms 571 new COVID-19 infections

For the first time in weeks, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Ebonyi state has jumped by almost 2,000 percent within a 24-hour period. According to the update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday night, Ebonyi joined the list of states with a record number of daily infections, as 108 samples were confirmed positive. With the new [...]

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    ‘Our colleagues working at isolation centres being owed’ — Lagos doctors begin warning strike

‘Our colleagues working at isolation centres being owed’ — Lagos doctors begin warning strike

Doctors, under the aegis of the Medical Guild in Lagos state, have declared a three-day warning strike over issues affecting their safety and welfare. Medical Guild is the association of doctors under the employment of the Lagos state government. Oluwajimi Sodipo, chairman of the Guild, said the strike, which would run from July 13 to 16, would exempt members working in the [...]

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    UK denies Air Peace landing rights to evacuate stranded Nigerians

UK denies Air Peace landing rights to evacuate stranded Nigerians

An Air Peace airline flight deployed to evacuate stranded Nigerians in the UK has been denied landing rights. A statement released by the Nigeria high commission in London on Sunday, the evacuation flights from London Heathrow to Abuja and Lagos will now depart on Tuesday, July 14. According to the statement, the flights will now depart from Gatwick Airport aboard an Air [...]

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    Kwara deputy governor’s aides contract COVID-19

Kwara deputy governor’s aides contract COVID-19

Some aides of Kayode Alabi, deputy governor of Kwara and chairman of the technical committee on COVID-19, have contracted the coronavirus. Alabi disclosed this on Sunday, adding that the aides had been admitted to the COVID-19 infectious centre at Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin. He emphasised the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and called on the people of the state to ensure strict [...]

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