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    COVID-19: Seven new deaths as Nigeria inches closer to 2,000 cases

COVID-19: Seven new deaths as Nigeria inches closer to 2,000 cases

Nigeria is 68 cases away from the 2,000 mark, two months after recording its index case of COVID-19. On Thursday, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) announced seven new deaths and 204 fresh cases of the disease. The country's current total is 1,932 cases, 58 deaths and 319 recoveries. Nigeria crossed the 1,000 mark less than a week ago - on April 24. On [...]

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    EXPLAINER: Not a loan with conditionalities… what to know about IMF’s $3.4bn to Nigeria

EXPLAINER: Not a loan with conditionalities… what to know about IMF’s $3.4bn to Nigeria

The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), on Tuesday, approved Nigeria's request for financial assistance to the tune of $3.4 billion. The disbursement is the highest so far given to any African country during the COVID-19 pandemic. TheCable has provided these questions to help you understand the grounds on which Nigeria got the facility from the IMF. IS IT A LOAN? It [...]

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    Oga police, you are not immune to this coronavirus

Oga police, you are not immune to this coronavirus

Before the lockdown in Ogun, Lagos, and the Federal Capital Territory was announced four weeks ago, I drove to Ibadan for a special assignment and for some personal engagement. Strangely, I did not encounter a single police officer between Lagos and Ibadan -- perhaps everyone was preparing for the eventual lockdown. This is unusual for the busiest road in Nigeria. But [...]

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    Success against COVID-19 is achievable

Success against COVID-19 is achievable

I will start by commending you all for the resilience and patriotism that you have shown in our collective fight against the biggest health challenge of our generation. As at yesterday, 26th April 2020, some 3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded globally with about 900,000 recoveries. Unfortunately, some 200,000 people have passed away as a result of this [...]

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    There are now more than 30,000 COVID-19 cases in Africa, says WHO

There are now more than 30,000 COVID-19 cases in Africa, says WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says more than 30,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the region. This was disclosed on the agency's Twitter account on Sunday. “Over 30,000 COVID-19 cases reported on the African continent with over 9,000 associated recoveries and 1,300 deaths recorded,’’ it read. According to the breakdown, which also featured figures from [...]

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    Report: IMF to approve Nigeria’s $3.4bn emergency fund request

Report: IMF to approve Nigeria’s $3.4bn emergency fund request

The staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will recommend that Nigeria's $3.4 billion request for financial aid be approved.A report by Bloomberg on Friday is quoting two people with direct knowledge of the plan.The IMF board is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 28, to decide on Nigeria's request.Nigeria had requested for $3.4 billion from the global lender to [...]

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    Nigeria’s COVID-19 death rate better than Africa’s average — but here’s a lesson from zero-death Rwanda

Nigeria’s COVID-19 death rate better than Africa’s average — but here’s a lesson from zero-death Rwanda

Nigeria's death rate from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is better than the African and the global average, TheCable can report.  As of noon on Wednesday, Nigeria had recorded a total of 25 deaths from 782 cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), setting its death rate at 3.2 percent pf the total number of cases reported in the country. This is better [...]

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    Nigeria’s COVID-19 tests hit 8,000 — but still far below Kenya, Ghana

Nigeria’s COVID-19 tests hit 8,000 — but still far below Kenya, Ghana

Nigeria has so far tested 8,003 persons for COVID-19, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). This is still far below a number of African countries including Kenya, which has a population of 53 million, almost four times less than that of Nigeria. It is also below that of Ghana, a country of 39 million people, which is at least six [...]

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    FULL LIST: Lagos sets up COVID-19 testing centres across 20 LGAs

FULL LIST: Lagos sets up COVID-19 testing centres across 20 LGAs

The Lagos state government has established COVID-19 testing centres across the 20 local government areas (LGAs) in the state. The state government announced the information via its official Twitter handle, on Sunday. It said the decision to establish the testing sites across the LGAs is geared towards increasing testing capacity in the state. The government said the centres are meant for those who [...]

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    ‘No text, no test’ — Experiencing Oyo’s COVID-19 drive-through testing centre

‘No text, no test’ — Experiencing Oyo’s COVID-19 drive-through testing centre

It was 1:30 pm on Tuesday and the entrance to the Adamasingba Stadium looked normal and abnormal. After driving past gates six to two -- which were all locked -- TheCable arrived at gate 1. It was normal because, from the facade of the structure, nothing appeared to be happening. The aura was however abnormal for a facility that was [...]

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    Nigeria’s increased testing still behind Djibouti — a country with a population less than 1m

Nigeria’s increased testing still behind Djibouti — a country with a population less than 1m

The federal ministry of health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have increased testing for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), but have tested fewer people than Djibouti, a country with a population of fewer than 1 million people.  TheCable understands that Nigeria, with only 7,153 people tested as of April 19, has remained one of the worst performers in [...]

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    TheCable says… China should give Nigeria debt relief

TheCable says… China should give Nigeria debt relief

On Sunday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced immediate debt relief for 25 countries -- 19 of them in Africa. Nigeria was not on that list because the west African giant does not owe the Bretton Woods institution. On April 2, 2020 the World Bank had also announced the first set of COVID-19 emergency support worth $1.9 billion for 25 [...]

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    FG: We’ve taken delivery of 50 ventilators from UN

FG: We’ve taken delivery of 50 ventilators from UN

The United Nations has donated some free medical supplies to Nigeria to support the country's fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, received the materials on behalf of the presidential task force on COVID-19 on Tuesday. According to him, 50 ventilators are among the medical supplies. "Just received, on behalf of the Presidential Taskforce, free medical equipment and supplies (including [...]

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    VIDEO: Buhari’s government is the virus destroying Nigeria, says Sowore 

VIDEO: Buhari’s government is the virus destroying Nigeria, says Sowore 

Omoyele Sowore, rights activist and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 election, says the Buhari administration is the "virus destroying the country".  Nigeria has been battling the COVID-19 pandemic since March with new cases recorded daily.  But Sowore, in a video, said the country will also have to deal with a “leadership pandemic” that does not easily [...]

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    UI lecturer writes paper on how to boost immunity against COVID-19

UI lecturer writes paper on how to boost immunity against COVID-19

Idayat Gbadamosi, an associate professor at the University of Ibadan, has written a yet-to-be-published paper on possible herbal ways of preventing the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  Gbadamosi, a well-published expert in ethnobotany and medicinal plants, says her publication is "targeted towards boosting the immune system to help fight the coronavirus," clearly stating that it is "not by any means a cure for [...]

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    We’re making efforts to protect Nigerians in China, says FG

We’re making efforts to protect Nigerians in China, says FG

The federal government says it is making efforts to ensure the safety of Nigerians in China. Recently, there have been videos in circulation on how Nigerians are being maltreated in China over the suspicion that they might have contracted coronavirus. At the media briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Friday, Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of [...]

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