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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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    COVID-19: Our hospitals are overwhelmed, US tells citizens seeking evacuation from Nigeria

COVID-19: Our hospitals are overwhelmed, US tells citizens seeking evacuation from Nigeria

The US mission in Nigeria says healthcare system in its country is overwhelmed owing to rising COVID-19 cases. The country has confirmed 336,851 coronavirus cases, 9,620 deaths and 17,977 recoveries as of Monday. The number of COVID-19 cases in the US is higher than all confirmed cases in Spain, Italy and United Kingdom (UK), which are 135,032; 128,948, and 47,806 respectively. In an statement [...]

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    One new death, 10 more cases as Nigeria’s coronavirus toll rises to 224

One new death, 10 more cases as Nigeria’s coronavirus toll rises to 224

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed one death from complications of COVID-19 and 10 new cases. The agency broke the news in a tweet on Sunday morning. Of the figure, six were confirmed in Lagos, while the federal capital territory and Edo recorded two cases each. As of 11:30 am on April 5, 2020, Nigeria had recorded 224 cases of [...]

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    COVID-19: African countries need to quickly ask for debt relief, says Okonjo-Iweala

COVID-19: African countries need to quickly ask for debt relief, says Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, two-time minister of finance, says Nigeria and other African countries need to quickly pressure the G7 and G20 for debt-relief in other to deal with the economic and health issues arising from the novel coronavirus.  Okonjo-Iweala, who was very instrumental in getting Nigeria an $18 billion debt-relief as minister of finance, said African countries in debt need to apply [...]

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    COVID-19: Over 4,000 UK citizens seek evacuation from Nigeria

COVID-19: Over 4,000 UK citizens seek evacuation from Nigeria

Over 4,000 citizens of the United Kingdom have indicated interest in returning to their country amid the coronavirus pandemic. The British high commission in Nigeria broke the news in a tweet on Friday. This is coming despite Nigeria's less number of coronavirus cases compared to the figures in the UK. Nigeria currently has 190 confirmed cases of the disease. While 20 persons have [...]

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    Onyeama: Why foreigners are leaving Nigeria over COVID-19

Onyeama: Why foreigners are leaving Nigeria over COVID-19

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says there is no hidden agenda behind some countries evacuating their citizens from Nigeria. At least, 637 Europeans were evacuated from Nigeria and Benin Republic on Thursday. The move had left many wondering if there is a cause for alarm. During the press briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Friday, a journalist had [...]

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    Meanwhile… Nigeria’s Lassa fever death toll rises to 185

Meanwhile… Nigeria’s Lassa fever death toll rises to 185

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the country has so far recorded 185 deaths from Lassa fever in 2020. Last week, the reported death toll was 176. In a situation report published on its website on Thursday, the centre said 27 states have recorded one case of the disease across 126 local government areas. The NCDC said the number of infected [...]

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    COVID-19: Trust doctors, scientists — not fiction writers like Soyinka, says Garba Shehu

COVID-19: Trust doctors, scientists — not fiction writers like Soyinka, says Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, has called on Nigerians to disregard Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka's reservations on the lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states.  Shehu said Soyinka's qualifications are in English literature and not medicine or science, stating that he does not qualify to be judged as a professional on the outbreak [...]

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    COVID-19: With 35 cases, Nigeria records its highest daily tally

COVID-19: With 35 cases, Nigeria records its highest daily tally

With 35 cases of COVID-19 announced on Wednesday, Nigeria saw a new record in the number of those infected with the disease in 24 hours. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced via its Twitter handle on Wednesday, explaining that all the cases were from seven states and the federal capital territory. Twelve were announced from three states earlier in the [...]

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