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    69 percent of 3,145 COVID-19 cases in Nigeria are male

69 percent of 3,145 COVID-19 cases in Nigeria are male

A significant percentage of male patients have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nigeria. This is according to the latest situation report of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for May 6. According to the breakdown, of Nigeria's current total of 3,145 cases, 2,163 are male while 982 are female. In fact, when compared to the figures for Wednesday, according to the cases [...]

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    COVID-19 donations to be spent via supplementary budget

COVID-19 donations to be spent via supplementary budget

The ministry of finance has approved a framework for the use of private sector COVID-19 donations via a supplementary budget.  The national assembly had asked the federal government to make sure all donations are appropriated before spending. The office of the accountant-general of the federation, which is under the ministry of finance, developed the framework, which was seen by TheCable, "to promote [...]

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    Did you know Nigeria’s poverty line is less than a dollar a day?

Did you know Nigeria’s poverty line is less than a dollar a day?

What is poverty?  Pause. Think really well about the question. Take a hard long look at Nigeria and repeat the question to yourself; what is poverty? Do you know poverty? Have you seen poverty? Does poverty mean the absence of food or the basic needs of life? Are you done thinking? Is there an answer? Did you say poverty is the [...]

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    COVID-19: We won’t return to normalcy until 2021, says NCDC

COVID-19: We won’t return to normalcy until 2021, says NCDC

Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says Nigeria and the rest of the world would not return to normalcy until next year -- at the very least.  Speaking at the 24th edition of The Platform, hosted by Poju Oyemade's Covenant Nation, the NCDC boss said the short term pains are sacrifices Nigerians must make for a [...]

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    NCDC: No state has enough bed spaces for COVID-19 patients

NCDC: No state has enough bed spaces for COVID-19 patients

Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says no state in the country has enough bed spaces for COVID-19 patients. Speaking on Friday at the media briefing of the presidential task force, Ihekweazu said there are about 3,500 bed spaces for COVID-19 patients across the country. He also said the agency is tracing about 12,000 persons who had [...]

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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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