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Minister Punished For Breaking Coronavirus Lockdown Rule

South Africa’s communications minister has been suspended for two months – one of which will be without pay – for having lunch with a friend during the coronavirus lockdown. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has been the talk of the town since a photograph of her eating with Mduduzi Manana surfaced this week. The image, which shows the two enjoying a meal at a table with four of Mr Manana’s family members, was posted on one of his social media accounts and has been re-posted by others many times: South Africans have been…

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COVID-19: FG Prepared To Bring Stranded Nigerians, Others Home-Minister

The protocols for evacuating Nigerians in the Diaspora have been completed and the country is in a “stronger and better position” to bring Nigerians interested in return to the country back, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffery Onyeama, has said. Speaking during the daily briefings by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Onyeama said: “We have started to get greater number of Nigerians, especially in the United States, where almost 200 have now indicated their willingness to return,” the minister said. “We are engaging with our embassy in China and…

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Coronavirus: Africa ‘ll Not Be Testing Ground For Vaccine, Says WHO

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned as “racist” the comments by two French doctors who suggested a vaccine for the coronavirus could be tested in Africa. “Africa can’t and won’t be a testing ground for any vaccine,” said Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The doctors’ remarks during a TV debate sparked outrage, and they were accused of treating Africans like “human guinea pigs”. One of them later issued an apology. When asked about the doctors’ suggestion during the WHO’s coronavirus briefing, Dr Tedros became visibly…

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COVID-19: Heritage Bank Joins WHO To Celebrate Health Workers Globally

Heritage Bank Plc has joined the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the celebration of “World Health Workers Week” and pay tribute to health workers globally for their selfless sacrifice and bravery in the fight against the novel Coronavirus pandemic causing countless mortality rates. The event is an annual commemoration of health workers but this year’s is scheduled to honour and advocate for health workers during the 8th annual World Health Worker Week slated for April 6 – 11, 2020. The theme for this year’s celebration is titled, “Leaders on the…

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SERAP To FG, CBN: Give Spending Details On COVID-19 Relief Funds, School Feeding

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Federal Government and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to “provide spending details of public funds and private sector donations to provide socio-economic benefits to the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people, including details of beneficiaries of any cash payments, cash transfers, food distribution and other benefits during the lockdown in Abuja; Lagos and Ogun states because of COVID-19.” SERAP is also asking the Federal Government and CBN to: “disclose information on the details of implementation of the school feeding programme during…

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Air Force Attack Helicopter Eliminates Bandits In Niger

Gallant soldiers of the Operation Gama Aiki of Nigeria Air Force have neutralised some bandits at their hideout located about 10km Southeast of Pandogari in Niger State. In a statement on Wednesday by the Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, the“attack was undertaken on 31 March 2020, sequel to credible human intelligence reports indicating that the bandits had assembled under a group of trees at Kalaibu Village near Pandogari.” According to him, the move is continuation of air operations aimed at flushing out armed bandits from the…

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COVID 19 Surges With 23 New Cases, Brings Total To 174

Twenty-three new cases of the #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 174. Of the 23 cases, nine are in Lagos, seven are in the FCT, five are in Akwa Ibom, while Kaduna and Bauchi have recorded one case each. Currently, Lagos which still has the highest number of cases now has a total of 91 infections, followed by the FCT with 35 cases, Osun with 14, Oyo with eight, Akwa Ibom with five, Ogun, Edo and Kaduna with four each,…

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COVID 19: Death Toll Worldwide Rises To 41072

The number of confirmed fatalities globally from the coronavirus has risen to 41,072, according to a tally compiled by AFP from official sources as of 1900 GMT on Tuesday. More than 828,240 declared cases have been registered in 186 countries and territories since the pandemic broke out in China in December. Of these cases, at least 164,900 are now considered recovered. The tallies, using data collected by AFP offices from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections. Many…

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ECA Aids Ethiopia’s Fight Against COVID-19 With Awareness Materials

The Economic Commission for Africa and the UN Communications Group last week handed over to the Government of Ethiopia, awareness materials to ensure ordinary citizens have access to timely and accurate information in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak. Over 40000 flyers and brochures were printed for distribution by relevant government entities. Topics include emergency preparedness and response, the disease and its conditions, healthy living and safety, among others. “We are honoured to partner with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute and the Ministry of Transport during this time of crisis,” said Ali Todaro, Chief of Conference Management Section at the ECA. “The UN is working around…

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COVID 19: Oil Firms Ordered To Reduce Offshore Staff

Nigeria’s petroleum regulator Department of Petroleum Resources has ordered oil and gas companies to reduce their offshore workforce and move to 28-day staff rotations as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Health experts fear a widespread outbreak in Africa’s most populous country, which has about 200 million inhabitants, and the country is keen to protect oil production, which provides 90% of much-needed foreign exchange. A coronavirus case on an offshore rig could spread quickly among workers and have a potentially devastating impact on production. Director of…

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