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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 Infection Rises With 22 New Cases, NCDC Confirms 276 Total

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 22 new cases of the COVID-19 in Nigeria, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 276. NCDC’s records show 15 are in Lagos, four are in the FCT, two are in Bauchi, while the other is in Edo. A breakdown of the cases in each of the states shows that Lagos now has 145 cases, the FCT Abuja 54, Osun 20, Edo 12, Oyo 11, Bauchi eight, Akwa-Ibom and Kaduna five each, four in Ogun, two each in…

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Medical Doctor’s Death Causes Panic In Katsina, Gov Orders Contacts Located

The death of the latest coronavirus patient and a medical Doctor, Dr Aliyu Yakubu, in Katsina State caused panic as Governor Aminu Masari has directed that contacts with the deceased be located and tested. To forestall spread of COVID-19 in Katsina, Governor Masari had directed that all Yakubu’s contacts be identified by health officials from the state Ministry of Health. He also asked that their blood samples be collected for laboratory testing between Tuesday evening and Wednesday. The death of Dr. Yakubu increased the number of death to 6 as…

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COVID-19: NIMASA Presents Response Vessels, Ventilators, Ambulance To Lagos

…As Charges Media On Awareness The Director General, of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Bashir Jamoh has presented a number of medical equipment and items including ventilators, Ambulance, buses and response vessels to Lagos state Government towards the fight against the spread of COVID 19. While presenting the items to the Governor of Lagos, Dr. Jamoh stated that the Agency felt it necessary to make the donations to Lagos as the state remains the epicentre for the virus in Nigeria. He commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for being…

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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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Easter Celebrations Altered By Scourge Of Coronavirus

For Christians worldwide from churches large and small, this will be an Easter like none other: The joyous message of Christ’s resurrection will be delivered to empty pews. Worries about the coronavirus outbreak have triggered widespread cancellations of Holy Week processions and in-person services. Many pastors will preach on TV or online, tailoring sermons to account for the pandemic. Many extended families will reunite via Face Time and Zoom rather than around a communal table laden with an Easter feast on April 12. “I’ll miss Mass and the procession,” said…

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Dangote Cement Woos Investors With N100bn Issue

Dangote Cement Plc, Africa’s leading cement manufacturer, is seeking to raise up to N100bn in fresh funds from the bond market, under its NGN300 billion Debt Issuance Programme. According to the Investor presentation document prepared by the company and themed: Building Prosperity in Africa, the funds from the  debut offering in the bond markets are to be utilised   to refinance existing short-term debt previously applied towards cement expansion projects, working capital and general corporate purposes. The bond (medium term debt paper), Dangote Cement is issuing for the first time signifies…

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Coronavirus: Corps Marshal Orders Driving School Portal Shut,  Suspends Operations

The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has ordered the immediate shutdown of the Driving School Standardisation Programme’s portal in order to induce compliance on the suspension of Driving School Operation in Nigeria and further discourage generation of driving school certificates for trainee-drivers by proxy. Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, in a statement said the directive is part of the Corps’ efforts to compliment all measures already put in place by both the Federal and State Governments to contain the rise of COVID-19 in Nigeria and…

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With 8 New Cases, COVID-19 Infections Rise To 232, 5 Deaths

A total of eight new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the country, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed. In a tweet on Sunday evening by 9.30pm, the health agency says the new infections bring the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 232. Of the eight cases, Lagos recorded five new infections, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has two, while a new case was confirmed in Kaduna. Case summary of COVID-19 in Nigeria as of April 5, 2020. Total Confirmed cases 232 Discharged 33…

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COVID-19:  Sanwo-Olu Confirms One Death, Raises Hope On Other Patients

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State as the incident Commander on Coronavirus pandemic officially confirmed the death of second patient from the state while raising hopes on other victims of the scourge currently undergoing treatment in the state health facilities. Speaking at the briefing on the incident Sanwo-Olu said: ” I announced the discharge of one more patient at our Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba. “Today, I am happy to inform you that five more patients comprising two males and three females including a 10 year old girl have tested negative…

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