NCDC confirms six fresh coronavirus cases

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed six cases of coronavirus in the country.   The agency announced this in a tweet on Monday evening, listing Kwara, Edo, Rivers and the federal capital territory (FCT) as the affected areas.   The NCDC confirmed two cases each in Kwara and Edo, and one case each in Rivers and the nation’s capital.   “Six new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: 2 in Kwara, 2 in Edo, 1 in Rivers and 1 in the FCT. As at 09:30 pm…

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JUST IN: Ogun records two new cases of COVID-19

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Ogun State has recorded two fresh cases of COVID – 19.   This brings the numbers of cases to six in the state.   Governor Dapo Abiodun, who disclosed this at his Iperu residence, Ogun State while briefing reporters on Monday night, said the index cases have no travel history to countries with coronavirus pandemic or contacts with people with travel history.   Abiodun said the new development in the state is a signal that the virus is not a respecter of class, age, sex or any demographic variables.  …

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Lagos discharges 10-year-old girl, four others

Coronavirus patient dies in private hospital     Osun, Rivers plan to free index cases     Muritala Ayinla, Adeolu Adeyemi and Emmanuel Masha Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu of Lagos State yesterday said that a 10-year- old girl and four patients of Covid-19 had been discharged from the state isolation centre.     According to him, the patients were released after testing negative to coronavirus twice. This was even as a 36-year-old Nigerian died of the virus on Saturday at a private hospital in Lagos. Sanwo-Olu disclosed the patient’s death…

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NCAA’s guidelines may ground airlines, crew post-COVID-19

    Wole Shadare   LOOMING DANGER We don’t have the facilities. Ethiopia, South Africa, others will not be affected       The decision by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to suspend issuance and processing of Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and other related certificates to aviation personnel may reduce operational airplanes and qualified pilots from taking to the skies after the end of Coronavirus pandemic.     The NCAA in a letter to aviation industry stakeholders titled, “COVID-19 outbreak: Industry communication from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)…

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COVID-19: Wike states readiness to distribute foodstuffs

Emmanuel Masha PORT HARCOURT     Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday announced that his administration has put plans in place to distribute food palliatives to the people of the state, having asked residents to sit-at-home to check the spread of coronavirus. Wike, who spoke to journalists in Port Harcourt after inspecting the State Food Bank established for the distribution of food palliatives, added that a committee would be set up to implement the distribution of the foodstuffs. The governor, who was accompanied by Service Commanders who were members of…

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Funke Akindele-Bello arrested for violating restriction order in Lagos

Taiwo Jimoh     A popular Yoruba actress, Funke Akindele-Bello, has been arrested for allegedly violating the restriction ordered to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Lagos. It would be recalled that the actress had over the weekend organised a birthday party in honour of her husband, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bello, which negated the lockdown in Lagos State.   According to the Police Public Relations Officer( PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement yesterday: “The attention of the command was drawn to a viral video showing a large number of persons…

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Nasarawa residents groan, threaten to disrupt restriction order

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Chukwu David Abuja Residents of Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State are groaning as the 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government, to help contain the spread of the COVID- 19 pandemic, has grounded all business activities. Nasarawa had on Wednesday, April 1, announced imposition of a 24-hour curfew on Karu Local Government Area, as a means of averting the spread of the dreaded disease.   New Telegraph, which went round some of the settlements and business premises including some major markets within the locality, observed that though there…

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COVID-19: Ijaw protest against exclusion of kinsmen from Akeredolu’s committees

Adewale Momoh, AKURE     Following inauguration of Response Fund Committee and Palliatives Committee on COVID-19 by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, minority Ijaw region of the state has faulted the composition of the committees.     Its representative at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Success Torhukerhijo, said his people were vexed and disturbed at Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s deliberate policy of marginalizing the Ijaw, insisting that his constituents were deliberately shut out from getting government’s attention.     The lawmaker representing Ese-Odo state constituency, said the two committees…

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Gunmen kidnap Gov Sule’s special adviser

Cheke Emmanuel LAFIA Armed men have abducted Mr. John Mamman, the special adviser on Local Government and Community Development to Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State.   Mamman was kidnapped from his country home at Dari, a village in Koko Local Government Area, about 8p.m., on Saturday. Family sources said Mamman was with his associates discussing issues in his compound when the AK47-wielding gunmen stormed the house, shot sporadically and took him away.   A source said one of the abductors was caught by members of community.   The source…

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Rep seeks FG’s palliative for South-East

Uchenna Inya ABAKALIKI     A member representing Ezza south/ Ikwo federal constituency, Ebonyi State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Chinedu Ogah, yesterday, urged Minister of Humanitarian Affairs to include South-East zone in the palliative against the coronavirus pandemic in the country.     The Minister has been distributing relief materials including cash to people of the North and South-West to cushion the effect of the coronavirus on the people.     But Ogah, who observed that the people of South-East geopolitical zone were not captured in the palliative,…

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