NCDC confirms 239 new cases, 97 in Lagos

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 239 new COVID-19 cases. The agency made the announcement on Saturday night via its Twitter handle. A total of 4,151 cases have now been recorded in 34 states and the federal capital territory (FCT). The number of fatalities increased from 117 to 128, while recoveries increased from 679 to 745. Lagos still has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. Earlier on Saturday, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of the state, had said if residents refused to adhere to the…

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Covid-19: A’Ibom intercepts corpse smuggled from Lagos

*Quarantines six collaborators A corpse smuggled into Akwa Ibom State from Lagos State has been intercepted and buried by the state COVID-19 regulations enforcement team.   The corpse was buried in accordance with the protocol for burial of an infected corpse while the persons who transported the corpse have been quarantined pending the outcome of their test for COVID-19.   The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong disclosed this at a meeting of the State Incidence Management Committee held at the Ibom Specialist Hospital, Uyo, on Saturday   The State…

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Covid-19: Kano Anti-corruption agency arrests LG chair for diverting palliatives

Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Agency has arrested the Chairman of Kumbotso Local Government Council, Alhaji Kabiru Ado Panshekara over alleged abuse of power in the distribution of government palliatives during the Covid-19 induced lockdown.     The Commission Chairman, Muhuyi Magaji Rimigado confirmed the arrest of the council chairman on Saturday.     He said Alhaji Panshekara had allegedly contravened the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission Law 2008 (as amended) in the distribution of palliative materials in his local government.   The commission said the Kumbotso…

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COVID-19: Abiodun parleys striking doctors, increases hazard allowance to 300%

Gov offers life insurance     Ogun State Government has reviewed the hazard allowance of public health workers in the state from 200 to 300 percent and also put in place life insurance policies for them.   This was the outcome of a meeting between Governor Dapo Abiodun and representatives of health workers, which held at his office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta on Friday.   New Telegraph reports that the parley came following the three-day warning strike by members of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at the Olabisi Onabanjo University…

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Shell-donates PCR machines, ventilators and medical equipment to Rivers

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The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) at the weekend said it had donated oxygen concentrators, suction machines, defibrillators, ventilators, wheeled stretchers, swabs and Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) to the Rivers State government.     Other things donated by Shell to the Rivers include goggles, N95 masks, ambulances and a generator.     In a statement made available to New Telegraph by Shell, it said it has realized that there has been inadequate testing capability in the Niger Delta adding that: “It was in response to this that we are presenting…

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COVID-19: Onovo charges FG to embrace indigenous remedy

Former National Conscience Party (NCP) presidential candidate, Chief Martin Onovo, has advised the Federal Government to embrace a healthy indigenous remedy in addressing the coronavirus pandemic, which over 3,000 Nigeria have presently tested positive to.     In a statement made available to New Telegraph, Onovo, the Head, Policy Positions of Movement for Fundamental Change, said Nigeria can addressed the COVID-19 pandemic like other countries through the establishment of a healthy indigenous remedy.     He stated that the indigenous remedy for COVID-19 could easily be achieved base on several…

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Covid-19: Gov. Emmanuel leading the fight from the frontline

  Richard Peters The whole world has finally come to realize that humanity is threatened by an enemy, who has no respect for life, irrespective of class, religion or race. In the recent count, almost all countries of the world have had a harsh and harmful romance from the coronavirus, with a dark, dreaded and unstable economic future of the world in sight. Research institutes, experts, corporate organisations, etc. have been working day and night to ascertain which love song the virus would submit to, yet the World Health Organisation…

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Ex-rep to Buhari: ‘There’s a massive outbreak of COVID-19 in Bauchi town’

  Ibrahim Baba, a former member of the House of Representatives from Bauchi, has written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over the “massive outbreak of coronavirus” in Azare, a town in the state. In the letter dated May 8, 2020, Baba said Azare has recorded over 100 COVID-19 deaths in the last one week. He said this has resulted in panic and confusion among residents, appealing to the president to direct the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to visit the town. Baba said the proximity of Azare to…

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Trump daughter’s personal assistant tests positive for coronavirus

  The coronavirus continues to circle uncomfortably close to the White House. Ivanka Trump’s personal assistant has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus, and the FDA commissioner has been forced to self-quarantine after exposure to another staffer who came down with the disease, reports The New York Post. The aide to Trump has been teleworking and hasn’t been in the presence of the president’s daughter in weeks, a source told CNN. And FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn has been forced to self-isolate for two weeks after exposure to Miller, Politico reported Hahn was…

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US tightens Chinese journalists’ entry amid tensions with Beijing

  The United States has issued a new rule tightening visa guidelines for Chinese journalists, saying it was in response to the treatment of US journalists in China, a shift that comes amid tensions between the two nations. In issuing the new regulation on Friday, the Department of Homeland Security cited what it called China’s “suppression of independent journalism”. The US and China have been engaged in a series of retaliatory actions involving journalists in recent months, reports Reuters. In March, China expelled American journalists from three US newspapers, a…

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