COVID-19: Buhari, APC lack capacity to manage spread – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government lacked the capacity to manage the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country. The party said that this informed the call by the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu on state governments to now take ownership of the response. PDP in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan noted that the three states where the Federal Government took up the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, namely; Abuja,…

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JUST IN: Pakistan passenger plane crashes in Karachi

A Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 passenger jet flying from Lahore has crashed in a densely populated residential area of Karachi. Flight PK8303, carrying 91 passengers and eight crew, crashed on approach to the busy Jinnah International Airport. The provincial health minister said at least 11 people had died, but a far higher toll is feared. Reports say at least one passenger survived the crash, reports the BBC. Thick black smoke rose from a scene of devastation in the Model Colony area. TV footage showed rescue crews combing through debris…

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Italian agency says AC, Inter can ‘demolish’ San Siro for new stadium

  The famous San Siro in Milan is set to be replaced by a new stadium after Italy’s heritage authority raised no objections to its demolition. AC Milan and Inter Milan share the venue, which was built in 1926, reports the BBC. Last year the clubs filed a request to jointly build a new 60,000-seater stadium next to the existing ground. Although approval from heritage authorities is not the final decision, it is an important step towards implementing the plan. According to an opinion from the authority to the Milan municipality which…

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Canada finally cancels Air Peace’s airlift of stranded Nigerians over ‘safety concerns’

*Airline to make refunds Wole Shadare The Nigeria High Commission in Canada has given reasons why the planned evacuation of Nigerians from Canada by Air Peace may not come to fruition. Consequently, the High Commission says it is working assiduously to secure an alternative arrangement to take Nigerians stranded in Canada home as soon as possible, safely and at the least cost possible, adding that updates would be communicated in due course. In a letter dated May 20, 2020 with reference: NHT/OTT/ADM.56/1, titled: “Update on the flight postponement” , the…

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Olympics chief: Tokyo Games face ‘real problems’ due to COVID-19  

    Tokyo Games organisers face “real problems” staging the Olympics next year as coronavirus infections continue to soar, senior international Olympic official John Coates said. Coates, Australia’s Olympic chief and head of the International Olympic Committee’s inspectorate for Tokyo, said organisers had to assume there would be no vaccine for COVID-19, or none in sufficient quantity, in time for the Games, reports Reuters. “We’ve got real problems because we’ve got athletes having to come from 206 different nations,” Coates told a roundtable held by Australia’s News Corp. “Yesterday, there…

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Eid: Celebrities urge Muslims to celebrate festival at home

    Celebrities including baker Nadiya Hussain and Citizen Khan creator Adil Ray have urged Muslims celebrating Eid this weekend to follow social distancing guidelines. Traditionally, the festival is marked with communal prayers in mosques and visits to friends and family. But in a video posted online , Muslims were encouraged to stay at home and celebrate with their families online, reports the BBC. Hussain said “now could not be a better time to put others first”. Eid is celebrated at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is a…

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Covid-19: Trump finally wears face mask

Donald Trump was spotted wearing a face mask for the first time during a tour of a Ford Motor Co plant, after reportedly being persuaded by a political foe. The American President traveled to the crucial U.S. election battleground state of Michigan on Thursday amid tensions with its Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer during the coronavirus pandemic, reports mirror.co.uk. The plant has been recast to produce ventilators and personal protective equipment, with Trump also holding a roundtable discussion with African-American leaders concerning vulnerable populations hit by the virus. Trump had repeatedly refused…

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Cannabis could help prevent, treat coronavirus – Scientists

  A team of Canadian scientists believes it has found strong strains of cannabis that could help prevent and then treat coronavirus infections, according to interviews and a study. Researchers from the University of Lethbridge said that a study in April showed at least 13 cannabis plants high in CBD that appeared to affect the ACE2 pathways that the bug uses to access the body, reports The New York Post. “We were totally stunned at first, and then we were really happy,” one of the researchers, Olga Kovalchuk, told CTV News.…

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Coronavirus: UK arrivals could face £1,000 fines if they break quarantine

    International travellers could be fined £1,000 if they fail to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in the UK, the government is expected to announce. Under the plans, health officials would be able to carry out spot checks at private addresses to check whether people were complying. Home Secretary Priti Patel is expected to outline the measures at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing later, reports the BBC. The new rules are not expected to come into force until next month. As part of the plans, which are aimed…

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Report: Delta, United to restart China passenger flights in June

  Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are planning to restart passenger flights to China in June, according to a report by Metropolitan Airport News this week. Delta intends to offer daily service to Shanghai Pudong from both its Detroit and Seattle-Tacoma hubs, subject to government approval, said the report. OAG Schedules Analyser data shows flights from Detroit will begin on June 1 using Airbus A350-900 aircraft, with Seattle resuming the same day on board A330-900neo. The network additions mean the SkyTeam alliance member will operate 7,350 two-way weekly seats…

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