COVID-19 cases in Nigeria near 11,000 as NCDC confirms 241 new positive tests

  COVID-19 cases in Nigeria inched closer to the 11,000 mark Tuesday with the confirmation of 241 new ones. According to figures released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday night, the latest tally brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 10,819. However, 3239 patients have recovered and been discharged while there have been 15 deaths during the same period. Tuesday’s figures are, however, lower than Monday night’s tally of 416, which was the second highest daily toll recorded by NCDC since the…

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JUST IN: Majek Fashek is dead

  Veteran musician, Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known by the stage name, Majek Fashek, is dead. He was 57. The reggae music maestro, it was learnt, died in a hospital in New York on Monday around 5:45pm after a prolonged illness. Majek was a household name in Nigeria in the late 80s when he released his album ‘Prisoner of Conscience’, which included the multiple award-winning single ‘Send Down the Rain’, which dominated the airwaves for months.

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JUST IN: United confirm extension of Ighalo’s loan deal

*Stiker to stay till January 2021 Manchester United have reached agreement with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua to extend the loan deal for Odion Ighalo. The Nigerian striker’s stay was initially due to end on May 31 but he will now remain with the Reds until January 31, 2021, enabling him to build on an impressive start to life with the club he supported as a boy, reports manutd.com. Ighalo’s tally of four goals in eight appearances so far includes at least one strike in each of his three starts – against…

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 307 new COVID-19 cases as total hits 10,162

  Nigeria has recorded 307 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 10,162. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known via its Twitter handle on Sunday night: “307 new cases of #COVID19; Lagos-188 FCT-44 Ogun-19 Kaduna-14 Oyo-12 Bayelsa-9 Gombe-5 Kano-3 Delta-3 Imo-2 Rivers-2 Niger-2 Bauchi-2 Plateau-1 Kwara-1.” BREAKDOWN 307 new cases of #COVID19; Lagos-188 FCT-44 Ogun-19 Kaduna-14 Oyo-12 Bayelsa-9 Gombe-5 Kano-3 Delta-3 Imo-2 Rivers-2 Niger-2 Bauchi-2 Plateau-1 Kwara-1 *10162 cases of #COVID19Nigeria Discharged: 3007 Deaths: 287

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JUST IN: CAN Chairman kidnapped

  The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Nasarawa State, Joseph Masin, has been kidnapped. His kidnap was confirmed by the police commissioner in Nasarawa, Bola Longe, Thursday morning. Longe told journalists in Lafia that the bishop was taken from his house in Bukan-sidi in Lafia around 12:39 a.m. Thursday. He said the police have mobilised officers as well as hunters to free the cleric. Kidnapping for ransom has become rampant in many parts of Nigeria.

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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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JUST IN: Multiple accident leaves one dead near Otedola Bridge

  A multiple accident in the early hours of Thursday near the Otedola Bridge, Lagos has claimed one life. Although the reports are still sketchy, New Telegraph learnt that the incident, which happened on the side of the highway leaving Lagos, involved a number of vehicles including a bus and two articulated trucks. The lone casualty is said to be a woman, while a number of other people sustained various degree of injuries. More details later…

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JUST IN: Fire outbreak at NIPOST HQ in Abuja

  A fire outbreak has occurred at the headquarters of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) in Abuja. According to online newspaper, TheCable it could not immediately confirm the cause of the fire which began around 9am on Wednesday. It was, however, learnt that a large number of staff of the agency were in their offices when the fire broke out. A member of staff said the fire service was able to put out the fire “not long ago”.

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JUST IN: Trump gives WHO ultimatum over Covid-19 handling  

US President Donald Trump has sent a letter to the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) threatening to pull US funding permanently over Covid-19. The letter outlines a 30-day deadline for the body to commit to “substantive improvements” or risk losing millions and US membership altogether, reports the BBC. Addressed to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, it criticises stages of the body’s response since December. Earlier in the day, Trump called the UN’s health body a “puppet of China”. The president, who faces re-election this year and has himself…

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Nigeria records 338 new Covid-19 cases

  Nigeria on Sunday recorded a massive spike in confirmed coronavirus cases with the figures jumping to 338 from 176 (on Saturday), according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). In a tweet posted late Sunday, the NCDC also said deaths from coronavirus now stood at 182 – six more over the figures released on Saturday. According to the NCDC, Lagos accounted for 177 of the new infections, while Kano State recorded 64 of them to place second. FCT had 21 to place third. However, the NCDC also said…

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