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Nigeria’s confirmed coronavirus cases now 139

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced four new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Health Minister The agency said on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 on Twitter that, of the four new cases, three are in Abuja, while one is in Lagos. “As at 08:00 pm on March 31st there are 139 ...

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German zoos demand €100 million to combat coronavirus

A zoo habouring gorillas

Zoos in Germany need  €100 million ($110 million ) in immediate assistance due to the coronavirus crisis, the Association of Zoological Gardens said on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. A zoo habouring gorillas People in the country have been asked to stay home as much as possible to contain the spread of the highly contagious virus. “Unlike other facilities, we cannot just shut ...

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Covid-19: Oil price plunge hits Angola, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria hard

Off-shore oil drilling

Angola revises national budget and suspends CAPEX; Senegal’s first oil development faces debt arrangement challenges; Nigeria poised for a major revenue loss; analysts predict Ghana will get half its projected revenue; and Cameroon can expect to see a three percent drop in economic growth. The African Energy Chamber analyses the most vulnerable African countries amid the Covid-19 pandemic and low oil ...

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CODE holds govt to transparency standards amid coronavirus pandemic donations

Hamzat Lawal

Following the spate of donations and interventions to tackle the current pandemic threatening the Nigerian healthcare system and other aspects of the nation’s wellbeing, Abuja-based non-governmental organsation, Connected Development (CODE), says it is holding the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Health and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to transparency standards. Hamzat Lawal, head of CODE According to ...

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Reactions trail TC Energy’s decision to proceed with Keystone XL pipeline


TC Energy Corp. gave the go-ahead on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 for construction of its $8-billion US Keystone XL pipeline project, with help from the Alberta government. The Keystone XL Pipeline The company said Alberta has agreed to invest approximately $1.1 billion as equity in the project, which substantially covers planned construction costs through the end of 2020. The remaining $6.9 ...

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COVID-19: UNODC makes case for protecting people in prisons

Ghada Fathi Waly

The world is amidst an unprecedented pandemic. With 203 countries and territories affected, the coronavirus infection (COVID-19) is taking a toll on the world’s population with close to 700,000 cases and over 33,000 associated deaths as of Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Ghada Fathi Waly, Director-General/Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) According to figures from ...

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Smokers risk fatal complications from COVID-19, ERA/FoEN warns

tobacco smoking

As Nigeria battles to contain the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), has warned that smokers are at higher risk of developing fatal complications from contracting the virus. According to scientists, tobacco smoking is dangerous to health The group in a statement issued by its head, Media and Campaigns, Philip Jakpor, on Tuesday, March ...

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New film explores cultural, ecological revival in Uganda’s Great Lakes region

The Albertine Rift

Amid climate emergency and a global coronavirus pandemic caused by ecological destruction, a Ugandan Indigenous community is demonstrating the vital contributions African indigenous people can make to planetary health. The Albertine Rift “Custodians of Life- Reviving Culture and Nature in Uganda’s Great Lakes”, a new film from The Gaia Foundation, ANARDE, NAPE and AFRICE, explores how the Bagungu Indigenous People are ...

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Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, govt locks SA into deadly air pollution

Barbara Creecy

With South Africa under a three-week coronavirus lockdown, the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy, has gazetted sulphur dioxide (S02) air pollution standards (called minimum emission standards, or MES) considered to be twice as weak as the previous standards. Barbara Creecy Instead of Eskom, Sasol, and other facilities with coal boilers having to meet the original SO2 standard of 500 mg/Nm3, ...

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Nigeria confirms 20 new cases of COVID-19

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday, March 30, 2020 confirmed 20 new cases of the of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC The NCDC, through its verified Twitter account, said that, as at 9 p.m., there were 131 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria with two deaths. The centre said out of ...

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