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U.S. approves chloroquine for treatment of COVID-19

Donald Trump

The U.S. on Thursday, March 19, 2020 approved a malaria drug, chloroquine, for the treatment of Coronavirus (COVID-19). President Donald Trump of the US President Donald Trump said at a Coronavirus Task Force news conference that the drug could help with symptoms of COVID-19. According to him, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is fast-tracking approval of using the drug ...

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Coronavirus may spread further in Africa with onset of winter, says WHO

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

A World Health Organisation (WHO) official  on Thursday, March 19, 2020 warned that African countries could be hit harder by the new coronavirus when winter arrives later this year, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa. Photo credit: Seasonal flu normally hits southern and eastern Africa when temperatures drop, suggesting the rate of coronavirus transmissions would also increase, WHO regional ...

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Coronavirus: Nigeria places restriction on travellers from affected countries

Boss Mustapha

Nigeria has placed restriction on travellers from 13 major countries affected by the coronavirus, according to Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to Government of the Federation. Boss Mustapha Mustapha announced the placement of the restriction at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday. The 13 countries include China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, the U.S., the UK, the ...

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UN Biodiversity announces changes to meetings

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

Due to the evolving nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has moved to hold many meetings virtually and has postponed others. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) “In the current situation, where public health issues are at the top of the agenda, we ...

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Nigeria confirms five fresh cases of COVID-19

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 confirmed five new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria within the last 36 hours, bringing the total number of cases to eight. Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Health Minister Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, confirmed this development at a news conference in Abuja. Ehanire said that of the five new positive ...

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NABDA to begin bio-fertiliser production for Nigerian farmers

Prof. Alex Akpa

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) says it is soon to commence mass production of bio-fertilisers for farmers across the six geo-political zones of the country. Prof. Alex Akpa Prof. Alex Akpa, Director-General (D-G) of NABDA, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the ongoing Science and Technology Innovation Expo ...

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Lagos explosion displaces 276,000 people

Lagos explosion

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 said 276,000 people have been displaced by Sunday’s gas inferno that engulfed the Abule Ado and Soba areas of the state. Scene of the explosion Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), disclosed this newsmen in Lagos while assessing the damage at the scene of the incident. Damilola-oke, ...

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COVID-19 spreads further across Africa, first death recorded in Burkina Faso

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

The coronavirus spread further across Africa on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 with Burkina Faso reporting its first death and new cases found in at least three more countries. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa. Photo credit: Africa had for weeks been spared from the virus, but it has now been confirmed in more than half of the ...

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Coronavirus: Lagos suspends religious gatherings

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 suspended all religious gatherings above 50 persons in the state for the next four weeks with immediate effect. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi, announced this to newsmen in Ikeja after a closed door meeting with religious leaders in the state on the ...

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Nigeria cancels already issued visas for travelers from 13 countries


The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced the cancellation of already issued visas for travelers from 13 countries as part of measures to contain the pandemic coronavirus. Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior. Photo credit: Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, briefed State House correspondents at the sidelines of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at ...

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