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COVID-19: Buhari orders lockdown of Lagos, Abuja, Ogun for 14 days

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for an initial period of 14 days with effect from Monday, to check the spread of coronavirus disease. President Muhammadu Buhari The President, who gave the directive in a broadcast to Nigerians over the coronavirus pandemic in Abuja on Sunday, March ...

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Ebola may be declared over in DRC by mid-April – WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The Ebola virus epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) appears defeated and could be declared over by mid-April, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images The WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, disclosed this in a message on ...

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Amid Covid-19 restrictions, Earth Hour turns lights off for climate

Earth Hour

In spite of  coronavirus restrictions, people around the world marked Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28, 2020 by switching off lights on both landmark buildings and in regular homes for an hour to boost awareness of climate change. Lights dimmed at UN Headquarters, in New York, to observe Earth Hour in 2017. Photo credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider The initiative, started by ...

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COVID-19: Mohammed prays for El-Rufai as ministry activates LGs’ health desks

Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar

Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, has sent his solidarity and words of empathy to Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor, who was on Saturday, March 28, 2020 confirmed to have tested positive to coronavirus. Minister of Environment, Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar Dr. Abubakar, in a tweet on Saturday, wished Gov. El-Rufai a speedy and full recovery from the ...

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CSDeveNet donates handwashing facility amid coronavirus concerns


In collaboration with WelfareAid Initiatives, Nigerian Civil Society Framework for Paris Agreement and SDGS (NCSFPAS) and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), the Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) is providing solutions and leading the way by creating awareness on the COVID-19 and donating handwashing facilities across Nigeria. CSDeveNet officials with the paramount ruler of Anyigba, Dekina LGA of ...

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COVID-19 and cancer: Nigeria’s unique quadruple jeopardy

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

The Covid-19 pandemic has created several tragi-comic double jeopardies which are peculiar to Nigeria – the politician or elite who previously felt too “big” to attend local hospitals, but is now forced to either eat humble pie or die; the doctor whose job puts him at the greatest risk of contracting the virus and so cannot enjoy an “I told ...

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Coronavirus: Nigeria’s cases reach 81, Davido’s fiancé positive

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria have reached 81 with the Lagos, Enugu and Edo States recording eight and two and one new cases respectively on Friday, March 27, 2020, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC Nigeria has seen a steady rise in the number of cases this week. “As at 11:55 ...

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Belgium confirms case of COVID-19 transmission from human to cat


Laboratory staff in Belgium have confirmed a case of COVID-19 transmission from human to animal, after a man who contracted the disease  infected his pet cat, an official said. A cat Emmanuel Andre, a representative of the country’s coronavirus reference laboratory based in the city of Leuven, confirmed on Friday, March 27, 2020. “Our colleagues from the veterinary faculty in ...

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Coronavirus: Top UN officials seek global support for poor countries

António Guterres

In a joint remote briefing to member states on Friday, March 27, 2020, top officials of the United Nations solicited global assistance for poor countries to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. Photo credit: UN Photo/ Kim Haughton The briefing was led by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who was joined by three other ...

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Less pollution over big European cities amid coronavirus restrictions

air Pollution

Quarantine measures introduced in Europe to contain the spread of the new coronavirus appears to have reduced pollution in some of its major cities. Vehicular traffic is a major source of air pollution in Germany The European Space Agency (ESA) said on Friday, March 27, 2020 based on images captured by one of its satellites. “The new images clearly illustrate a ...

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