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EU’s €50m to be channeled to support COVID-19 response

Boss Mustapha

The European Union (EU) €50 million donation to Nigeria will be channeled to the “One COVID-19 Basket Fund” for the national pandemic response plan. Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha On April 6, 2020, Nigeria and the UN launched the “One COVID-19 Basket Fund”, a framework, to mobilise over $2 million from the UN system for the procurement of ...

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Covid-19: Over 117 million children at risk of missing out on measles vaccines

Polio immunisation

The Measles & Rubella Initiative (M&RI), a global partnership founded by the American Red Cross, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Protection, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Foundation and World Health Organisation (WHO), is this statement issued on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, fears that more than 117 million children may miss out on measles vaccines, as COVID-19 surges ...

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COVID-19 pandemic bolsters case for technology-based economic resilience

Akinwunmi Adesina

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact globally, the African continent, while less affected, is preparing to undergo its own severe social and economic crisis. As of April 7, over 10,000 cases have been reported across 52 countries in Africa (less than 1% of cases globally). AFDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina Yet despite the slow onset, Africa’s fragile health systems will ...

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Gombe to establish molecular laboratory for COVID-19 tests

Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya

The Gombe State Government has concluded arrangement to establish a molecular laboratory for coronavirus (COVID-19) tests. Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State Gov. Inuwa Yahaya made this known on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 in a broadcast in Gombe, the state capital. He that the state government has also bought Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines COVID-19 tests. Yahaya said that the state ...

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Hoteliers groan under Covid-19 lockdown


Hoteliers in Nigeria on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 said that their operations have been grounded due to the COVID-19 and measures adopted to contain the spread of the global pandemic in the country. Coronavirus Some of the hoteliers in Jos, Plateau State, said that, despite the lull in their operations, they are fully complying with directives from the authorities to ...

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After COVID-19, what will Africa look like in 2030 and 2063?

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic, one of the world’s most significant events, has resulted in cessation of economic activities that will lead to a significant decline in GDP, an unprecedented social disruption, and the loss of millions of jobs. According to estimates by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the contraction of the region’s economies will cost sub-Saharan Africa between $35 billion and ...

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Chile launches emissions reduction commitment update, measures to combat climate change

Carolina Schmidt

Via videoconference, the Chilean Government has officially submitted its updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), becoming the first Latin American country and one of a small group of countries in the world to do so. COP25 President, Carolina Schmidt The document is a requirement established by the Paris Agreement. It contains ...

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UN flies vital COVID-19 medical supplies to African nations

David Beasley

The first United Nations “Solidarity Flight” leaves Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 with vital medical cargo to all countries in Africa, where supplies are desperately needed to contain the spread of COVID-19. David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) The World Health Organisation (WHO) cargo is being transported by the United Nations World Food Programme ...

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COVID-19: Buhari extends Lagos, Ogun, FCT Lockdown by 14 days

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the current restriction of movement in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by another 14 days to curb the spread of Coronavirus disease in the country. President Muhammadu Buhari The President, who confirmed this in a nationwide broadcast in Abuja on Monday, April 13, 2020, however said that ”the previously issued guidelines on ...

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COVID-19 cases in Africa rise to over 14,000 – WHO

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Africa has risen to over 14,000. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa The UN’s health agency gave the update on its official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Monday, April 13, 2020. “COVID19 cases in Africa rise to over 14,000 ...

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