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COVID-19: Nigerians urged to abide by stay-at-home directive

Dr Rufus Ebegba

The Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, has urged Nigerians to abide by the stay-at-home directive by the Federal Government in other to control the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) in the country. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Ebegba told journalists in Abuja on Friday, April 3, ...

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Guterres commends Nigeria’s response to COVID-19 pandemic

António Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has commended Nigeria’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. António Guterres. UN Secretary General Speaking during a virtual news briefing in New York on Thursday, April 2, 2020, Guterres singled out Nigeria as one of the developing countries that have “shown a remarkable capacity to respond’’. “I have to say this; some of these developing ...

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Prince Charles opens new coronavirus hospital by video link

Prince Charles

Prince Charles on Friday, April 3, 2020 opened a new hospital designed to have up to 4,000 beds by video link, praising its rapid construction as an example of how people can achieve the unthinkable through human will. Prince Charles The National Health Service (NHS), Nightingale hospital, housed in a former exhibition centre in London, has an initial 500 beds ...

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COVID-19: NCDC confirms six new cases in Osun


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday, April 3, 2020 confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Osun State, increasing Nigeria’s confirmed cases to 190. An health official attend to a coronavirus patient NCDC through its verified Twitter account on Friday said that out of the 190 cases in the country, 20 had been discharged with two deaths ...

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Nigeria records 10 new COVID-19 cases in Abuja, Lagos

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 10 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak in the country. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC The confirmed cases are three in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and seven  from Lagos State, making Nigeria’s confirmed cases 184. NCDC, through its verified Twitter account on Thursday, April 2, 2020, said ...

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Lagos discharges 11 more COVID-19 patients

Prof. Akinola Abayomi

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has confirmed the discharge of 11 patients who previously tested positive to COVID-19 from the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba. Lagos State Health Commissioner, Prof. Akinola Abayomi Sanwo-Olu, in a statement on Thursday, April 2, 2020 in Lagos, said that the patients included two females and nine males, making 18 patients that had been discharged ...

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COVID-19: IPCC develops strategic response to work programme

Hoesung Lee

During the current global public health crisis, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that its Secretariat and Technical Support Units will continue to operate remotely. Hoesung Lee, IPCC chair The organisation said on Thursday, April 2, 2020 that it has been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and related measures undertaken by governments, and supports actions undertaken worldwide. It ...

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Lagos denies approving housing development in Magodo Greenbelt

Magodo Green Belt

The Lagos State Government has dissociated itself from a housing development in the Magodo Greenbelt area of the state, saying that no approval for the development of the preserved zone emanated from the state government. Magodo Green Belt This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, in a statement on Thursday, April 2, ...

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WHO worried as COVID-19 cases accelerate in Africa

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

With more than 6000 COVID-19 cases reported in Africa, the virus appears to be threatening fragile health systems on the continent. Infections are increasingly spreading not only between African countries but within different localities in the hardest-hit countries. Dr Matshidiso Moeti For instance, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where COVID-19 cases were at first confined to Kinshasa, now ...

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COP26: Learn from health crisis to prevent climate meltdown, PACJA charges leaders

Mithika Mwenda

The Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), in a reaction to the postponement of the 2020 climate change summit, COP26, due to COVID-19, says it welcomes the move, adding that it is necessary, timely and sensible under the current circumstances. The group, headed by Mithika Mwenda, warns however that the sacrifice will be a wasted opportunity unless world leaders learn from ...

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