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U.S. senate passes additional $484bn COVID-19 relief package

Donald Trump

The United States Senate on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 passed an additional coronavirus relief package worth $484 billion (N181 trillion) to address emerging public health and economic challenges occasioned by the pandemic. President Donald Trump of the US Specifically, this will replenish a depleted loan package for small businesses and provide funds for hospitals and coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and treatment. ...

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Nigeria confirms 117 new cases of COVID-19

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 117 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), pandemic outbreak in the country. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC This brings the total number of cases confirmed to 782. According to the NCDC, 59 cases were discovered in Lagos, 23 in FCT, 14 in Kano, six in Borno, four in Kastina, ...

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EU supports UN with €1.2m for Covid-19 response in Nigeria

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

The  United Nations (UN) has announced that it received €1.2 million from the European Union for the provision of lifesaving preparedness and response activities for COVID-19 in Nigeria. Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Health Minister Mr Geoffrey Njoku, Communications Specialist, UNICEF Nigeria, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. The UN said the support was due to ...

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COVID-19: 112 African health workers infected

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says since the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Africa, 112 health workers from 16 countries have been infected. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa WHO disclosed this in a weekly Bulletin on outbreaks and other Emergencies week 16 which covers April 13 to 19 released on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 and ...

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Govt told to probe Chevron ‘disregard’ for COVID-19 rules

Chevron Nigeria Office

The Federal Government has been asked to probe the disregard for rules on COVID-19 prevention by oil giant, Chevron. Chevron Nigeria Office The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) said the decision to lodge 100 of its officials in a private hotel in Warri after their return from abroad constitutes a great risk to the Nigerian public health ...

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Earth Day: Ikeazor advocates renewed global action to fight COVID-19

Sharon Ikeazor

As Nigeria joins the rest of the World to mark the 2020 World Earth Day amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, has called for renewed and concerted global action to end the pandemic, and scale up efforts to preserve and restore natural ecosystems, enhance waste management systems and mitigate climate change. Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor ...

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Earth Day: Groups, leaders seek integrated action on wellbeing of people, planet

Vandana Shiva

“The health emergency we face as a global community is interconnected to the health emergency the Earth is facing: it’s steady degradation, the extinction and disappearance of species and the climate emergency. This Corona virus pandemic and consequent global economic collapse, and the rupture of lives and livelihoods of millions calls us to urgently act.” Vandana Shiva This Earth Day ...

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African CSOs urged to monitor evolution of Covid-19 policies

Nnimmo Bassey

COVID-19 has gripped the world and its people in a crisis that has no precedent in the current Century. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak a pandemic after the disease had reached 114 countries, with over 118,000 cases, and 4,291 deaths. Today, there are over two million cases and over 100,000 deaths globally. Nnimmo ...

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Food sovereignty alliance launches campaign on agroecology, climate action

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 launched a social media campaign on Agroecology for Climate Action. The campaign will also observe the occasion of Earth Day 2020, which will be internationally celebrated on April 22. Dr Chris Macoloo, AFSA Chairperson The campaign will be live from April 21 to 23 on Twitter, Facebook, ...

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CNN’s Richard Quest tests positive for coronavirus

Richard Quest

Host of CNN International’s Quest Means Business and economics reporter for the network, Richard Quest, said that he tested positive for coronavirus over the weekend. Richard Quest. Photo credit: Geoff Moore/Shutterstock “I am thankful and grateful that I don’t seem to have any of the horrific symptoms of the others,” Quest told viewers on Monday, April 20, 2020. “I just have a nasty cough which, thankfully ...

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