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Ministry installs solar-powered mini grids in Covid-19 isolation centres

Mini-grid power facility

The Ministry of Power says it has installed solar-powered mini grids in some isolations centres across the country to provide 24 hours power  supply. A mini-grid power system Mr Aaron Artimas, Special Adviser Media and Communication to the Minister of Power, said  this in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Artimas said that the installation of ...

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Children at higher risk of death, abuse due to pandemic, says Guterres

António Guterres

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday, April 16, 2020 warned that children are at a higher risk of death, abuse and malnutrition during the coronavirus pandemic. UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. Photo credit: UN /Mark Garten “With the global recession gathering pace, there could be hundreds of thousands of additional child deaths in 2020″ compared to a pre-pandemic scenario, Guterres ...

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Indigenous Peoples flay Covid-19 spread, deaths, rights violations

International Indian Treaty Council (IITC)

The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), an Indigenous Peoples’ organisation with affiliates from the North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, and the Arctic and Pacific regions, has expressed concern about the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Indigenous Peoples’ territories and the resulting loss of life and human rights violations. Kuna Spiritual leader Iguayokiler Ferrer hospitalised due to COVID-19 ...

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CODE tracks spending of Covid-19 donations in seven African nations

Hamzat Lawal

The Abuja-based Connected Development (CODE), through its social accountability initiative, Follow The Money, has launched a pan-African campaign, the COVID-19 Transparency and Accountability Project (CTAP), to track spending of COVID-19 donations in seven African countries. Hamzat Lawal The countries are Nigeria, Cameroon, Gambia, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Kenya and Malawi. Officials of the organisation disclosed during a virtual press conference on Thursday, ...

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New York extends coronavirus shutdown to May 15

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, on Thursday, April 16, 2020 extended the state’s shutdown to stem the spread of coronavirus until May 15. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York “Non-essential workers must continue to stay home. Social distancing rules remain in place,” Cuomo tweeted, saying the extension was “in coordination with other states”. Speaking at a daily news conference, ...

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Society describes U.S. halt to WHO funding as ‘reckless’, ‘counterproductive’

Donald Trump

Amid a global pandemic, withholding U.S. funding from the World Health Organisation (WHO) is reckless, harmful and counterproductive, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) has said. President Donald Trump of the US In a statement on Thursday, April 16, 2020, ASTMH disclosed that such a step only encumbers the global response against COVID-19 instead of bolstering it. ...

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Africa reports 17,247 confirmed COVID-19 cases

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

The death toll from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic reached 910 as the number of confirmed cases hit 17,247 across the African continent as of Thursday, April 16, 2020, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) The Africa CDC, a specialised agency of the ...

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New coronavirus cases, deaths in Spain

Pedro Sánchez

The numbers of new cases and deaths from COVID-19 have risen in the past 24 hours in Spain, data released by the country’s health ministry revealed on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain. Photo credit: World Economic Forum / Faruk Pinjo The death toll in Spain increased to 19,130 after 551 patients inflicted with COVID-19 died ...

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Turning COVID-19 tragedy into opportunity for Nigeria – Godwin Emefiele (II)

Godwin Emefiele

Continued from Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Immediate-Term Policies (0-3 Months)In light of the fact that this crisis is an exogenous one thrust upon us without much warning, this phase reflects the government’s efforts at containment and mitigation. Although global cases are heading towards two million with over 123,600 deaths as of April 14, 2020, we now have 343 cases, of ...

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Turning COVID-19 tragedy into opportunity for Nigeria – Godwin Emefiele (I)

Godwin Emefiele

As many people are now aware, the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in China has rapidly permeated and profoundly changed the world. Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) While this crisis is first and foremost a public health issue, which has claimed the lives of over 123,600 people worldwide, and counting, the economic damages ...

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