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COVID-19: Lagos considers to fully re-open its economy

Lagos State on Covid-19

The Lagos State Government says it is considering full re-opening of the critical sectors of its economy after assessing the readiness of businesses to re-open. Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu (middle), addressing the media; Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat (left); Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Mr Hakeem Odumosu (right); and Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola (behind), during a ...

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Lagos discharges 15 more COVID-19 patients, Imo three, Kebbi five

Hope Uzodinma

The Lagos State Government on Sunday, May 17, 2020 discharged 15 more patients who recovered and tested negative to coronavirus. Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said in a statement that a total of 623 patients had so far been discharged from the state’s isolation centres. ”Good people of Lagos, 15 more COVID-19 Lagos patients; nine females ...

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Covid-19: Indonesia reports 489 new cases, Morocco 129

King Mohammed VI of Morocco

Indonesia reported 489 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, May 17, 2020, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 17,514. King Mohammed VI of Morocco The country also reported 59 deaths from the COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus, bringing the toll to 1,148, Health Ministry official, Achmad Yurianto, told an online news conference. The Southeast Asian country ...

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Uganda reports 24 new cases of COVID-19, Indonesia death toll surpasses 1,100

Yoweri Museveni

A total of 24 cross-border cargo truck drivers on Saturday, May 16, 2020 tested positive for COVID-19 in Uganda, taking the total number of infections to 227 in the country, the Health Ministry said. President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda Out of 2,044 samples collected from cross-border truck drivers, the 24 new cases comprise 14 Kenyans, six Tanzanians and four Ugandans, ...

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Minamata Convention groups conduct virtual meetings towards curbing mercury pollution

Rossana Silva Repetto

With two online meetings of expert groups under the Minamata Convention on Mercury convened recently by the Secretariat, work appears to have continued, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, towards the provision of technical support to control and reduce mercury pollution for the benefit of the environment and human health.   Rossana Silva Repetto, Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention on Mercury. Photo credit: ...

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Brazil’s Sao Paulo state records more COVID-19 deaths than China

Jair Bolsonaro

The Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has overtaken China when it comes to the number of deaths from the novel coronavirus. President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil According to data released by Brazil’s health ministry on Saturday, May 16, 2020, there have been 4,688 coronavirus-related deaths in the country’s most populous state, which is home to more than 40 million people. ...

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AfDB supports Nigerian youths with dry season farming irrigation technologies

Ayuba Abimiku, a young rice farmer at Gidan Mai-Akuya community in Nasarawa State, North-central Nigeria, is excited. Nigerian youth farmers Ayuba is witnessing the operation of a pressured plastic-piped sprinkler for the first time. “This system allows for proper water management and the farmer can determine the right amount of water needed in the field per time,” he enthused. “With ...

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Lagos embraces technology for city transformation

Idris Salako

The Lagos State Government has commenced the move to embrace digital technology to automate the process of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, especially its stage certification, monitoring and urban renewal processes through the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and the Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency (LASURA) respectively. Lagos State ...

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Nigeria records 288 new Covid-19 cases

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

Lagos State contributed a huge chunk of 179 out of the 288 new coronavirus disease infections recorded by Nigeria on Friday, May 15, 2020. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC The figures were released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on its Twitter handle. Lagos had on Wednesday and Thursday recorded 51 and 58 new cases respectively ...

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Is Covid-19 truly healing the planet?


Ever since the first case of the Coronavirus was discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, the whole world has struggled to contain the virus, which has taken over 306,000 lives, according to statistics from Worldometers. Coronavirus In a very long time, there have been no event or crisis that have brought the world to a standstill, neither has there ...

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