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Renewable energy described as critical driver of Africa’s post-COVID-19 growth recovery

UK Africa Investment Summit

Renewable energy will be a critical driver of Africa’s post-COVID-19 growth recovery and economic prosperity, panellists in a 2021 UK Africa Investment Summit event said on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, as they called for a stronger partnership between the United Kingdom and Africa. 2021 UK Africa Investment Summit The panel, themed “UK & Africa: Partnering in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Development”, covered discussion ...

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Lockdown averted 5.8m COVID-19 infections in Nigeria – Study

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

As Nigeria grapples with rising infections caused by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of international public health researchers have revealed that the lockdown and restrictions imposed in the country between March and May 2020 may have averted not less than 5.8 million infections. Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Health Minister The team of researchers, drawn from the United ...

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What we expect from Biden and Harris, by activists, scholars


Some 52 international activists and scholars including Nigeria’s Nnimmo Bassey in an open letter to US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris list several urgent actions that need to be urgently addressed – including the Covid-19 pandemic and Green Climate Fund, among several others. Excerpts: US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Congratulations on your victory ...

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US coronavirus death toll surpasses 400,000

Anthony Fauci

The death toll from the coronavirus on Tuesday, January 19, 2020 surpassed 400,000 in the United States, less than a year after the country’s first known virus deaths. The harrowing milestone came a day after the US surpassed 24 million cases. Head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, Anthony Fauci According ...

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COVID-19: Oxygen demand may hit 750 cylinders daily – Lagos

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government has projected that before the end of January, the demand for Oxygen by Coronavirus patients will increase to 750 of 6-litre cylinder daily. Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave the projection at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 while addressing State House Correspondents on the management of the second wave ...

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Britain records highest coronavirus death rate worldwide


Britain is currently recording the highest number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in the world relative to its population. Coronavirus On a seven-day moving average, there were recently more than 16.5 deaths per million people, according to a recent evaluation by Oxford University that refers to data from the U.S.’ Johns Hopkins University. This puts Britain just ahead of the Czech ...

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Evaluating Nigerian govt’s response to economic impact of COVID-19

Godwin Emefiele

The Federal Government confirmed the first Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) case in Nigeria on Feb. 27, 2020 in Lagos. It was the first to be reported in the country since the beginning of the outbreak in China towards the end of 2019. Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) The COVID-19 pandemic created medical emergencies across the world, ...

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WHO urged to develop standardised system for naming new COVID-19 variants

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Emergency Committee (EC) on COVID-19 has urged the UN health body to develop a standardised system for naming new variants of the virus that avoids geographical markers. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images It is however noted that the WHO has ...

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Hundreds of thousands of people leave Britain due to pandemic

Boris Johnson

Hundreds of thousands of people have left Britain due to the effects of the pandemic on the economy, according to a study reported on Friday, January 15, 2021. Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Photo credit: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali There is an “unprecedented exodus” of workers born outside Britain, researchers at London’s Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence said. “It seems that ...

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WHO, Africa CDC to deliver 900m doses of COVID-19 vaccines in 2021

Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) through COVAX facility and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) are expected to deliver close to 900 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa by 2021. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, disclosed this at WHO first online press briefing for 2021 ...

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