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Breaking: U.S. Tops 500,000 Coronavirus Cases

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United States has reached another grim milestone in coronavirus spread, recording over 500,000 cases on Friday.

Worldometers.info which tracks coronavirus puts the cases in the world’s leading economy at 502,876 on Saturday morning.

On Friday, the U.S. logged another record 33,752 cases and 2,035 deaths, that made it almost at par with world leader Italy in fatalities.

Italy has 18,849 deaths, after recording 507 new ones on Friday.

United States now has 18,747 deaths.

The United States mind-boggling coronavirus cases on Friday were more than the combined total reported by seven badly-hit countries.

These are Spain, Italy, Germany, France, China, UK and Iran.

They had 30,753 cases on Friday, lower than America’s 33,752.

Spain recorded 5,051, Italy 3,951, France 7,120, Germany 3,936, U.K 8,681 and China a very low 46 cases.

Spain now has a national total of 158,273, Italy 147,577, France 124,869 and Germany 122,171.

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57% Nigerian Children Don’t Have Birth Certificates – UNICEF

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The United Nations Children’s Fund on Monday said about 57 per cent of Nigerian children under the age of five years don’t have birth certificates.

The child protection specialist in charge of UNICEF Zone A Field office, Enugu, Victor Atuchukwu, stated this in Awka during the training of 75 health workers from selected health facilities in the 21 local government areas of Anambra State.

He said, “It is the right of every child to have a birth certificate, but many parents did not consider it important. Without birth certificate, time would come when the child would discover that he or she had no official record of vital information.”

The Director of the National Population Commission in the state, Joachim Ulasi, who noted that the commission did not have enough man power for birth registration, said, “We just have 148 registration centres, comprising 21 controllers who are deputy chief registrars for the 21 local government areas. If they are removed from the 148, we are left with 127, which are located in health facilities throughout Anambra State. This number is not enough. We have 181 autonomous communities and we need at least one centre in each community while the large communities should have two or more.”

Ulasi, however, added that NPC had concluded plans to digitalise the birth registration exercise in the state.

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BUA Donates Additional ₦350 Million To CACOVID

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BUA Group has donated an additional sum of 350million Naira to CACOVID (the CBN-led Private Sector
Coalition on Covid-19) bringing to 1.35billion Naira, its total donation to CACOVID.

In another development, BUA also announced the donation of 100million Naira to the Kebbi State Government to
support victims of the recent flooding in the State.

Speaking on the donations, the Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, said BUA remains
committed to its sustainable development obligations as a responsible corporate citizen and will keep
supporting various social and humanitarian interventions wherever it can.

Rabiu also specifically commended the efforts of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin
Emefiele in coordinating the CACOVID intervention efforts in a transparent and accountable manner. “I
must also commend the efforts of Governor Godwin Emefiele who has brought his astute leadership to
bear in the running of CACOVID with Aliko Dangote and other members of the CACOVID steering
committee – of which BUA is a pioneer member.”

“We intend to keep monitoring the situation in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders and are
ready to contribute even more, where necessary.”, Abdul Samad Rabiu added.

On the donation of 100million to Kebbi state, Abdul Samad Rabiu commiserated with the Governor and
Kebbi State Government, communities, and individuals affected by the floods. He also enjoined all
stakeholders to support recovery efforts.

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People Without Face-Masks In Indonesia Dig Grave As Punishment

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Face mask rebels in east Java have been detained and ordered to dig graves for coronavirus victims as punishment.

People who refused to wear face masks in Gresik regency were made to dig graves at a public cemetery in Ngabetan village.

The people being punished did not participate in funeral services but two were assigned to dig each grave.

Cerme district head Suyono said: ‘There are only three available grave diggers at the moment, so I thought I might as well put these people to work with them.

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