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Nigeria Might Soon Exit Second Wave of Coronavirus – Minister of Health, Ehanire Osagie
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Nigeria Might Soon Exit Second Wave of Coronavirus – Minister of Health, Ehanire Osagie

The Minister of Health, Ehanire Osagie has said that Nigeria might soon exit the second wave of the Coronavirus disease. Osagie who spoke at a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday February 22, said the country has been recording a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases. The Minister also disclosed that the decreased positivity rate from sustained testing in states, is synonymous with global trends. He said; “This trend in reduction compares with global observations of seeming decline in COVID-19 cases, signifying that the second wave may be receding. “On 21st of February 2021, 521 new infections and 8 deaths occurred in 20 states. The sustained testing in states has decreased positively rate. “We are, however, not drawing conclusions yet and ce...
Saudi Arabia shuts movie theaters, halts dine-in services for 10 days amid spike in COVID-19 infections
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Saudi Arabia shuts movie theaters, halts dine-in services for 10 days amid spike in COVID-19 infections

Saudi Arabia on Thursday February 4, shut down entertainment centres including cinemas and suspended dine-in services at restaurants for 10 days amid a spike in COVID-19 infections.   The kingdom suspended "all events and parties" including weddings in banquet halls or hotels for 30 days, the interior ministry said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency.   It also halted "all entertainment activities" including cinemas and gaming parlours and suspended dine-in services in all restaurants and cafes for 10 days, it added, warning that the suspension could be extended.   The measures, which will be implemented from 10.00 pm Thursday, February 4 are aimed at "preventing the outbreak of a second wave" of the pandemic, the ministry said. &n...
Gynaecologist urges women not to remove their pubic hair
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Gynaecologist urges women not to remove their pubic hair

A gynaecologist is urging women not to remove their pubic hair. Dr Jen Gunter, author of The Vagina Bible, warns waxing or shaving creates “microscopic trauma” that can lead to infections. While the purpose of pubic hair is somewhat of a mystery, going “au naturel” is thought to protect the skin by acting as a barrier against the outside world. Getting a Brazilian may also reduce sexual pleasure, with pubic hair being connected to nerve endings that might help arousal, Dr Gunter added. Pubic hair “grooming” has almost become the norm, with many blaming the p3rn industry. Scientists from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), asked more than 3,300 women about their downstairs grooming. Of which, 83.8% claimed to wax, shave or epilate their pubic hair, with jus...
Global coronavirus infections hit 35 million; Africa records over 1.5 million
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Global coronavirus infections hit 35 million; Africa records over 1.5 million

The number of coronavirus cases reported worldwide passed 35 million in the early hours of Sunday, data from worldometers.info has revealed. This is just as the total infections in Africa crossed 1.5 million, indicating a gradual increase in cases on the continent once perceived as a safe haven for the virus. The official number of global coronavirus cases is now at least five times the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to World Health Organization data. The figure has more than doubled in about two months after reaching 15 million on July 22. COVID-19, the potentially dangerous pneumonia-like disease caused by the coronavirus and said to have emanated from a local Wuhan market and spread to over 200 countries, has also claimed more than a mi...
Taraba Yet To Report Death From COVID-19 – NCDC
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Taraba Yet To Report Death From COVID-19 – NCDC

Despite the rising number of COVID-19 infections in Nigeria with 878 deaths, Taraba is the only state in the country yet to record a single fatality from the virus. Data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as of Saturday, August 1st, 2020, indicated that the West Africa country’s COVID-19 infections now stand at 43, 537. Taraba, so far, have 54 cases of the virus, out of which 11 have been discharged, 43 persons on admission but no death reported. Nigeria’s COVID-19 epicentre, Lagos has reported 192 deaths from 15,043 cases, the highest number of fatality in the country. All Clear?On May 17th, Taraba state discharged all 17 active cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) receiving treatment after they tested negative twice.Governor Darius Ishaku confirmed this to rep...
New polls show Joe Biden Leading Donald Trump Ahead of Elections
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New polls show Joe Biden Leading Donald Trump Ahead of Elections

New polls released Sunday night, July 12, show Democrat presidential challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump in two major states --Texas and Florida-- vital states that Donald Trump won in 2016. The polls conducted by CBS/YouGov, shows Biden leading Trump 46 to 41 in Texas, with 14 per cent undecided. The two men were tied at 43-43 in the same poll in April. The same poll has Biden also leading 46 to 42  in Florida, a critical battleground state. In Arizona, they are tied at 46 per cent. Trump won Arizona by less than 2 percentage points in 2016. Surprisingly, all three states are getting increased rates of coronavirus, infections, with Florida reporting a stunning 15,000 infections in a single day Sunday, and the state's 270,000 now r...
Two Madagascar Lawmakers Die after Coronavirus Infection
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Two Madagascar Lawmakers Die after Coronavirus Infection

Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina on Sunday July 12,  said two lawmakers -- one member of the senate and one deputy -- had died after becoming infected with coronavirus. Eleven other deputies and 14 senators had also tested positive for the virus, Rajoelina said. Madagascar had on July 5 placed its capital Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown following a new surge in Coronavirus infections, two months after the restrictions were eased, the presidency announced Sunday. “The Analamanga region (under which the capital is situated) is returning to full lockdown,” the presidency said in a statement. No traffic will be allowed in or out of the region starting Monday until July 20. A strict curfew will be imposed on street movement by people. The country has recorded 2,573 infec...
No State is COVID-19 Free- NCDC Chikwe Ihekweazu
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No State is COVID-19 Free- NCDC Chikwe Ihekweazu

Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has said that no state in the country is COVID-19 free. Ihekweazu said this today June 22 while speaking at the daily briefing of the presidential task force in Abuja. He said a state can only talk about being COVID-19 free when it is testing and have the effective tool to fight the disease. In his words “No state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free. No country in the world is COVID-19 free. That is why we have to keep doing this work we are doing, testing people, finding out if they have it. Even if some of us are lucky and get away with having asymptomatic infections, we have to test more. We can only talk about a state being disease-free when we have an effective tool to fight the disease. That ...
Ukraine’s First Lady Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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Ukraine’s First Lady Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Ukraine's first lady Olena Zelenska on Friday June 12, announced that she tested positive for Coronavirus amid a rise in infections in the country. The First Lady also disclosed that her husband, President Volodymyr Zelensky and their two children tested negative for the virus. Olena added that she is receiving outpatient treatment and is isolated from her family “in order not to put them in danger.” On Friday, the ex-Soviet country reported 29,753 cases and 870 fatalities. This came after Ukrainian authorities said there had been an “alarming” rise in coronavirus cases as the country eases lockdown restrictions. Ukraine has so far reported over 29,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 870 deaths. The government started gradually easing lockdown restrictions in late May w...
Mumbai infections exceeds Wuhan peak as India sees close to 10,000 new daily infections
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Mumbai infections exceeds Wuhan peak as India sees close to 10,000 new daily infections

Coronavirus cases in Mumbai, India have passed 51,000, according to the Indian Express. The last 24 hours alone saw close to 10,000 new confirmed infections, with 9,985. The BBC points out that the city has more cases than Wuhan, China – where the virus first emerged – had at its peak. India, which has the fifth-highest number of cases, has 276,146 confirmed infections in total. It has reported 7,750 deaths, which is likely to be an underestimate.
Brazil Overtakes Italy as Country With Third-highest Coronavirus Deaths
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Brazil Overtakes Italy as Country With Third-highest Coronavirus Deaths

Brazil has overtaken Italy as the country with the third-highest Coronavirus death toll after a daily record of 1,473 fatalities took its total tally to more than 34,000. The figure published by Brazil’s health ministry on Thursday night showed that only the United States and the United Kingdom have registered more deaths from the disease. The official number of infections rose to nearly 615,000, the second-largest caseload in the world, behind the US. Shortly before the numbers were released, Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro said in an online broadcast: “We can’t go on like this. Nobody can take it anymore,” Bolsonaro said of the stay-at-home measures, being implemented by state governors and mayors across Brazil even as the number of infections and deaths continues to i...
Lagos Records 17 Coronavirus Deaths in 2 Days
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Lagos Records 17 Coronavirus Deaths in 2 Days

No less than 17 people have died of coronavirus in Lagos in the last 2 days, according to a social media statement released by the state Commissioner of Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi. On Tuesday, he announced that “Nine COVID-19 related deaths were recorded, bringing total COVID-19 related deaths in Lagos to 59. An just 24 hours later, the Commissioner gave an update stating that 8 new deaths were recorded: “Eight additional COVID-19 related deaths were recorded. Total COVID-19 related deaths now stand at 67.” The Commissioner added that the state recorded 192 new COVID-19 infections, increasing the total number of cases in Lagos to 5151. Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday said it has recorded 241 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak...
List of 20 LGAs with Highest Covid-19 Cases in Nigeria
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List of 20 LGAs with Highest Covid-19 Cases in Nigeria

A report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has shown that 11 of the 20 local government areas that account for 60 per cent of COVID-19 cases are in Lagos State. The report, which was obtained at the weekend, showed Lagos Mainland council has the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 1,274. Following behind Lagos Mainland are Abuja Municipal council with 536 cases, Mushin Local Government Area in Lagos  with 458 cases, Eti-Osa Local Government Area in Lagos with 403 cases, and Tarauni in Kano State with 248 cases of COVID-19. The report said 7,276 confirmed cases (74 per cent) have unknown sources of exposure, giving credence to heightened community transmission. The report was shared before the confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country shot up to 10,578 a...
Global Infections Passes 5.3 Million, COVID-19 Updates At A Glance
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Global Infections Passes 5.3 Million, COVID-19 Updates At A Glance

Global cases have passed 5.3 million. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, there are 5,311,089 confirmed infections. At least 342,104 people have lost their lives in the pandemic so far. Both figures are likely to be significantly higher, however, due to underreporting and differing definitions and testing rates. Wuhan lab had three live bat coronaviruses: Chinese state media. The Chinese virology institute in Wuhan, the city where Covid-19 first emerged, has three live strains of bat coronavirus on-site, but none match the new contagion wreaking chaos across the world, its director has said, AFP reports. The director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology told state broadcaster CGTN that claims made by US President Donald Trump and others the virus could have leaked fr...
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No Kissing the Bride as Sri Lanka Lifts Weddings Ban

The Government of Sri Lanka on Friday lifted a ban on wedding receptions as part of an easing of Coronavirus restrictions, with grooms not expected to kiss the bride at least in public. The country is known for holding wedding celebrations with thousands of guests, and the festivities can last for days. But under the new guidelines only100 guests will be allowed at weddings and they must all stay a metre part and wear masks - including the couple. "Guests should not be allowed to kiss, hug or shake hands," said the latest health ministry rules seen by AFP. "Greeting each other should be done without any touching." Sri Lanka first imposed a nationwide curfew on March 20 that ruled out public gatherings, but the restrictions have reportedly been eased in several districts that a...
#coronavirus: Rwanda Deploys Robots
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#coronavirus: Rwanda Deploys Robots

The Government of Rwanda has deployed robots in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The Rwanda Biomedical Centre, which made this known on Tuesday via Twitter, said the robots would, importantly, reduce the exposure of health workers to possible infections. Named Akazuba, Ikirezi, Mwiza, Ngabo and Urumuri, the Centre said they would monitor the recovery status of COVID-19 patients and keep their medical records, thereby increase timeliness and efficiency in the ongoing fight against the virus. Commenting on the development, Rwanda’s Minister of Information, Communication Technology and Innovation, Paula Ingabire, said, “The infectious nature of COVIDー19 calls for technological innovations to tackle the pandemic. This is why Rwanda has introduced robots, drones among high-tech ...
R. Kelly’s Third Attempt To Be Released From Prison Denied
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R. Kelly’s Third Attempt To Be Released From Prison Denied

A judge has denied R. Kelly‘s third request for an early release from jail while awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing young girls. In his third attempt, the disgraced singer claimed he was at high risk of coronavirus because he is prediabetic. US District Judge Ann Donnelly, however, is not convinced that prediabetes presents a “compelling reason for the defendant’s release.”. In her decision on Friday, Judge Donnelly wrote: “I do not agree that a diagnosis of prediabetes presents a compelling reason for the defendant’s release. While the CDC has identified diabetes as a risk factor for COVID-19, the same is not true for prediabetes, a condition that affects nearly one in three American adults.” She said prison doctors were working ‘with him to implement lifestyle changes...
Japan lifts virus emergency for most regions
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Japan lifts virus emergency for most regions

Japan's prime minister on Thursday lifted a state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus for the majority of the country but kept it in place for top cities Tokyo and Osaka. After fears the virus could explode in Japan, new infections have come down sharply, enabling the government to end the measure in 39 out of 47 prefectures before it was due to expire on May 31. But with new cases still emerging daily in Tokyo, Osaka and the northern island of Hokkaido, Shinzo Abe told reporters in a televised news conference that the state of emergency would be kept in place for those regions. "If possible, before May 31, we would like to lift the state of emergency for the other regions as well," he said. "It's going to be a long road ahead," Abe warned, asking residents to continue ...
Coronavirus spreads among Indian Police enforcing lockdown
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Coronavirus spreads among Indian Police enforcing lockdown

Hundreds of Indian Police have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days, raising alarm among an over-stretched force as it attempts to enforce the world’s largest lockdown to contain the pandemic. Some three million police are trying to ensure that the vast majority of India’s 1.3 billion people stay home. TV footage early in the crisis showed the Police beating back migrant workers as they tried to board city buses to reach their villages, making a mockery of social distancing. India has been under lockdown since March 25 and confirmed nearly 50,000 coronavirus cases and some 1,694 deaths. A senior officer in the western state of Maharashtra said the number of cases had nearly doubled in the Police force there in the last week. Maharashtra, the hardest-hit state, ...
FG mulls another lockdown, Envisages Spike in Infection Rates
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FG mulls another lockdown, Envisages Spike in Infection Rates

Following its decision to ease the five-week lockdown it imposed on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos State and Ogun State, the federal government has said it might be forced to proclaim another round of lockdown across the country, saying most Nigerians who went out for their businesses on Monday violated its containment protocols against the spread of the COVID-19. According to the federal government, more Covid-19 infections are expected to be recorded across the country due to such violations. While it lamented the low level of public compliance with its containment protocols, the federal government also said it would be engaging the northern governors to find a way of halting their current resort to evacuating Almajiris from one state to the other, saying such action ...
Reorganise yourselves or risk another lockdown – NCDC warns Nigerians
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Reorganise yourselves or risk another lockdown – NCDC warns Nigerians

The Director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said the government may issue another lockdown if Nigerians do not compose themselves. Speaking at the presidential task force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday, Chikwe stated that if there is an explosion of COVID-19 cases in the country, the lockdown will be re-issued He said “It is not the guidelines per se, it is the thinking behind it. How do we want to manage the risk of explosion and transmission? Today, we might forgive a little bite because it is the first day,” he said. “We will have infection because of what happened today, no doubt about that. But how can we learn from the mistakes of today into tomorrow, next tomorrow so by Friday hopefully we have normalised some...
Over 4 million Italians Flock to the Streets Today for the First after Government Eases Coronavirus Lockdown OrdersTime
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Over 4 million Italians Flock to the Streets Today for the First after Government Eases Coronavirus Lockdown OrdersTime

Over 4 million people in Italy took to the streets of Italy today, Monday, after the Italian Government eased lockdown rules in the country following the Coronavirus outbreak over two months ago. With almost 29,000 deaths from Covid-19 since its outbreak emerged on February 21, Italy has the world's second-highest toll after the United States and the Italian government imposed one of strictest lockdowns two months ago to curb the spread of the virus. Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte decided to adopt a slow approach to ending the lockdown, after seeing that the daily tally of fatalities and new infections have slowed down, prompting him to announce that Italians can resume work today, but all churches, mosques, bars, clubs and event centers will remain closed. "We are still i...
Governor Nyesom Wike Places Port Harcourt on Total Lockdown
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Governor Nyesom Wike Places Port Harcourt on Total Lockdown

In a bid to stop the importation of the novel Coronavirus to the state, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that any oil worker who intends to come into the state for work, must present his or her COVID-19 test result before they will be allowed access into the state. River state currently has 14 confirmed cases of COVID19. He gave the order during a state wide broadcast today May 4. ''In the last few days, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has diagnosed several positive cases of COVID-19 infections in the State, some of whom were persons flown into the State by Oil and Gas Companies for their operations. The latest of these positive cases was the 14th case who was flown in to Port Harcourt as recent as Wednesday the 29th of April 2020 by Bristow Helicopters...
Russia reports more than 10,000 new virus infections
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Russia reports more than 10,000 new virus infections

Russia on Sunday registered more than 10,600 new coronavirus infections, marking a fresh one-day record increase. New infections jumped by 10,633 to 134,687 cases, Russian authorities said. Russia is now the European country registering the most new infections. But the official fatality rate is low in comparison to countries like Italy, Spain and the United States. Fifty eight people died over the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 1,280. Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin has said the Russian capital, which has emerged as the epicentre of the contagion, was not yet past the peak of the outbreak. Moscow recorded 5,948 new cases, bringing the capital’s total to 68,606. President Vladimir Putin has said the situation remains “very difficult.” Despite the steady...
X-raying Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs under Covid-19
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X-raying Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs under Covid-19

But times have changed and today, with the world on lockdown from Minna to Minneapolis and Lagos to Lisbon, the word de jour is Covid-19, a disease caused by the novel Coronavirus. Total global infections now stand at over 2.8m with a total fatality rate of almost 200,000 which is well over 5%. Of the global number of infections, 808,024 people have recovered. Figures are based on statistics available on April 25, 2020. Nigeria with 1,095 confirmed cases and 32 deaths is fast closing the gap against Ghana which has 1,279 confirmed cases and 10 fatalities as well as South Africa which has reported 4,220 cases with 79 fatalities. Prognostications from the Nigeria Center of Disease Control (NCDC) are dire with the figures expected to rise further in the coming days as more tests are ...
Singapore extends coronavirus curbs as cases surge
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Singapore extends coronavirus curbs as cases surge

Singapore on Tuesday extended restrictions to fight the coronavirus until early June, the city-state’s leader said, as cases surged past 9,000 due to a growing number of infections among migrant workers. The city-state managed to keep its outbreak in check in the early stages due to widespread testing and contact-tracing but is facing a fast-moving second wave of infections. Health authorities reported 1,111 cases Tuesday taking the total to 9,125, with the vast majority of new infections in foreign worker dormitories, which have become the epicentre of the city’s outbreak. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that restrictions — which include closures of businesses and schools and asking people to stay home — would be extended to June 1. They were imposed at the start o...
Bill Cosby Is Denied Early Release From Jail Despite Dozens Of Coronavirus Infections Inside His Prison
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Bill Cosby Is Denied Early Release From Jail Despite Dozens Of Coronavirus Infections Inside His Prison

Disgraced comic actor, Bill Cosby has been denied an early release from prison despite dozens of Coronavirus infections inside the facility where he is housed. The 82-year-old is serving a three to 10 years sentence at SCI Phoenix in Skippack, Pennsylvania after being found guilty of aggravated sexual assault in 2018. As a result of the pandemic, several prisoners across the world have been released early or sent to home confinement. Last Friday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf revealed a plan to ‘temporarily relieve’ at-risk inmates in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus behind bars, sparking speculation that Cosby could be freed. But the state’s Department of Corrections have ruled out an early release for the actor. ‘Sex offenders are not eligible under the repriev...
India extends world’s biggest virus lockdown
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India extends world’s biggest virus lockdown

India’s nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the biggest in the world covering 1.3 billion people, will be extended until May 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday. The move comes despite complaints from millions of poor, a vast underclass who have been left almost completely without support as jobs have vanished and incomes dried up. “From the economic angle, we have paid a big price,” Modi said. “But the lives of the people of India are far more valuable.” “From the experiences of the last few days, it is clear that the path we have chosen is correct.” India’s current three-week-old lockdown, in force since March 25, had been scheduled to end at midnight Tuesday. Modi said there would be “limited relaxations” from April 20 for districts with no cases, and new guidelines...
Fearful Of Coronavirus Return, Beijing Turns Into Virtual Fortress
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Fearful Of Coronavirus Return, Beijing Turns Into Virtual Fortress

Beijing has virtually walled itself off to outsiders with drastic measures to protect China’s seat of power against the threat of a second wave of coronavirus infections from other regions. After largely getting the outbreak under control, China has banned foreigners from entering the country as authorities fret over an increase in cases imported from abroad — though most have been Chinese citizens. But Beijing has gone a step further, imposing a strict 14-day quarantine on people arriving from other parts of China, regardless of whether they test negative for COVID-19 — a measure not required in other cities. Beijing, of course, is not like any other Chinese city. The ruling Communist Party postponed its once-a-year congress, known as the “two sessions”, in March and experts s...
Iran says virus deaths pass 4,000 but cases dropping
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Iran says virus deaths pass 4,000 but cases dropping

Iranian women, members of paramilitary organisation Basij, make face masks and other protective items at a mosque in the capital Tehran, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis on April 5, 2020. The spread of the virus in Iran has slowed for the fifth day in a row, according to official figures released today by the authorities, who also announced plans for a gradual resumption of certain economic activities starting on April 11. Iran’s health ministry on Thursday said 117 new deaths from the novel coronavirus took the total to 4,110 in one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic. But ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said the latest figures showed there was a downward trend in the number of new coronavirus infections. “Today we are clearly seeing a decline in the num...
Photos from Wuhan, the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak, as it reopens after 10-week Coronavirus lockdown
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Photos from Wuhan, the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak, as it reopens after 10-week Coronavirus lockdown

  Wuhan, the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic, was placed on a major lockdown for more than 10 weeks to contain the outbreak. The lockdown was finally lifted on Wednesday.   The city of 11 million people was shut off on January 23, with no one allowed to enter or leave. Most of the nearly 82,000 confirmed infections and 3,331 deaths in China have been in Wuhan.   However, as the virus has been brought under control in Wuhan, China, the lockdown was lifted.   Photos taken on Wednesday, April 8, show people leaving their homes, all wearing masks, some clad in the white full-body protective suits.   A lot of people can also be seen travelling as they've finally been allowed to reunite with families and go back to their jobs.   ...
87,000 Incidents of Gender-based Violence Reported in South Africa Since the 21-day National Lockdown
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87,000 Incidents of Gender-based Violence Reported in South Africa Since the 21-day National Lockdown

The Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities ministry has called for action against gender-based violence (GBV) perpetrators, following a sharp increase in dockets opened for investigation. This comes after police minister Bheki Cele said that a whopping 87,000 incidents of GBV were reported since the 21-day national lockdown came into effect on Friday, 27 March. Cele made the announcement as he spoke on behalf of the Coronavirus Command Council last week. Deputy minister Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize said the rise in incidents during the first week of the lockdown was “unacceptable”. Mkhize further expressed anger and disappointment in the “toxic patriarchal mindset” which seemed unstoppable despite the nation walking in the shadow of “deadly disaster”. “Women are carryin...
COVID-19: Mumbai hospital shut after 26 nurses, 3 doctors test positive
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COVID-19: Mumbai hospital shut after 26 nurses, 3 doctors test positive

A major private hospital in Mumbai was shut to new patients and declared a coronavirus containment zone on Monday after 26 nurses and three doctors tested positive, an official said. Since the virus hit India — which has been under lockdown since March 25 with 111 deaths so far — medical workers have complained about not being given adequate protective gear. Mumbai city authority spokesman Vijay Khabale-Patil told AFP that the Wockhardt Hospital has been declared a “containment zone” after the cases were confirmed. “Three hundred staffers have been quarantined and the hospital is shut,” he told AFP. The United Nurses Association (UNA) in Mumbai accused hospital management of failing to protect staff by refusing to let them wear appropriate safety gear. “They told the medical...
COVID-19: Ogun Shuts Borders With Neighbouring States, Benin Republic
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COVID-19: Ogun Shuts Borders With Neighbouring States, Benin Republic

The Ogun State Government has announced the closure of its borders with the neighbouring states and the international border with the Republic of Benin. Governor Dapo Abiodun’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, announced this in a statement on Saturday. Somorin revealed that the closure would be in effect from midnight of March 29, and would be in force for two weeks in the first instance. “With this restriction order, movement in and out of the state is thus, banned as a further measure to contain the coronavirus pandemic,” the statement read. According to the governor’s aide, the state is constrained to effect border closure in order to stem and flatten the curve of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, not only in the state but in the country and in the West Afr...
Over 600,000 Coronavirus Cases, 27,000 Deaths Recorded Globally
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Over 600,000 Coronavirus Cases, 27,000 Deaths Recorded Globally

It has been reported that more than 600,000 cases of the novel coronavirus have been officially recorded around the world since the outbreak of the epidemic. This is according to an AFP tally at 1045 GMT on Saturday. There were 605,010 cases of infection with 27,982 deaths in 183 countries and territories. The United States had 104,837 cases of which 1,711 were fatal. Italy had the highest number of deaths at 9,134 and a total of 86,498 cases. China, the epicentre of the outbreak, had 81,394 cases and 3,295 deaths. The figures represent only a fraction of the number of infections as many countries only carry out tests on suspected cases if they are hospitalised.
COVID-19: Spain Emerges Second In Europe With 1,300 Deaths
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COVID-19: Spain Emerges Second In Europe With 1,300 Deaths

Spain on Saturday reported a 32 per cent spike in new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the country total to 1,326 fatalities, the second-highest in Europe after Italy. The number of infections across the country also shot up to 24,926, the health ministry said in a statement. The capital Madrid remains the hardest hit in the country, according to the tally reported by the ministry. The new numbers follow a fresh spike in both deaths and infections on Friday. Spain has issued lockdown orders for some 46 million people who are only permitted to leave their homes for essential work, food shopping, medical reasons or to walk the dog. Italy is Europe’s worst affected country in terms of the death toll, followed by Spain and France.
Ondo State Government Orders Closure of all Schools Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
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Ondo State Government Orders Closure of all Schools Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has ordered the closure of all primary and secondary schools as well as tertiary institutions in the state following the outbreak of Coronavirus outbreak. He gave the order in a state broadcast on Thursday night March 19th. ''We have also directed the closure of all primary and secondary schools as well tertiary institutions in the state as from Friday 20th, March, 2020 until further notice. This measure is to harvest our children into the safety net for proper monitoring and care. There is no doubt that this global pandemic poses a real challenge to all nations, yet if we all collaborate effectively, we will overcome it successfully. One major advantage that our state has is the experience and expertise we have developed over the years from our fight...
Iran to free prisoners as coronavirus spreads rapidly
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Iran to free prisoners as coronavirus spreads rapidly

During the 2019–2020 coronavirus pandemic, Iran reported its first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infections on 19 February 2020 in Qom. As of 14 March 2020, according to Iranian health authorities, there had been 611 COVID-19 deaths in Iran with more than 12,500 confirmed infections. An Iranian judiciary spokesman says the country has temporarily freed about 85,000 prisoners, including political prisoners, in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus. See Tweet below:
Philippines Senator, Juan Miguel Zubiri Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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Philippines Senator, Juan Miguel Zubiri Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Philippines' Senate Majority Leader, Juan Miguel Zubiri has tested positive for coronavirus as confirmed in a tweet he shared. Zubiri who is Philippines' first national official to contract the virus, had opted for a voluntary isolation after a resource person who attended a hearing in the Senate on March 5 tested positive for COVID-19. However according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque, the senate majority is asymptomatic, meaning he is yet to show any symptoms of the disease like dry cough, fever and shortness of breath. In a message to his supporters, he wrote;   “To my dear fellow Filipinos, my Kababayans. It is with sadness that I announce that I am positive for Covid 19. I had a test taken last Friday while on self-quarantine and this afternoon I received a...
Patrick Cutrone and German Pezzella Test Positive for Coronavirus 
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Patrick Cutrone and German Pezzella Test Positive for Coronavirus 

On-loan Wolves striker, Patrick Cutrone and his Fiorentina teammate German Pezzella have tested positive for coronavirus in Italy. The Italian striker who joined the Serie A club on an 18-month loan deal in January was diagnosed with the virus alongside Pezzella and the club physio Stefano Danielli. On Saturday, the Italian club confirmed the positive tests of Cutrone, German Pezzella and club physio Stefano Danielli in a statement. A statement said: 'ACF Fiorentina announces that footballers Patrick Cutrone and German Pezzella and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli also underwent tests, as they were showing some symptoms. All three resulted positive and are in good health at their homes in Florence.' This comes a day after Fiorentina confirmed that Serbian striker Dusan ...
Algeria Announce its First Coronavirus Death
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Algeria Announce its First Coronavirus Death

The Algerian Health Ministry on Thursday announced that a woman has died from Coronavirus, becoming the first fatality in the North African country. The ministry said the woman died in a hospital in the province of Blida, near the capital Algiers. According to the ministry, she is among 24 confirmed Coronavirus infections recorded in Algeria. They include five cases announced on Thursday, two of whom recently came from France. On Tuesday, Morocco, a neighbour of Algeria, reported its first death from the virus. Egypt, another North African country, announced its first such fatality on Sunday. Experts consider Africa to be at high risk due to its close links with China, the epicentre of the Coronavirus epidemic and the weak health systems in many African countries. ...
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Bank Money Can Spread Coronavirus, WHO Warns

The World Health Organisation has warned that bank money could aid the transmission of the infectious disease. Therefore, The United Nations body advice people to rather go cashless. WHO warned that coronavirus could be on the surface of banknotes for several days. Hence the need for people to refrain from using money for transactions as much as possible. People should make it a regular habit to wash their hands immediately after handling money.
South Korea League Season Postponed Due to Coronavirus Outbreak
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South Korea League Season Postponed Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

South Korean football authorities have indefinitely postponed the start of the 2020 domestic season due to the coronavirus outbreak. The K League made the announcement after an emergency meeting in Seoul on Monday as the country grapples with the viral outbreak that began in China and has infected more than 79,000 people globally. The number of reported cases in South Korea reached 833 on Monday, including seven deaths. While the majority of infections in South Korea have been recorded in the southeastern city of Daegu, there are concerns the virus could spread nationwide. On Friday, the K League postponed the opening games of the season for Daegu FC and nearby Pohang Steelers, scheduled to be held this Saturday, but now all games will be suspended until further notice. "We...
Ministry, Church Take Handwashing Campaign To Students
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Ministry, Church Take Handwashing Campaign To Students

  The Federal Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Lagos Province 8, has inaugurated a 20 unit modern hand washing station, donated by the church to Gbagada Comprehensive Junior High School, Lagos. The project is part of the church’s Christian social responsibility and mandate to affect its community positively, show love and be a blessing to others. Speaking during the launch of the facility at the school premises, the Assistant Pastor in charge of the province, Pastor Joel Amore, said the church decided to provide a hand washing station to affect the future. “When you are healthy then you can fulfil your mandate, we are affecting the future of the nation by helping people to fulfil their dreams and helping the educati...
Niger Reports Sharp Drop In New AIDS Infections
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Niger Reports Sharp Drop In New AIDS Infections

The number of new AIDS infections in Niger dropped by more than two thirds between 2012 and 2016, the health ministry said Saturday, in a statement marking World AIDS day. Aids Health Minister Idi Illiassou said new infections in the four-year period under review fell from 6,000 to 1,761, a decline of 70 percent. AIDS-related deaths in the country fell by 15 percent over the same period, according to Illiassou. Between 2013 and 2017 patients receiving retroviral care rose from 11,182 to 17,122, he added with aid from partner states a factor in the country now boasting 73 screening centres from just one in 2003. “The estimated annual number of deaths due to AIDS fell from 4,000 in 2012 to 3,400 in 2016 — a drop of 15 percent,” the minister also said. HIV cases had stabili...
Some Nigerians Want Tribal Marks Stopped To Prevent Infections
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Some Nigerians Want Tribal Marks Stopped To Prevent Infections

Some Nigerians have said that the inscription of tribal marks on the face of an individual can lead to infection. They made this known in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja. They noted that an individual with facial marks stand the risk of contracting infectious diseases like HIV. Mrs Oluseyi Adegboyega, a mother of three said the practice could increase the receiver’s risk of contracting skin diseases as the sharp instruments used to inscribe the marks most often times were not sterilised. Adegboyega said that the era of facial marks as identification with various tribes were outdated, as the popularity and acceptance of the practice had continued to fade. She narrated her experience on how her face was marked with a knife as a chil...
Common Signs The Woman You Are Having Sex With is Infected
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Common Signs The Woman You Are Having Sex With is Infected

As a man, if you are sexually active, you should also be alert for signs that the woman you are having sex with could have a Sexually Transmitted Disease. It is important that you always stay safe sexually, as Sexually Transmitted Diseases are the most common kinds. As a man, if you are sexually active, you should also be alert for signs that the woman you are having sex with could have an STD. Below are suspicious signs to look out for: ‘Fishy Smell’: There is a difference between this kind of odor and the one that comes from an unhygienic woman. If she literally smells like fish down there, then you need to have a conversation with her about her health. You itch: You might not be so sure if her vagina is itchy, but if your penis get itchy after having sex with her, then some...