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Overcrowded Burial: Thousands Bid Emir Of Zazzau Farewell ( Video)
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Overcrowded Burial: Thousands Bid Emir Of Zazzau Farewell ( Video)

After 45 years on the throne, light dimmed yesterday for Emir Zazzau Alhaji Shehu Idris, who passed on at 84. Thousands of people converged on the palace at Zaria to pay their last respects as the remains of perhaps, the longest serving emir, were interred beside the tomb of some of the past emirs. Prayers for the repose of the soul of the 18th Emir of Zazzau, were attended by Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who led the presidential delegation. Other members are: Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu. Governor Nasir El-Rufai led the Kaduna State delegation which included Secretary to State Government, Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, Speaker Yusuf Zailani and heads of mili...
Myanmar To Release 25,000 Prisoners Amid Virus Fears
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Myanmar To Release 25,000 Prisoners Amid Virus Fears

More than a quarter of Myanmar’s prison population is to be released, the president’s office announced Friday, as calls grow to ease pressure on overcrowded jails with coronavirus fears gripping the country. The Southeast Asian nation grants an annual amnesty to thousands of prisoners to mark its April New Year holiday, but this is the largest ever recorded. So far Myanmar has officially confirmed 85 cases of Covid-19, including four deaths, but experts fear the real number is many times more due to the low numbers tested. The country is under a nationwide lockdown and there has been growing pressure to release inmates from what Human Rights Watch (HRW) calls “horribly overcrowded and unsanitary” jails. The release would start immediately, a senior officer of the prison dep...
COVID-19 10 times deadlier than swine flu – WHO
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COVID-19 10 times deadlier than swine flu – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that Coronavirus is 10 times deadlier than swine flu, which caused a global pandemic in 2009. WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, stated this at a virtual news conference in Geneva on Monday. Tedros said that the virus could spread more easily in crowded environments like nursing homes, NAN reports. He said, “We know that early case-finding, testing, isolating, caring for every case and tracing every contact is essential for stopping transmission. “We know that in some countries, cases are doubling every three to four days. ”Though, the virus accelerates very fast, it decelerates much more slowly; in other words, the way down is much slower than the way up. “That means control measures must be lifted slowly, and with c...
‘If It Comes, It Will Overwhelm Us’: Malawi Braces For Coronavirus
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‘If It Comes, It Will Overwhelm Us’: Malawi Braces For Coronavirus

When the overcrowded, long-distance bus from Johannesburg arrived at the Malawian border post of Mwanza last week, one passenger was dead. Fearing he had picked up Covid-19 in South Africa and infected all his fellow travellers, the guards sent everyone to a hastily-built quarantine centre for 14 days. The man had died of other causes but Malawi, which is well used to devastating diseases like HIV/Aids, cholera and malaria, is taking no chances. Along with São Tomé, Comoros, South Sudan, Burundi, and Sierra Leone in Africa, it is one of the last countries in the world not to have confirmed a single Covid-19 case yet. In Malawi only 20 people a day can be tested for the virus, and there are just 25 intensive care unit beds and seven ventilators in the country of more than 18 milli...
Political Appointees, Friends Shun Fayose’s Last Dinner Party, Food Wasted
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Political Appointees, Friends Shun Fayose’s Last Dinner Party, Food Wasted

A dinner party organised on Friday night by the outgoing Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose to round-off his tenure in office was shunned by  the expected crowd of party faithful and political appointees. Fayose Newsmen report that the dinner which ought to have begun at 7:00pm  did not record up to 20 of  the expected guests till about 12 midnight Only journalists, armed security men, protocol officers and band boys of a musical group  contracted to perform at the ceremony were present, as at 11pm. Those conspicuously absent at the valedictory dinner were members of the state House of Assembly and political appointees of the governor, commissioners and permanent secretaries. The development made food and drinks meant for the entertainment of guests to be wasted. A Government ...