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  • COVID-19: UN donates medical equipment to Nigeria

The United Nations has donated €80,000 (N32.5m) worth of medical equipment and supplies to Nigeria to assist in the fight against coronavirus.

  • FG asks INEC for 100 pick-up vans to trace contacts

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday said the Presidential Task Force had requested about 100 pick-up vans from the commission’s fleet to be deployed for contact tracing, surveillance/laboratory and infection prevention/control in six states and the Federal Capital Territory.

  • Chinese medical team to arrive in Nigeria soon — Health minister

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Friday, said that Chinese doctors, nurses and medical experts would arrive in Nigeria in a few days to assist in the fight against COVID-19.

  • COVID-19: Imo state inaugurates isolation, testing centres

Imo State now has six Isolation centres, 28 Ambulances, an operational test and treatment centre, A molecular laboratory and well trained medical experts to prepare for any outbreak of the Coronavirus.

  • Behave yourselves or lockdown will be extended, minister warns Nigerians

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Friday, said the Federal Government could extend the 14-day lockdown should Lagosians and residents of Abuja and Ogun State not behave themselves.

  • FG plans 1,500 tests daily, Oyo, Edo decry kit shortage

The Federal Government on Tuesday said by next week, Nigeria would be testing 1,500 people for COVID-19 every day.

  • COVID-19: Security Agencies must uphold human rights- Amnesty Int’l

The Nigerian authorities must adopt a rights-respecting approach and give clear instructions to security agencies not to abuse their powers as the nation tightens its effort to tame the COVID-19 pandemic, which compelled the authorities to impose lockdown and inter-state movement restrictions, Amnesty International said today.

  • Aregbesola, AGF meet on decongesting correctional facilities

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has held a meeting with the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Chief Judge of FCT, Justice I.U Bello and other government officials.

  • COVID-19: Global cases exceed 1 million

More than 1 million people have been infected and at least 53,000 have died in more than 170 countries.

  • Queen Elizabeth II to address the Commonwealth over coronavirus

Queen Elizabeth will make an extremely rare address to the nation on Sunday as Britain grapples with the increasingly deadly coronavirus outbreak.

  • China to hold national mourning for coronavirus victims

China will hold a national mourning event on Saturday to commemorate those who died in its fight against the deadly coronavirus, including 14 frontline workers.

  • Google to publish user location data to help tackle coronavirus

Google will publish location data from its users around the world from Friday to allow governments to gauge the effectiveness of social distancing measures put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the tech giant said.

  • Sumo tournaments postponed as Japan coronavirus cases spread

Two sumo tournaments scheduled for later this year have been postponed, the Japan Sumo Association said Friday, the latest sporting events to fall victim to the coronavirus spreading in Japan.

  • Edinburgh arts festival cancelled due to coronavirus

Edinburgh’s international festivals were cancelled for the first time in 70 years on Wednesday due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers said.

  • [COVID-19] Nigerian doctor, 68-year-old dies in the UK

Nigeria born doctor, Alfa Sa’adu, who lives in the United Kingdom, has died of the coronavirus.

  • COVID-19: Families can’t claim corpses for burial – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said families of coronavirus victims would not be allowed to claim their remains for burial.

  • Nigerians share self-cure for coronavirus via WhatsApp – Lai

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the spike in fake news and misinformation, despite repeated caution by the government, is distracting the fight against coronavirus.

  • Sanwo-Olu, wife test negative for coronavirus

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his wife, Joke, have tested negative for coronavirus.

  • BUHARI ORDERS PROMPT PAYMENT OF SALARIES FOR CIVIL SERVANTS

President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning to ensure that Nigerian civil servants get their salaries paid promptly.

  • Reps ask Gbajabiamila to send their salaries to states

The Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the House of Representatives has urged the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, and his colleagues in leadership, to send salaries donated towards the fight against coronavirus; directly to states instead of the federal purse.

  • COVID19 – SERAP asks FG to account for funds

Still, on COVID 19, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Federal Government to publish weekly details of exact funds and other resources allocated by the authorities and received from the private sector, as well as details of use and planned use of any such funds and resources to combat the spread of coronavirus (or COVID-19) in Nigeria.

  • RSF launches “Tracker-19” to monitor impact of COVID-19 on journalism

The press freedom NGO, Reporters Without Borders, is launching a tool for monitoring an unprecedented global crisis called “Tracker 19”.

  • VP Osinbajo chairs NEC Special Committee on COVID-19

The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo today chaired the NEC Special Committee on COVID-19.

  • COVID-19: Taraba closes markets, bans public gathering

Taraba State Governor, Mr. Darius Ishaku, on Wednesday, announced the closure of markets and restriction of gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • World faces food crisis in wake of coronavirus – UN, WTO

The heads of three global agencies warned Wednesday of the risk of a worldwide “food shortage” if authorities fail to manage the ongoing coronavirus crisis properly.

  • Delta state Gov suspends Movement within and out of Delta

Exercising the powers conferred on him by the Delta State Public Health Law; Section 8 of the Quarantine Act of 2004; and the Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulation of 2020, yesterday, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has announced the suspension of movement within and outside the state.

  • Beijing 2022 Olympics face ‘special situation’ after Tokyo delay

Beijing 2022 organisers said they face “a special situation” after the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics means less than six months between the Summer and Winter Games.

  • Juve may sell Ronaldo

Juventus are reportedly considering selling star man Cristiano Ronaldo in order to raise cash for life after coronavirus.

  • Former President of Marseille, Pape Diouf dies of COVID-19

Former Olympique de Marseille president Pape Diouf died of coronavirus contamination. According to AFP, a family source confirmed the information, which was also provided by Senegal’s RTS channel.

  • Obasanjo, ex-African leaders demand action against COVID-19 spread

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and 11 other African leaders on Tuesday called on the African Union, United Nations and World Bank to help combat the spread of coronavirus in Africa.

  • Union of petroleum and gas workers threaten strike (NUPENG)

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers has threatened to embark on strike within the next 48 hours if the management of the Port Harcourt Refinery Company fails to withdraw the decision to sack over 175 casual workers who are its members.

  • Neymar makes £775,000 donation to fight COVID-19

Neymar has been revealed as the anonymous donor who gave 5 million Brazilian real (£775,000/$950,000) to charity to fight coronavirus.