Coronavirus may spread through normal breathing, US top Scientist warns

The new Coronavirus might spread through the air via normal breathing and speaking, a top US scientist said Friday as the government was poised to recommend the use of face masks for everyone. Anthony Fauci, head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told Fox News the guidance on masks would be changed “because of some recent information that the virus can actually be spread even when people just speak, as opposed to coughing and sneezing.” As it stands, the official advice is that only sick people need…

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Kaduna relaxes restriction for residents to stock food

The Kaduna State government has relaxed its restriction order for about 34 hours to allow residents to stock food and other essentials at home. The Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, announced that the exercise will be between 3 pm Wednesday and 12 midnight of 2nd April 2020. El-Rufai made this pronouncement via his Twitter handle explaining that the restriction will be relaxed every Tuesday and Wednesday. “The Kaduna State Government has decided to temporarily relax the restriction of movement, from 3 pm today to 12 midnight, tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd April…

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FG begins disbursement of N20,000 to vulnerable households

The Nigerian Government on Wednesday commenced the distribution of N20,000 relief fund to vulnerable households in Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadia Umar-Farouk, said exercise would continue for the next four months. She added that the relief fund was being distributed in line with the announcement made by President Muhammadu Buhari during his nationwide broadcast on Sunday. Farouq disclosed that the N20,000 would be given to each person in vulnerable households as palliative to mitigate the effect of…

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Coronavirus deaths hit 35,000 worldwide

More than 35,000 people have died worldwide from the coronavirus pandemic since it emerged late last year in China, most of them in Europe, according to an AFP tally at 1615 GMT Monday using official figures. In total, 35,905 people have died, including 26,076 in Europe. Italy has the most deaths with 11,591, following by Spain with 7,340 and China with 3,304. More than 740,00 cases have been officially detected in 183 countries and territories, including at least 408,203 in Europe, almost 150,000 in the United States and Canada with…

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COVID-19 lockdown: Your ID card is your pass, minister tells journalists

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Monday, told journalists in states affected by the total lockdown over COVID-19 to use their identity, ID, card for easy movement. A statement in Abuja by Segun Adeyemi, Special Assistant to the President, Office of the Minister of Information and Culture, advised all working journalists and other media staff in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to use their ID cards as pass. It stated that journalists “have been advised to use their valid Identity Cards to access…

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Publish weekly spending details on COVID-19 pandemic funds or we take legal actions – SERAP dares FG

Socio Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has asked the Federal Government to publish weekly details of exact funds being expended and other resources received from the private sector to combat the spread of Coronavirus ( COVID-19) in Nigeria. SERAP also sought from the Federal Government to: “disclose information on the exact number of tests that have been carried out for high-ranking public officials and politicians, the number of any such high-ranking public officials and politicians now in self-isolation or quarantine, as well as the exact number of tests that…

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Buhari locks down Lagos, FCT, Ogun

…sympathises with family of ex-PPMC boss, Achimugu President Muhammadu Buhari has banned the movement of persons in and out of Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT and Ogun as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. He made the declaration on Sunday evening during a nationwide broadcast. According to the President, the decision was taken because Lagos and the FCT had recorded the most cases of the pandemic in the country due to the international airports in both cities, which had allowed travellers from high risk countries for the virus to…

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Coronavirus cases in Nigeria now 89, as disease spreads

Nigeria has recorded eight new cases of Coronavirus, seven in Lagos State and one in Benue, bringing the total confirmed infections in the country to 89. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC made this known via its Twitter handle on Saturday. For a breakdown of confirmed cases by states in real time, Lagos currently has 59 cases, FCT – three, Ekiti – one, Oyo – three, Edo – two, Bauchi – two, Osun – one, Rivers – one, Enugu – two, and Benue – one. Suleiman Achimugu, former Managing…

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COVID-19: Tackling pandemic challenges require synergy between governments, citizens – Lukman, DG, PGF

The Director General of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Salihu Moh. Lukman has called for Synergy between government and the citizens with a view to ending the dreaded Corona virus pandemic from spreading in Nigeria. Buttressing his views in a press statement made available to news men on in Abuja, Salihu Lukman said: “For us in Nigeria, it is far more serious given citizen’s mindset that the Covid-19 challenge is a problem that government must address. Most commentaries in our media is largely about evaluating what government is doing or not…

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El-Rufai tests positive for Coronavirus

The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, announced on Saturday that he tested positive for Coronavirus. El-Rufai, who disclosed this in a video on Twitter, said he had embarked on self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for anyone not showing symptoms. He appealed to the people of the state to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced. He is the first case of COVID-19 recorded in Kaduna.

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Shutting down population movement will not extinguish spread of disease – WHO

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of World Health Organization, WHO says asking people to stay at home and shutting down population movement is buying time and reducing the pressure on health systems, but on their own, these measures will not extinguish the Coronavirus pandemic. He added that the point of these actions is to enable the more precise and targeted measures that are needed to stop transmission and save lives, while calling on all countries that have introduced so-called “lockdown” measures to use this time to attack the virus. “We…

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Bauchi: Gov’s elder brother kidnapped

By Adamu Shehu, Bauchi Wakili of Bauch, Alhaji Adamu Mohammed has been kidnapped by unknown people at Unguwan Jaki, Kobi Street in Bauchi metropolis. The traditional ruler, popularly known as Yaya Adamu, is also an elder brother to the Bauchi state governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed. While Confirming the incident, the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the governor, Mukhar Gidado says the kidnappers took him away around 7:45 pm at Unguwan Jaki, where he usually rest after the day’s, which he has been observing for over twenty years. According to…

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Court convicts ex-NNPC official over N6bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Kaduna Zonal Office, has secured the conviction of one Abdulkadir Mohammed Salihu, a former sales assistant of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Kaduna Depot. He was arraigned on three-count charge bordering on fraud to the tune of N6bn before Justice B. Abubakar of the Federal High Court in Kaduna State. Salihu, who was in charge of loading manifest at the Kaduna Depot of the NNPC, was arrested on 29th October, 2019 and arraigned on Wednesday (today). He pleaded guilty to the three count charges…

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Bauchi Gov. Cut down Housing deficit, lays foundation stone for 2,500 housing units

By Adamu Shehu, Bauchi In its efforts to cut down housing deficits, the Bauchi state government laid a foundation stone for the construction of 2,500 housing units across the six emirate councils During the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Construction for Housing Units in Collaboration with Family Homes Funds Limited, held at Dungal Village Bauchi State, Governor Bala Mohammed disclosed that the housing project is coming in a period when the state’s demographics have changed dramatically due to internal displacement caused by insurgency as many people within the region came…

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Kadpoly Rector kicks against scrapping of Almajiri

The Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Prof. Idris Bugaje has condemned those calling for the scrapping of Almajiri system of education in the northern part of the country. While calling for an improved system, he emphasised that Almajiri education cannot be scrapped due to its complexity. “It is impossible for the Almajiri system of education to be scrapped. What we can do is to upgrade it,” he said. Bugaje made the remark, yesterday, during the closing ceremony of a capacity building workshop for technical and vocational teachers in Kaduna. Although, he…

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