Somalia reports first coronavirus death

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7 discharged as they recover from Coronavirus

Seven Nigerians have been discharged from the Isolation Center in Lagos State. The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this via his Twitter account. He said: "Good people of Lagos, I bring you awesome news from IDH, Yaba, which is as a testament to our resolve to overcome the lethal COVID19 pandemic ravaging the world.[...]

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SOFT CELL: Ronaldinho under house arrest after release from prison

Brazil and Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has been released from a Paraguayan prison after a month inside. The World Cup winner was jailed along with his brother in early March after entering the South American country with an illegal passport. Ronaldinho will remain under house arrest and will live in a hotel in the Paraguayan capital,[...]

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Lufthansa losing 1 mn euros per hour, will need state aid: CEO

Lufthansa is losing a million euros ($1.1 million) per hour as the coronavirus pandemic paralyses travel, CEO Carsten Spohr said, warning that the German airline giant would need state aid to survive. “We are losing about a million euros in liquidity reserves per hour. Day and night. Week by week,” Spohr said in a video[...]

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Ndidi still most valuable Nigerian footballer, despite N3.7bn drop in value

Several players, including the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane, have seen their market values drop because of what football is going through at the moment owing to the coronavirus pandemic.Nigerian players were not left out of the negative market value changes published by Transfermarkt on Wednesday, April 8. Although Wilfred[...]

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COVID-19: FG grants amnesty to 2,600 prisoners

The Federal Government on Thursday granted amnesty to no fewer than 2,600 inmates as part of measures to decongest prison facilities in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed this at an ongoing press conference at the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Abuja.He said at least 70 inmates,[...]

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We’ve not postponed SSCE, basic education exams –NECO

The National Examinations Council has said it has not postponed the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination and Basic Education Certificate Examination due to the coronavirus pandemic.The council said it was studying the prevailing situation in the country and would postpone the exams if there was any need.Both the SSCE and BECE usually take place around[...]

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Nigerians abroad must test negative for COVID-19 before evacuation — FG

The Federal Government has said Nigerians abroad, who wish to be evacuated, must test negative for the coronavirus.This was contained in a form entitled: “COVID-19 Application Form for Nigerians who want to return home” on the website of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM.The form states that anyone who intends to return “must get tested[...]

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COVID-19: Conducting mass tests not feasible now – FG

The Federal Government has said that conducting mass testing for Coronavirus in Nigeria would not be feasible now given the nation’s over 200 million population. Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen after the arrival of the Chinese experts and some equipment in Abuja on Wednesday.He said that government was[...]

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Somalia reports first coronavirus death

Somalia on Wednesday reported its first death of a patient suffering from COVID-19 and also said transmission was occurring among people who had no history of foreign travel.Though the Horn of Africa country officially has just 12 positive cases, Wednesday’s announcement highlights concerns that the coronavirus may in fact be more widespread and could soon[...]

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Treasury House on Fire

The Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation is currently up in flames.The building, tagged “Treasury House” is located beside the Federal Capital Territory FCT Police Command in Garki, Abuja. The cause of the fire was not immediately known even as workers are currently at home observing.However, a combined team of men of the Federal[...]

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R. Kelly loses bid to leave jail amid coronavirus pandemic

R. Kelly will have to stay trapped in the lockup while he awaits trials on charges of racketeering, sex trafficking and child pornography, a judge ruled Tuesday.The 53-year-old R&B icon filed requests with federal judges in the Windy City and Brooklyn to spring him from Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, arguing that both his age and[...]

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey pledges $1B to fight coronavirus

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday pledged $1 billion toward coronavirus relief efforts — representing 28 percent of his wealth.In a series of tweets, Dorsey said that the ten-figure sum would come out of his stake in Square, the payments processor he co-founded, rather than his Twitter shares.“I own a lot more Square,” Dorsey explained[...]

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South Africa’s minister who flouted lockdown rules sent on leave

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday placed on special leave a minister seen lunching at a friend’s house in violation of the coronavirus lockdown.Ramaphosa has ordered a three-week national lockdown to try to break the virus, which has infected 1,749 people, killing 13 of them, according to an official tally.But a picture posted on[...]

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Chinese doctors arrive today, to spend one month

Despite opposition by the Nigerian Medical Association, the visiting 15-member medical team from China will arrive the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on a chattered Air Peace aircraft on Wednesday (today).The personnel, who are experts in infectious diseases, respiratory illness, intensive care, cardiology, neurology, general surgery and anesthesiology, will be coming with their drugs, and[...]

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COVID-19: World Bank supports Nigeria with N31.2bn

THE World Bank has announced N31.2 billion ($82 million) to support Nigeria’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.Announcing the support in a statement, the bank said it is moving quickly to provide fast and flexible support to help Nigeria and other African countries in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing direct and long-term[...]

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La Liga targets May 28 resumption date

La Liga could resume as early as May 28, 2020, in the best-case scenario as the league discusses its options, says its president Javier Tebas.No Spanish side has played a competitive game since 11 March, when Atletico Madrid knocked holders Liverpool out of the Champions League.Tebas says training will not return until emergency measures –[...]

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Czech coronavirus cases top 5,000 but growth slows

The number of cases of the new coronavirus in the Czech Republic has risen past 5,000, although a slowing growth rate has given the government confidence to start easing some lockdown measures that have hit the economy. The Health Ministry on Wednesday reported 195 new cases the previous day, a 4.0% daily rise to bring[...]

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Tyson Fury mocks Anthony Joshua, other rivals

Tyson Fury has taken to Instagram to taunt his four main heavyweight rivals, Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte and Andy Ruiz Jr.The ‘Gypsy King’ currently stands alone as the only man in the top five with an unbeaten record and decided to boast about this fact on Tuesday Fury posted an image of himself[...]

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1,739 foreigners evacuated from Nigeria

Regional Manager, South West Airport, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mrs Victoria Shin-Aba yesterday, disclosed that about 1,739 foreigners have so far been evacuated from Nigeria through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, since the evacuation exercise commenced about 10 days ago.This came as Delta Airlines yesterday evacuated 200 Americans through the Lagos[...]

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