Covid-19: Nigerian govt begins prison decongestion across the country

As part of efforts to decongest Nigerian prisons, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, granted presidential pardon to 2,600 inmates nationwide. The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said this at a press conference on Abuja. He said after the release of the first phase, the committee would continue to meet regularly to consider those who deserve[...]

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Okonjo Iweala clinches IMF Job

Nigeria’s former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was on Friday named a member of the External Advisory Group constituted by the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva. The group of prominent individuals from around the world are to serve as the IMF chief’s special advisers that would provide insights to enhance the[...]

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5G not spreading coronavirus – WHO

The World Health Organisation says that viruses cannot travel on radio waves or mobile networks, saying COVID-19 is a respiratory disease.WHO through a statement on Friday, debunked the myth, adding that COVID-19 was spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks.“People can also be infected by touching a contaminated surface and[...]

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COVID-19: Football will not resume until things are 100% safe – FIFA

FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Friday said that “no match” is worth “risking a single human life” and that world football’s governing body would be able to help financially national federations during the coronavirus pandemic.The majority of top football leagues and international competitions have been suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Infantino insisted that games would[...]

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World Bank predicts sharp fall in Nigeria’s GDP

The World Bank has predicted a sharp fall in Nigeria’s real gross domestic product growth as countries in sub-Saharan Africa head towards recession as a result of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.The latest edition of Africa’s Pulse, the World Bank’s twice-yearly economic update for the region, said COVID-19 was driving sub-Saharan Africa towards the first recession[...]

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91 recovered patients test positive for COVID-19 again – KCDC

More than 90 people who fully recovered from the novel coronavirus have tested positive for COVID-19 again, health authorities Seoul said on Friday.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a total of 91 people had tested positive for the new coronavirus after they were released from quarantine.KCDC Director-General Jeong Eun-kyeong said a viral[...]

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Coronavirus patient dies in Delta

The Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday night, announced the death of a coronavirus patient in the state.This was contained in a press statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Friday in Asaba.He stated that the deceased had underlying health issues and had visited Lagos in the past[...]

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Easter: Akwa Ibom relaxes lockdown for two days over COVID-19

Akwa Ibom state government has reiterated that the restriction of movement put in place because of the ravaging COVID-19 infectious disease was still in operations, adding that it would, however, allow movement for only Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The Commissioner of Information, Mr. Charles Udoh who disclosed this in a statement made available to[...]

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Neymar’s £600,000 per week salary may be cut by half

Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star Neymar could see his salary slashed by 50 per cent as French football attempts to come to terms with the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic, according to ESPN.The French leagues and their respective clubs have been hit badly since the coronavirus forced games to be suspended indefinitely, with TV[...]

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COVID-19: FCT places doctors on ₦50,000 daily allowance

Federal Capital Territory FCT Administration has increased the daily hazard allowances of medical doctors to ₦50, 000, even as it said it was targeting 600, 000 residents for its Palliatives.At a news conference in Abuja, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, said the Administration will intensify efforts to ensure that residents comply fully with the[...]

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Moon, Bill Gates agree on coronavirus vaccines, treatment in phone talks

President Moon Jae-in and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates agreed on Friday to expand cooperation in efforts to develop vaccines and treatments against the new coronavirus during their phone talks, Cheong Wa Dae said.In their 25-minute conversation, made at Gates’ request, they focused on ways to tackle COVID-19 sweeping through the world. Leading the Bill and[...]

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Andy Murray signs up for virtual Madrid Open

Andy Murray will swap his racquet for a controller after he signed up to compete in a virtual version of the Madrid Open at the end of the month. Sixteen men and 16 women will take part in a four-day online tournament from the comfort and safety of their own homes after the real event[...]

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