COVID -19: Pauline Tallen self isolates as test returns positive

Minister of women affairs, Pauline Tallen proceeded on self-isolation as she tested positive for Coronavirus in Abuja.In a statement issued last Sunday, she disclosed that the following interaction with individuals who later showed signs of COVID-19, she was advised by her medical team to undergo a test and self-isolate for observation over a few days.Her[...]

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China confirms first case of UK COVID-19 variant

China has confirmed its first case of a new coronavirus variant that was recently detected in Britain, health officials said.The new strain, which experts say potentially spreads faster than the original variant, has prompted travel restrictions on the UK by more than 50 countries — including China, where the coronavirus first emerged late last year.The[...]

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Ban on crossover vigil not anti-Christian —Ondo COVID-19 Committee

The Ondo State Inter-ministerial Committee on COVID-19 has said the decision of the government to place a ban on crossover vigil across the state was not about religion nor targeted at Christianity.The committee said the decision was aimed at strengthening public safety and strongly prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state.The Chairman of the[...]

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US Congressman-elect Letlow dies of COVID-19

A newly elected US congressman, Luke Letlow, has died shortly after testing positive for COVID-19.A Wednesday post on the Republican politician’s Facebook page read: “Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, passed away this evening at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport due to complications from COVID-19.”The 41-year-old was admitted to the hospital on December 19 after testing positive.Three days later[...]

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Two FCT doctors die of COVID-19

Two more doctors have succumbed to the coronavirus in the Federal Capital Territory in the past two weeks, the FCT Administration has disclosed.It explained that a female doctor with the Gwarimpa General hospital, passed on two weeks ago while a private medical doctor died last week, bringing the total of doctors lost to the virus[...]

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Cross-over services: CAN directs Lagos churches to close by 11pm

The Lagos State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has directed all churches in the state to close their cross-over services by 11 pm on December 31, 2020.The directive is contained in a statement signed by the Lagos State CAN chairman, Bishop Steven Adegbite.It would be recalled that the Lagos State Government had ordered[...]

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COVID-19: South Africa passes one million infections as cases surge

South Africa has become the first country on the continent to register more than one million COVID-19 cases.It comes just days after authorities confirmed that a new, faster-spreading, coronavirus variant had been detected.Some hospitals and medical centres have reported a huge rise in admissions, putting a heavy strain on resources.President Cyril Ramaphosa is widely expected[...]

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Women Affairs Minister, Pauline Tallen tests positive for COVID-19

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has tested positive for COVID-19 after a routine test conducted on her and members of the family.According to a post on her Twitter handle @PaulineKTallen, the minister said she was asymptomatic but was advised to go for the test.The tweet stated: “Following interaction with individuals that later[...]

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Turkmenistan’s president claims licorice can cure COVID-19

Well-known for his baffling botanical pronouncements, Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov claimed Saturday that licorice could cure coronavirus, the latest supposed miracle cure in a country still claiming zero cases.“Scientists from every country are looking for effective cures, running various studies, and one of them could be licorice root,” the leader of the authoritarian ex-Soviet country[...]

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COVID-19: Couples must obtain clearance to hold weddings, says Lagos

The Lagos State Government has made it mandatory for prospective couples to obtain clearance from the state government to hold weddings with 300 people in attendance.This was contained in a notice by the state government on Friday, titled, ‘Stay At Home’.“Weddings and social gatherings must not exceed 300 people with prior clearance from the Lagos[...]

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COVID-19: Task force clears Abuja recreational spots of fun seekers

Following the violation of its decision to shut down recreational spots in the territory, the Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA on Friday cleared some of the parks of fun seekers who had trooped into them as part of the Christmas celebrations.Some of the parks where fun seekers were sent out by the FCT Ministerial Enforcement[...]

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COVID-19: Don’t host, attend Christmas events, Sanwo-Olu urges Lagosians

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged Lagosians to give up all gatherings associated with Christmas celebrations.The governor, in a message to Lagosians on Christmas Day, said the restraint was necessary to curb the spread of the coronavirus amid the second wave of the pandemic.Sanwo-Olu, who just recovered from the novel virus, said, “I wish[...]

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Malian opposition leader, Cisse, dies of Covid-19

Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse has died of coronavirus aged 71, his family and party said Friday, after being held hostage for six months by jihadists earlier this year.Cisse “died in France, where he had been taken for Covid-19 care,” a member of his family told AFP.“I can confirm this terrible news. He’s dead,” a[...]

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COVID-19: Buhari cancels Christmas homage

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, said he would not host dignitaries to the usual Christmas homage this year.The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, announced this in a statement titled “President Buhari cancels Christmas homage.”The usual practice is that the sitting Vice President and Minister[...]

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Lalong recovers from COVID-19

Barely one week after testing positive for COVID-19, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has recovered from the virus.The spokesman for the Governor, Dr Macham Makut, confirmed his recovery in a statement in Jos on Thursday.Makut said, “The governor is now free of the disease after his latest test returned negative. The Governor’s negative status[...]

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China suspends UK flights over new virus strain

China on Thursday suspended flights to and from Britain after it reported a new, more infectious strain of the coronavirus.China has largely curbed the spread of Covid-19 within its borders, but authorities remain highly vigilant about the threat of “imported” virus cases.“Given the exceptional nature of the virus mutation and its potential impact … China[...]

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India’s COVID-19 tally rises to over 10.1 million

India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,123,778 on Thursday as 24,712 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, latest data from the Federal Health Ministry indicates.According to the data, the death toll mounted to 146,756 with 312 more deaths.There are still 283,849 active cases in the country, while 9,693,173 people have been discharged from[...]

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Obaze, PDP gov. candidate in Anambra tests positive for COVID-19

Mr Oseloka Obaze, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in 2017 Anambra election, has tested positive for the coronavirus disease.Obaze, also a former Secretary to Anambra Government (SSG), announced COVID-19 status in a statement on Thursday in Awka.He said he went for a pre-travel test and the result showed he was positive for the[...]

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Nigerians may be unwilling to receive Covid vaccine –PTF

With the rollout of the Covid vaccine by leading pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer and Moderna, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said Nigerians may be reluctant to receive shots of the vaccines.Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, had recently said Nigeria is expected to take delivery of Covid vaccines by January 2021.Speaking on Wednesday, PTF[...]

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Second wave: Kwara declares partial lockdown

Kwara state government has imposed another lockdown in the state from 12 midnight to 4 am with effect from Thursday, December 24, 2020.The lockdown was contained in the new guidelines on COVID-19 issued on Wednesday by the state Technical Committee on COVID-19.Addressing a press conference in Ilorin, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Rasaq[...]

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UK COVID-19 strain found in Belgium

Belgium recorded four cases of the mutant coronavirus variant sweeping Britain at the start of December, health officials told AFP Tuesday. The four cases were uncovered at the start of the month in the country’s northern Flemish regions that border the Netherlands, said Jan Eyckmans, spokesman for Belgium’s health minister. A spokesman for the national[...]

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COVID-19: Osun bans youth carnival, New Year rallies

As part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Osun government has announced a ban on youth carnival as well as New Year rallies and ceremonies in the state.The government also directed social clubs, hotels, departmental stores, supermarkets, event centres, and allied centres in the state to henceforth operate at half capacities.A statement[...]

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COVID-19: Comply with airport clearance procedures, NIS tells travellers

The Nigeria Immigration Service has appealed to travellers to comply with the clearance procedures at the airports to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.The appeal was contained in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja by NIS Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday James.In the statement, the NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, commended the Comptroller of[...]

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COVID-19: Germany extends entry ban on Britons, South Africans

Germany on Tuesday extended a ban on arrivals from Britain and South Africa until January 6 after a new more infectious coronavirus strain appeared in the two countries.“The transport ban covers passenger traffic by train, bus, ship and flights directly from these countries,” the health ministry said in a statement. “The order covers the period[...]

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