Man City’s Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has tested positive for coronavirus, the Premier League club announced on Monday, hours ahead of their first match of the new campaign.The Germany international is now in self-isolation as the club prepare to play Wolves at Molineux.“Ilkay is now observing a 10-day period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League[...]

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WHO endorses protocol for coronavirus herbal medicine trials

The World Health Organization (WHO) endorsed Saturday a protocol for testing African herbal medicines as potential treatments for the coronavirus and other epidemics.Covid-19 has raised the issue of using traditional medicines to battle contemporary diseases, and the endorsement clearly encouraged testing with criteria similar to those used for molecules developed by labs in Asia, Europe[...]

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COVID-19: Lagos Govt reopens cinemas, gyms

The Lagos State Government has permitted the reopening of cinemas and gyms, with a maximum of 33 per cent occupancy.Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this during the 18th update on the management of coronavirus in the state.Sanwo-Olu said that in October, the state government would announce the decisions regarding the reopening of other sectors of the[...]

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China testing 11 COVID-19 vaccines, 4 undergoing stage 3 trials

China is conducting clinical trials of 11 vaccines against the coronavirus disease, four of which are in phase 3, the country’s Science and Technology Minister Wang Zhigang said on Friday.“At the moment, 11 vaccines have entered the phase of clinical trials, four of them are already in phase 3,” Wang said while speaking at the[...]

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15 states to benefit from COVID-19 education incentive – NEC

The National Economic Council (NEC) says 15 states have qualified to benefit from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) funding for education as part of measures to cushion the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the sector.Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State disclosed this while virtually briefing State House correspondents after the virtual NEC meeting presided[...]

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COVID-19: FG mandates schools to conduct weekly assessments

As the nation prepares for the reopening of schools, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, has mandated schools to carry out weekly risk assessments while states and local governments are to conduct monthly and quarterly risk assessments.Mrs Elsie Ilori, Head, Department of Surveillance and Epidemiology, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, announced this on Thursday[...]

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India to have COVID-19 vaccine by early 2021 – Minister

Indian Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday that India would have a vaccine against the coronavirus disease by early next year.“We are expecting that our country will have COVID vaccine by the early next year,” Vardhan said in a statement to the Parliament.The health official added that India was developing its[...]

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South Africa to ‘cautiously’ reopen borders as lockdown eases

South Africa will reopen its borders to most countries next month, the president said Wednesday, part of a wider easing of anti-coronavirus measures announced as figures continue to improve.The continent’s most industrialised economy shuttered its borders at the start of a strict nationwide lockdown on March 27 to limit the spread of the virus.Restrictions on[...]

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Bill Gates touts Pfizer’s vaccine as most likely to get emergency approval

Bill Gates says Pfizer has the best chance of seeking emergency approval for a coronavirus vaccine by next month even though he thinks such an aggressive timeline is unlikely.“The only vaccine that if everything went perfectly, might seek the emergency use license by the end of October, would be Pfizer,” the billionaire tech tycoon-turned-philanthropist told[...]

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Pakistani students return to school as COVID-19 caseload drops

Tens of thousands of students in Pakistan returned to educational institutions on Tuesday after a six-month break, as the country’s new coronavirus caseload continues to decline.Universities and colleges reopened and school classes for the ninth and 10th grade restarted in the first phase of a three-stage plan announced by the the government earlier this month.School[...]

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438 COVID-19 active cases yet to turn up for treatment

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, says 438 active cases of COVID-19 in Lagos communities were yet to turn up for treatment in the state’s COVID-19 care centres.Abayomi made the disclosure through his Twitter account, @ProfAkinAbayomi, on Tuesday while giving the state’s COVID-19 update for Sept.12.He said that 48 new COVID-19 infections[...]

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Oxford, AstraZeneca to resume COVID-19 vaccine trials

Oxford University announced Saturday it was resuming a trial for a coronavirus vaccine it is developing with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, a move that comes days after the study was suspended following a reported side-effect in a U.K. patient.In a statement, the university confirmed the restart across all of its U.K. clinical trial sites after regulators[...]

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We have made progress in fight against COVID-19 ― Delta Govt

Delta State Government said it has made reasonable progress in the fight against the ravaging coronavirus, announcing the reopening of cinemas, film Houses, eateries and hotel restaurants in the State.The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu who stated this during a press conference in Asaba, however, said cinemas and other hotel restaurants should operate[...]

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10% COVID-19 cases in Nigeria are children – Health minister

The Minister of State, Health, Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, says 10 per cent of positive COVID-19 cases are children and adolescents with more than half of them in the age bracket of 10-18 years.Mamora disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing, as the country prepares to reopen schools.This was[...]

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Edo, Ondo Election: INEC to deploy 3,000 thermometers

The Chairman, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, on Thursday said the commission would deploy 3,000 infrared thermometers for Edo and Ondo States governorship elections.Yakubu said this at his first appearance at Presidential Task Force (PTF), on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja.He said, while speaking on INEC preparations for the two states’ governorship elections that[...]

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France records highest daily coronavirus infections with 10,000 cases

French health authorities recorded the highest daily increase in coronavirus infections since the beginning of the pandemic, as the government considers further measures to stop the virus’ spread.On Thursday night, 9,843 new cases were announced from the previous 24 hours, the AFP news agency reported, citing the health ministry.The government is set to discuss further[...]

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WHO says over 30 COVID-19 vaccines undergoing clinical trials

More than 30 vaccines against COVID-19 are currently undergoing clinical trials in different countries, including in Russia, and this is very encouraging, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) spokeswoman in Russia, Melita Vujnovic, said.“WHO is encouraged by the fact that more than 30 candidate vaccines are currently undergoing various stages of clinical trials, including in the[...]

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Nigeria can avoid second wave of COVID-19 infection if…

Nigeria can avoid a second wave of COVID-19 infection if all citizens adhere strictly to safety protocols, Dr Gabriel Adakole, a Public Health expert, has said.Adakole, an Abuja-based Public Health expert, gave the suggestion in an interview with a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, in Abuja.”With sustained cooperation from Nigerians,[...]

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COVID-19: Morocco locks down Casablanca, shuts schools

Morocco imposed a lockdown on Casablanca and shut its schools Monday, the day they were supposed to reopen after summer, in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19. The new measures, which include restrictions on movement and a night-time curfew, would be in place for two weeks in the commercial capital, the authorities said[...]

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N30.5bn spent on COVID-19 in four months, says FG

The Federal Government says it spent N30.5 billion on efforts to curtail COVID-19 between April and July this year.The Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, who disclosed this, said the amount represented 84 per cent of the N36.3bn public funds and donations received by the Federal Government to tackle the pandemic.He said there was[...]

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