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ABUJA — The Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC), Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 Omicron variant in the country. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had labelled the new variant a Variant of Concern (VOC) after it was seen to be more transmissible with increased risk of re-infection. A statement signed by the Director-General said the two cases were discovered through genomic sequencing. Adetifa said the cases were detected in two...

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The World Bank said in its latest report titled ‘COVID-19 in Nigeria: Frontline Data and Pathways for Policy’ that additional six million Nigerians may be pushed into poverty due to the increase in food prices. The World Bank lamented that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought Nigerian households’ food security under threat, and therefore, called on the government’s attention for short-term policies to support welfare. The report reads: “The rise in prices witnessed...

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The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele says about N3trillion has been distributed to families, farmers, and companies to cushion the COVID-19 impact. He stated this in an interview with Arise TV at the 2021 Intra-African Trade Fair in Durban, South Africa. “Between 2020 and now, our data shows that we have disbursed at least N2trillion, almost N3trillion in loans to households, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, smallholder farmers, pharmaceuticals, and health institutions....

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The World Health Organization unveiled Wednesday a team of scientists it wants to investigate new pathogens and preventing future pandemics — plus reviving the stalled probe into Covid-19’s origins. The group of 26 experts will be charged with producing a new global framework for studies into the origins of emerging pathogens of epidemic and pandemic potential — and their remit includes SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 disease. Besides the Covid-19 crisis, a growing number...

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The United Kingdom has announced that fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria to England will not need to take a pre-departure test, undertake a day 8 test, or self-isolate for 10 days as previously required, with effect from Monday, October 11. This policy, it said, applies to those fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (including Covidshield), Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson. In a statement on Thursday titled, ‘UK changes travel rules for fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria,’...

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LAGOS —  The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says there is no directive yet banning travellers without proof of vaccination from traveling both local and international flights. Mr. Sam Adurogboye, the General Manager, Public Relations of the authority said this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday. According to him, this is contrary to claims in some local tabloids and social media that the Federal Government through NCAA had given a directive that from Dec....

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ABUJA — The federal government has said reports of corrupt airport officials who help travelers evade Covid requirements are currently been investigated. Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), disclosed this on Monday during the national briefing of the presidential steering committee (PSC) on COVID-19. Mustapha stated that the government is aware of reports that accuse some officials of taking bribes from travelers and help them escape dealing with the quarantine requirements....

ABUJA — The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), has urged Nigerians to report any unvaccinated person trying to procure a vaccination card. Faisal Shuaib, executive director of the NPHCDA, made this appeal at a briefing in Abuja on Tuesday. Shuaib stated that the agency is aware that some health workers are involved in the sale of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards and is working to ensure that they are brought to book. He noted that...

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BENIN — The Edo state government has said unvaccinated civil servants will be denied entry into government offices from Wednesday. Osamwonyi Irowa, permanent secretary, Edo ministry of health disclosed this on Tuesday. He stated that only those with the Covid-19 vaccination card will be allowed access to government facilities. Irowa asserted that this is the first phase of its enforcement of restrictions on large public gatherings for persons without evidence of COVID-19 vaccination. “If you...

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On the basis that the covid situation has improved in Asia, the federal government has removed India from its list of flagged countries. Four months ago, the FG banned travellers from India and also those from Turkey and Brazil from visiting the country over the high surge of Covid-19 infection. But on Monday, Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), declared that the situation in the Asian country is better. Mustapha said...

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