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The Ogun State government has announced a relaxation of the lockdown it imposed a week ago. Governor Dapo Abiodun disclosed this in a statement, adding that it was not a full re-opening of the economy but a mere easing of the lockdown which would allow residents more time to conduct their businesses. “Relaxation windows will now be observed on all 5 working days (Monday to Friday), but the FG-directed curfew from 8pm (night) to 6am...

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The Kogi state government has rejected the COVID-19 result published by the National Centre For Disease Control (NDCD), saying the state has recorded no case. In a statement, Saka Haruna Audu, Kogi health commissioner, stated that the state has developed “full testing capacity” and “conducted hundreds of tests” which have come back negative. “Kogi State till this very moment is Covid-19 free. We have developed the full testing capacity and have conducted hundreds of tests...

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The Presidential Task Force On COVID-19 said it is validating three out of numerous claims of COVID-19 local cure. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 disclosed this on Wednesday during the daily briefing of the Task Force. “As a measure of the importance attached to research and development of local capacity for finding a cure to the COVID-19, the Federal Ministry...

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For every COVID-19 test carried out on suspected persons, Lagos, Nigeria’s epicenter of the viral infection with a population of over 20 million, spends between N40,000 and N50,000 ($102.56 – $128.21), Professor Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Commissioner for Health disclosed. The revelation by Prof. Abayomi highlights the magnitude of the burden of the disease and raises questions about the sustainability of the fight against COVID-19. With an estimated population of 200 million and a virus...

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World Health Organization (WHO) has been facing a lot of backlash from around the world for varying degrees of accusations bothering on its inability to meet the expectations of different people across the globe in its efforts managing COVID-19.  The US President has accused the WHO of negligence and failing in its duty to alert the world of the seriousness of coronavirus in Wuhan China despite being fully aware of the danger it then poses...

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HARTFORD, Conn. — The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality that more Americans have died from the virus than from the Vietnam and Korean wars combined. “It’s a striking reminder of how dangerous this virus can be,” said Josh Michaud, associate director of global health policy with the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington. The once-unthinkable toll...

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Nigeria on Wednesday reported 389 new confirmed new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of confirmed infections in the country to 8,733. NAN reports that the figure is the highest daily cases so far reported since the beginning of the outbreak in the country. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on its official twitter handle, said that five deaths were also recorded. The NCDC says one new state, Kogi, has reported a case in the last...

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has announced that it is giving a one-year moratorium on all principal repayments for COVID-19 intervention loans. This is done through its participating Other Financial Institutions (OFIs) taking effect from March 1, 2020. This was made known on Wednesday, in a circular signed by the Director, Finance Police, and Regulation Department, Kelvin Amugo. The circular also stated that as part of the continued efforts of the apex bank to mitigate...

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Some children on Wednesday urged government at all levels to give increased attention to their well-being especially in the areas of welfare, health and education. The children, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, stated that if supported and encouraged, they would make their families and the nation proud. They said that though they might not understand all the intricacies of COVID-19, they hoped the situation would be addressed to enable...

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Kano State Government says it will enroll the over 1,000 repatriated Almajiri school children into formal schools in line with its free and compulsory education policy. “Every child in Kano state, including Almajiri must go to school,” Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje said on Wednesday during media briefing by the State Task Force on COVID-19, held at the Government House, Kano. According to him, the government had concluded plans to incorporate the children into conventional schools to...