Kwara Records Two Cases Of COVID-19

 

Kwara State has recorded two cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor …,  confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

“One is the wife of the UITH patient, a UK returnee, who died last Thursday and the other is another UK returnee,” the statement said.

Ajakaye explained that the statement was issued after the government received official confirmation of the results from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Test Centre in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

He added that the governor would address the state on Tuesday to give more details and highlight further measures being taken to tackle COVID-19.

IOC Must Be Commended For Postponing 2020 Olympics – Sunday Dare

 

Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has commended the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Mr Dare, “The IOC must be commended for postponing the Olympics in the best interest of the whole world. This is in response to the general calls across the globe to have it moved to a time when the virus would have abated.

“As much as we were all looking up to the event, the safety and well being of the athletes, officials and fans alike is important.

“We cannot afford to toy with the lives of millions of people around the world. At a time like this, this is the best way to go.”

The Minister affirmed that the IOC cannot stand alone and that it had taken the decision in the best interest of safety of the athletes and their families.

“This decision is an attestation of the fact that the IOC is sensitive and puts premium attention on the safety of people.

“This would douse any fear or tension about going against the consensus which clamoured for a shift in date.

“We believe that once the pandemic is over, the world can come together in unity to celebrate sports biggest fiesta”, he added.

Following calls for the postponement of the games, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abey and IOC President Thomas Bach said at a joint press conference that the decision to move the games to a later date was in the interest of the whole world until the situation returns to normal.

They resolved that the event would remain in Japan and retain the name Tokyo 2020.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics was earlier billed to begin in July 23 and run through August 8th but with the outbreak of the COVID-19, The United States, Canada, Australia and other national Olympic committees had called on the IOC to move the event.

On March 30th, 2020, the organising committee, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the government of Japan via a telephone conference meeting, agreed on the new dates for the games in 2021.

The Olympic 2020 will now be celebrated from July 23 to August 8, 2021. They also agreed on new dates for the Paralympic Games, which will be celebrated from August 24 until September 5, 2021.

Military To Investigate Alleged Killing Of 28-Year-Old Man In Delta

 

The military is set to investigate the alleged shooting of a civilian in Delta State by a soldier involved in the enforcement of the order on the restriction of movement in the state.

Addressing a news conference on Friday in Abuja, the Coordinator of the Directorate of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche confirmed this to journalists.

According to him, the outcome of the investigation on the incident will be made public when completed.

While reaffirming the commitment of the Nigerian Armed Forces to the fight against the scourge of COVID-19 in the nation, Enenche appealed to members of the public to disregard a trending video portraying members of the Armed Forces as brutal people.

His remarks come a day after an unknown soldier has purportedly shot a 28-year-old man dead at Ugbuwangue community in Warri South Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, on the second day of the lockdown directive issued by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

Police authorities in the state confirmed the killing to Channels Television, saying they have commenced an investigation into the incident.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, however, noted that the details of the incident were unclear.

She said, “Yes, it is true. It just happened today, as I was told, and there is not much information yet.”

Earlier, the Commissioner of information in the state, Charles Aniagwu, said the government was worried about the reported incident.

He however asked residents of the state to be calm, decrying the said killing of the victim by security agencies on regular patrol duty.

To Aniagwu, the state government has sent a delegation to the deceased family to condole with them over the loss of their son.

Lagos Govt Shuts Mosque For Violating Ban On Public Gathering

 

Lagos State Government on Thursday shut Agege Central Mosque for violating the order on religious gathering in the fight against Coronavirus pandemic.

The government officials also used the opportunity to disinfect the area.

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on New Media, Gawat Jubril, who shared the pictures of officials shutting the mosque and disinfecting the area, added that the Imam and his members had earlier attacked government officials trying to sensitise them on social distancing.

Worshippers at the mosque in their large numbers were reported to have attacked task force officials who were trying to ensure public gatherings do not exceed 25 people as directed by the state government.

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As part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus, Lagos State government had earlier in March placed a temporary restriction on religious gathering above 50 persons.

The central mosque was eventually shut down indefinitely by the officials of the Agege Local Government Council.

 

Bayelsa Governor Diri Signs Executive Order On COVID-19

Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa

 

Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has signed an Executive Order on COVID-19 measures to contain the spread of the virus in the state.

The bill christened “Bayelsa State Infectious Disease, Emergency Prevention Regulation 2020” was signed on Thursday at the Government House in Yenagoa, the state capital.

The order is designed for the security and public health of residents of the state.

Shortly after signing the executive order, he ordered the closure of all markets except for the sales of essential commodities such as food and medicals.

Other public places affected include event centres, bars, places of worship, public and private educational institutions and other public gatherings except a written approval is obtained from the governor for such gathering.

He also directed the Ministries of Trade, Health, Environment, and the Environmental Sanitation Authority to supervise the restrictions.

Governor Diri further directed all supermarkets in the state to adopt rules of social distancing and ensure that customers are sanitised towards promoting public health.

The Executive Order is in the exercise of the powers conferred on the Governor, pursuant to the provisions of Section 8 of the Quarantine Act, cap. 2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, having regard to the provisions of Sections 2, 3 and 4. of the Constitution.

Although no case has been recorded in the state, the government is leaving no stone unturned as it continues to take stringent measures such as the travel restrictions, closure of markets amongst others to combat the deadly pandemic.

COVID-19: Four More Persons Discharged, Says Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babjide Sanwo-Olu gives an update on the index case Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) recorded in the state.

 

Four more persons have recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19) and have been discharged in Lagos State.

This brings the total number of people discharged in Nigeria to 24, while two deaths were recorded.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced in a tweet on Friday.

He revealed that the patients, three females and one male were discharged from the Infectious Disease Hospital after testing negative twice.

READ ALSO: 11 More COVID-19 Patients Discharged In Lagos, Says Sanwo-Olu

“This gives us a lot of hope as we continue to listen to our health experts and provide the resources to beat #COVID19”, the governor added.

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Delta Killing: Govt Orders Investigation, Calls For Calm

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Photo: [email protected]

 

Following the alleged killing of a 28-year-old man in Warri, the Delta State Government has called for an investigation into the matter.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu said the government was worried about the reported incident.

While asking residents of the state to be calm, he decried the said killing of the victim by security agencies on regular patrol duty.

According to the Commissioner, the state government has sent a delegation to the deceased family to condole with them over the loss of their son.

READ ALSO: COVID 19: Benue Govt Begins Fumigation of Public Places

He also stated that the military authorities have been contracted to carry out an investigation into what led to the killing of the deceased.

The incident occurred at Ugbuwangue community in Warri South Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, on the second day of the lockdown directive issued by the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.

Police authorities in the state confirmed the killing to Channels Television, saying they have commenced an investigation into the incident.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, however, noted that the details of the incident were unclear.

She said, “Yes, it is true. It just happened today, as I was told, and there is not much information yet.”

COVID 19: Benue Govt Begins Fumigation of Public Places

A file photo of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

 

The Benue State Government has commenced the fumigation of public places to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The exercise which began on Thursday from the Wurukum market, poultry section, will be extended to the Wadata, North Bank and modern markets as well as streets to safeguard the state from further spread of the virus.

Part of the public places include hospitals, markets, parks, and streets of Makurdi.

READ ALSO: Delta Killing: Govt Orders Investigation, Calls For Calm

Speaking to Channels Television, Head of the Fumigation Team and member of the State Action Committee on COVID 19, Mr. Edward Amali said the exercise will last for a whole week.

“The State Action Committee is determined on the fumigation exercise in order to get rid of COVID-19 wherever it might be and spare the state from recording another positive case of the virus.

“Hospitals, the four major markets, parks and even streets where the virus may be suspected to be hanging would equally be fumigated, because of Governor Samuel Ortom and his Deputy, Engr. Benson Abounu, who is Chairman of the Action Committee were determined to eradicate the virus from the state.

The exercise would take up to a week to get all the markets and other places fumigated,” he said.

He also assured residents of the state that funds have been made available for the comprehensive exercise by the state government.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Rise To 190 As NCDC Confirms Six New Infections

 

Nigeria has recorded six new COVID-19 infections as the total cases have risen to 190.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the six new infections in Osun State through its Twitter handle on Friday.

“As at 11:00 am 3rd April, there are 190 confirmed cases, 20 patients have been discharged while two deaths were recorded”.

READ ALSO: Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Rise To 184 As NCDC Confirms 10 New Infections

Giving a breakdown of the cases, the agency said Lagos has 98 infections,  FCT- 38, Osun- 20, Oyo- 8, Akwa Ibom- 5, Ogun- 4, Edo- 4, Kaduna- 4, Bauchi- 3, Enugu- 2, Ekiti 2, Rivers-1 and Benue- 1.

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This comes shortly after the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced that 11 more people had been discharged from the government’s facility in Yaba.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced this in a series of tweets on Thursday.

He revealed that the persons – two females and nine males – have fully recovered and have tested negative for COVID-19, weeks after they tested positive for the disease.

Bauchi Govt Reverses COVID-19 Lockdown Order Over Lack Of Palliatives

INEC Resumes Collation Exercise For Bauchi Governorship Election Today

 

 The Bauchi State government has reversed the decision to impose full restriction of movement, following its inability to provide palliative supplies for its residents.

The State Deputy Governor, Baba Tela who made the announcement on Thursday said a review of the lockdown order was necessary due to its inability to make provisions for palliatives during the stay at home period.

He, however, noted that a decision has been reached to seal all borders in the state instead of the full lockdown down earlier scheduled to commence today, April 2 by 6:00 pm.

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Tela said in the meantime, the state has received donations from the North-East Development Commission to fight COVID-19.

Some of the items donated include personal protective equipment, two ventilators, gloves, face masks and hand sanitizers.

Bauchi state government had earlier on Tuesday imposed a lockdown for 14 days to check the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

The state governor, Bala Muhammed is currently in self-isolation after he testing positive to coronavirus.

COVID-19 Lockdown: Buhari Orders Finance Ministry To Pay Salaries

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to pay March salaries following his movement restriction in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja.

The President gave the directive while meeting the COVID-19 Impact Assessment Committee on Thursday to review the effect of the outbreak on the economy.

He urged the ministry to ensure that critical infrastructures are protected and as much as possible.

READ ALSO: Bauchi Govt Reverses COVID-19 Lockdown Order Over Lack Of Palliatives

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting in Abuja said the President further directed that measures be put in place to protect the poor during this lockdown.

The President had in March set up a special committee to immediately look into the effects of COVID 19 on the price of oil, with a view to reviewing the crude oil benchmark of the 2020 budget.

Members of the committee include the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele and the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari.

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