One Crushed To Death, Two Injured In Ondo Road Accident

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

One person has been crushed to death, while two others sustained injuries in a road traffic crash that occurred in Ikare-Akoko, Ondo State.

The crash which happened at about 6:45 on Saturday involved a wine colour Toyota Primera with registration number Ang35bv, and a red Bajaj boxer motorcycle with no registration number.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), Ondo State Sector Command, Omotola Ogunbanwo, the crash was caused by break failure and loss of control by the driver of the toyota vehicle.

Ogunbanwo said that the accident victims have been taken to the General Hospital in Ikare-Akoko for treatment, while the remains of the dead have been deposited at the morgue in the hospital.

This comes about two weeks ago when a similar road traffic crash happened in the area of the state.

On September 7, three commuters were killed and 14 others sustained various degrees of injuries in the fatal crash that occurred along the Owo/Ikare-Akoko area of the state.

The accident was said to have been caused by the driver of a Blue DAF Trailer with no registration number, which had a brake failure and crushed two other vehicles.

FRSC Spokesperson advised motorists to avoid over-speeding and dangerous driving.

She also urged them to avoid night journey, obey traffic rules, and ensure their vehicles are in good condition before embarking on any trip.

Patient Dies In Kwara After Striking Workers Switch Off Ventilator

The entrance of the University of ilorin Teaching hospital, Kwara State.

 

A patient at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital in Kwara State has died following an industrial action embarked upon by health workers amidst the coronavirus disease.

Channels Television learned from a family source that the patient, Olusola Olagunju, had been on life support before the incident occurred.

The victim was said to have died after the aggrieved workers switched off the oxygen.

A friend of the deceased, Ezekiel Adewole, said the unfortunate incident occurred on Tuesday.

Adewole explained that the patient died before being evacuated to another hospital for medical attention.

The wards of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Kwara State.

 

“He was referred to UITH, Ilorin for treatment. He has been undergoing this treatment for a while. He had difficulty in breathing, that is the only issue he had.

“He was okay, very active online. He was always on online – WhatsApp, Twitter and all others. The only thing is that he could not talk frequently on phone.

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“He was using the support of oxygen. On Tuesday, we heard that the UITH went on strike. On that fateful day, they switched off their light.

“This guy was living on oxygen, electric oxygen. Immediately they switched off their light, he could not use the oxygen any longer and that was how his system collapsed.

The compound of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital Teaching Hospital where a patient on life support died over the strike embarked by health workers.

 

“In the process of taking him to another hospital, he gave up. His family also sought the assistance of an ambulance, but they were denied because the drivers were also on strike,” he said.

But reacting, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) at the medical facility registered its displeasure over the situation that cost the patient’s life.

NARD Chairman, Lanre Oloshunde, however insisted that as medical practitioners, patients owe them the respect as they perform their duties.

“We have suspended the strike. The strike was informed from a security situation that happened at the hospital in which one of our doctors was assaulted on duty.

 

“Since then, the management of the hospital has been able to respond with some security measures. At least to some extent, that has guaranteed the safety of our members being able to work.

“We heard that our security was not guaranteed then, that is why we had to go on strike. Thankfully, there has been some security improvements so far in this regard,” he said.

While praying that the situation does not repeat itself again, Oloshunde advised members of the public against attacking health workers.

Imo Records First COVID-19 Death

(FILE PHOTO) Professor Maurice Iwu

 

Imo State has recorded its first COVID-19 fatality.

This was revealed on Wednesday by the Chairman of the COVID-19 Taskforce in the state, Professor Maurice.

According to him, the victim had underlying health issues before he was brought to the isolation centre.

Professor Iwu believes that the victim’s condition might have complicated his chances of survival.

Majek Fashek Is Dead

A file photo of Makek Fashek.
A file photo of Majek Fashek.

 

Reggae music icon, Majekodunmi Fasheke, well known as Majek Fashek, has died, according to his manager, Omenka Uzoma.

In an Instagram post early Tuesday, Uzoma said Majek Fashek “has gone to be with the Lord, his Maker.”

The singer who became popular for hits such as ‘send down the rain’, ‘so long, too long’, and many others died in New York after a protracted battle with cancer.

He had earlier been hospitalised at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in London in November 2019.

Majek Fashek, also nicknamed the Rainmaker, was a Nigerian internationally acclaimed reggae music legend who was signed to American music imprint, Interscope Music.

He was aged 57 and he enjoyed a music career that spanned over three decades.

See the Instagram post below:

 

Madagascar Records First COVID-19 Death

This general view shows the empty second-hand clothes market in the Isotry district of Madagascar capital Antananarivo on May 16, 2020, where 16 people have been infected with COVID-19 coronavirus by a single resident of this neighbourhood.  RIJASOLO / AFP.

 

Madagascar on Sunday reported the first death of a patient suffering from novel coronavirus nearly two months after it was first detected in the country, official statistics showed.

The Indian ocean island which has reported 304 cases has hit the headlines over a home-grown herbal concoction that President Andry Rajoelina claims can cure people infected with the virus.

Several African countries have ordered or expressed interest in the purported remedy, which is known as COVID-Organics.

The tonic drink is derived from artemisia — a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment — and other indigenous herbs.

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But the World Health Organization has warned against “adopting a product that has not been taken through tests to see its efficacy”.

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Gunmen Kill Two In Niger State

 

Gunmen have killed two persons and injured one person at Erena community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

In the renewed attack, the gunmen also rustled at least 2,000 cattle.

Confirming the attack, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Wasiu Abiodun said the incident took place at about 7:00 am on Sunday.

He, however, said a combined security force has been dispatched to the area to restore normalcy.

Channels Television gathered that bandits numbering over 100 stormed the area on motorbikes, shooting sporadically thereby leading to the death of the victims who are two villagers.

This is the third attack in less than two weeks in Shiroro LGA.

Since the renewed attacks, at least nine persons have been killed and at least over 3,000 persons displaced from their homes.

Some of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are currently being camped at Bosso Primary school in Minna the state capital while at least 1,500 others are camped at the Central Primary School Kuta.

Earlier last week, the Senator representing Niger East, Mohammed Sani Musa appealed to the Federal Government to establish a permanent Military Base in Shiroro.

He had also raised fears that the attacks could exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 especially in IDPs camps where social distancing are mostly not observed.

“The on and off operations by security agencies in the affected communities cannot solve the problem. The bandits know when troops are around and when they are not.

“As soon as they know the troops are withdrawn, that’s when they strike. So, the solution is to establish a permanent Base for the military in the areas.

“Their presence no doubt will scare off the hoodlums and consequently stem the tide of criminality,” the Senator said.

Lagos State Records Another Death From COVID-19

 

Lagos State has recorded another death from the COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 19.

The State Ministry of Health disclosed this via Twitter on Saturday, hours after an additional 80 cases of the Coronavirus were confirmed in the state.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) had announced on Friday that there were 114 new cases in the country.

Of the 114 cases, Lagos has 80, Gombe has 21, while the FCT has five.

Two cases each were recorded in Zamfara and Edo, while Ogun, Oyo, Kaduna and Sokoto have one case each.

With these new infections, Nigeria’s total cases now stand at 1,095, out of which 208 cases have been discharged while 32 deaths have been recorded.

Also, as of Friday, the worldwide death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 193,930, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT.

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More than 2,770,750 declared cases have been registered in 193 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December.

Of these cases, at least 736,800 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

Many countries are testing only the most serious cases.

In the United States, now the worst-hit country, the death toll stood at 50,360 with 884,004 infections. At least 81,338 patients have recovered.

Italy is the next most affected country with 25,969 deaths and 192,994 confirmed infections.

It is followed by Spain with 22,524 fatalities and 219,764 confirmed infections, France with 22,245 deaths and 159,828 infections and Britain with 19,506 deaths and 143,464 cases.

China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 4,632 deaths and 82,804 cases, just six since Thursday.

Since Thursday 1900 GMT, Sierra Leone announced its first death caused by the virus.

Europe has listed 1,329,695 cases and 119,211 deaths to date, the US and Canada together have 927,543 cases with 52,689 deaths, Asia 188,320 cases with 7,664 deaths, the Middle East 146,298 cases with 6,122 deaths, Latin America and the Caribbean 142,389 cases with 6,815 deaths. Africa lists 28,542 cases with 1,326 deaths and Oceania 7,964 cases with 103 deaths.

Nigeria Records Another COVID-19 Death As 24 More Patients Recover

File photo/ AFP

 

 

Another person has died of coronavirus in Nigeria, bringing the COVID-19 death toll in the country to 13.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this on Thursday night in its latest report on the pandemic.

It revealed that as of 10:20 pm on April 16, five states – Lagos, Edo, Katsina, Delta, and Kano, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have recorded at least one death.

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The NCDC added that 35 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the country, raising the total number of infections to 442.

These infections, it said, were reported from three states – Lagos (19), Kano (five), Oyo (two), as well as the FCT where nine new cases were confirmed.

According to the NCDC, a total of 152 COVID-19 patients have recovered across Nigeria, following the discharge of 24 more people.

It stated that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) which was activated at Level 3 would continue to coordinate the national response activities.

CASE SUMMARY IN NIGERIA AS AT APRIL 16TH 2020

Total Samples Tested> 5000
Total Confirmed cases442
Discharged152
Death13
States AffectedNo. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)No. of Active CasesNo. DischargedNo of Deaths
Lagos251154907
Abuja FCT6742232
Kano212001
Osun203170
Edo15951
Oyo13850
Ogun9450
Katsina7601
Bauchi6600
Kaduna6600
Akwa Ibom6330
Kwara4400
Delta4301
Ondo3300
Enugu2020
Ekiti2110
Rivers2110
Niger2200
Benue1100
Anambra1100
Total44227715213

South Africa Records First 2 Coronavirus Deaths, Cases Top 1,000

A man walks in the streets wearing a face mask as a preventive measure agaisnt the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 23, 2020, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. ZINYANGE AUNTONY / AFP
A man walks in the streets wearing a face mask as a preventive measure agaisnt the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 23, 2020, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. ZINYANGE AUNTONY / AFP

 

South Africa on Friday reported its first two deaths from the novel coronavirus outbreak as the number of confirmed cases breached the 1,000 mark, the government said.

“This morning we wake South Africans up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement.

He said the two people died in the Western Cape province, as the country went under a nationwide 21-day lockdown that took effect at midnight.

The minister promised to release more details later “when we announce the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases, which have increased from yesterday’s number and have tipped the 1,000 mark”.

On Friday, the country reported 927 confirmed cases, a more than 30 percent jump from the previous day.

In a bid to halt the spread, some 57 million people have been ordered to stay at home during the three-week total lockdown.

But many people defied the order — going about business as usual while some lined up outside food stores or queing up for transport at bus terminals on Friday morning.

 

-AFP

64 Migrants Found Dead In Container In Mozambique

A police officer watches a group of illegal immigrants protesting on the roof of the Aluche Immigration Detention Center
A police officer watches a group of illegal immigrants protesting on the roof of the Aluche Immigration Detention Center (CIE) during a riot on March 17, 2020, in Madrid. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

 

More than 60 suspected undocumented migrants from Ethiopia were found dead on Tuesday in a cargo container in Mozambique’s northwest Tete province, a hospital official said.

“A truck transporting illegal immigrants from Malawi, suspected to be Ethiopians, was stopped at the Mussacana weight bridge in Tete, and 64 people were found dead. Only 14 survived,” the senior official, who asked not be named, told AFP.

-AFP

 

Country Music Legend Kenny Rogers Dies At 81

 

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 19, 2017 shows US singer Kenny Rogers performing in concert on his ‘Farewell Tour’ during Rodeo Austin at the Travis County Expo Center in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP)

 

Country music legend Kenny Rogers, whose career spanned six decades, has died at the age of 81, his family said late Friday.

“Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” they said in a statement.

The family said they were planning a small private service “out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency.”

Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music.

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“His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world,” said the statement posted by his representative Keith Hagan.

A three-time Grammy winner who sold tens of millions of records, Rogers was known for a string of huge hits including “The Gambler,” “Lucille” and “Islands in the Stream.”

“I’ve never considered myself a great singer, but I do have a certain way as a storyteller,” he told the Irish Examiner in 2013.

“I’ve been very lucky in finding many great songs that have had a staying power, and have lingered longer in the heart.”

Released in 1978, his album “The Gambler” was a huge international hit, going multi-platinum and the title track became his signature song.

“I do two kinds of songs,” he told NPR in 2015.

“There are story songs that have social significance, or they’re ballads that say what every man would like to say and every woman would like to hear.”

– ‘I don’t gamble’ –
Rogers also starred the film “The Gambler,” which was based on the song, but he liked to joke that he wasn’t much of a gambler himself.

“I learned a long time ago, I can’t win enough money to excite me, but I can lose enough to depress me,” he told NPR. “So I don’t gamble.”

He played his final concert at Nashville in October 2017, where he was joined by his long-time friend and collaborator Dolly Parton for a last performance of “Islands in the Stream.”

In April 2018 Rogers scrapped the final dates of his farewell tour due to health concerns.

“I didn’t want to take forever to retire,” the singer said.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to fans over the course of the past two years,” he said, adding that he could “never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they’ve given me throughout my career.”

Born in a housing project in Houston, Texas, Rogers started his career in the late 1950s and quickly became active in rockabilly, jazz and other genres that he brought into his country style.

He went on to have 24 number one hits and was a six-time Country Music Association Awards winner.

In 2013 Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, which said he had “parlayed a distinctive, husky voice and laid-back sex appeal into durable superstardom.”

His easygoing ballads and constant touring won him mainstream pop appeal, as have his popular takes on Christmas standards.

Rogers also came to prominence through his collaboration with Parton and appearances on films and television programs including “The Muppet Show.

In 2012 he published a memoir recounting the ups and downs of his long career: “Luck or Something Like It.”

Married five times, he is survived by his wife Wanda and five children, including twin boys.

 

-AFP

UK Closes Schools As Coronavirus Deaths Rise

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at a news conference addressing the government’s response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, at 10 Downing Street in London on March 12, 2020. Britain on Thursday said up to 10,000 people in the UK could be infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19, as it announced new measures to slow the spread of the pandemic.
SIMON DAWSON / POOL / AFP

 

Britain announced Wednesday it would be closing schools in the coming days to stem the spread of coronavirus, as the death toll topped 100 and Londoners braced for tougher measures to tackle the outbreak.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had held off following the lead of other European countries in shutting schools, because of the impact it would have on the workforce.

But as the outbreak spreads and the death toll reached 104, up from 71 in a day, he said schools would be closed indefinitely later this week.

“After schools shut their gates from Friday afternoon, they will remain closed,” he told his daily news conference, without giving a date for their re-opening.

Exceptions will be made for key workers — including healthcare staff, police and delivery drivers — and for the most vulnerable children.

Johnson earlier this week advised people to work from home and avoid unnecessary social contact and travel, warning the infection rate was starting to spike.

On Wednesday he said this was having an effect but repeated advice for people with symptoms to self-isolate for between one and two weeks, depending on circumstances.

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“Everyone must follow the advice to protect themselves and their families, but also, more importantly to protect the wider public,” he said.

Johnson added that “we will not hesitate to bring forward further and faster measures.”

Speculation is rife that London in particular could soon be subject to more draconian measures, as the capital records the most number of cases.

“We know London is ahead of the rest of us so we may see more stringent measures than even those that we have announced so far being taken,” Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in Edinburgh earlier.

The government will on Thursday introduce legislation giving it emergency powers to deal with the outbreak, including to close premises and restrict gatherings.

– Parliamentary hotspot –

Lawmakers were earlier told to stay away from Johnson’s weekly question time in parliament amid warnings that Westminster is a particularly infectious area.

Some 25 MPs, including a cabinet minister, are already thought to have isolated themselves.

“There’s a lot of COVID-19 in Westminster,” tweeted epidemiologist Professor Neil Ferguson, a government adviser, as he announced that he had also developed symptoms.

MPs will gather on Thursday however to debate new emergency legislation to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, which ministers hope to push through within days.

The government says its powers will only be used when “absolutely necessary” and the bill has support from opposition parties.

But some MPs voiced concern at the sweeping nature and duration of the proposals, and the effect on civil liberties.

– Rent support –

Johnson’s government has come under pressure to do more to tackle the outbreak of COVID-19, given the tough lockdowns imposed in other European countries.

But he insisted all action was driven by the science, adding: “We’re going to do the right measures at the right time.”

So far Britain has around 2,600 cases, but chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance this week warned that 55,000 Britons could have the virus at a “reasonable” estimate.

The new social distancing advice sparked warnings that many businesses, particularly in the hospitality industry, could go bust.

The FTSE 100 slumped again Wednesday, dropping as much as 5.0 percent in morning trade, while the pound hit its lowest level since 1985 against the dollar, touching $1.1828.

Finance minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday announced a package of support for businesses, including government-backed loans of at least £330 billion ($395 billion, 360 billion euros).

On Wednesday, Johnson also promised legislation to protect individuals unable to pay their rent because of job losses caused by the crisis to avoid evictions.

In other developments:

– the government said it was working to increase the number of people in hospital being tested for COVID-19 to 25,000 a day and ensure frontline health workers get the protective kit they need.

– Johnson said there was a “massive effort” to build enough ventilators to treat the worst-hit patients, after concern about a shortage.

– Supermarkets, whose supplies have been hit by panic-buying, said they would safeguard supplies for the elderly and most vulnerable, including dedicated opening times only for older customers.

– the 50th Glastonbury music festival became the latest casualty of the outbreak, with this year’s event pushed back to next year.

AFP