LAGOS RECORDS 5 COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday announced five COVID-19 related deaths for Lagos State, increasing the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 72. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that  NCDC made the disclosure in its COVID-19 Situation Report for June 8. According to NCDC, seven COVID-19 related deaths were recorded in the…

NIGERIAN DOCTORS TO BEGIN NATIONWIDE STRIKE JUNE 15

The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria will commence a nationwide strike on Monday, June 15, 2020. Dr Aliyu Sokomba, National President of NARD, said this in an official letter with reference number NARD/SG/2019-2020/070620/246. Sokomba said the association found it necessary to take “the painful decision” following the inability of the government to meet…

CELESTIAL CHURCH DONATES N25 MILLION TO LAGOS AND OGUN TO FIGHT COVID-19

The Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide on Monday said it donated N25m to the Lagos and Ogun states governments to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chairman of the church’s Press, Publicity and Publications Committee, Kayode Ajala, said the sum also covered support for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. Ajala, in a…

WHO SUSPENDS HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE AS COVID-19 TREATMENT

The World Health Organization said Monday it had temporarily suspended clinical trials of hydroxychloriquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19 being carried out across a range of countries as a precautionary measure. The decision came after publication last week of a study in The Lancet which indicated that using the drug on COVID-19 patients could increase their…

COVID-19: THAILAND PRODUCES CHEAPER VACCINE, STARTS TRIALS ON MONKEYS

Thailand is conducting tests on macaque monkeys as it races to produce a cheaper, alternative coronavirus vaccine it hopes will be ready by 2021, a top researcher said Monday. More than 100 candidate vaccines are currently in various stages of development around the world, at least eight of which are in clinical trials with humans,…

COVID-19: AFRICAN VACCINE IS POSSIBLE

The Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is unwavering in is call for a vaccine for COVID-19 developed in Africa. “A belief that an African treatment and an African vaccine for COVID-19 is possible,” he said in a statement to commemorate AU Day today, May 25, 2020. The African Union was…

DR CONGO OFFICIALS DENY CORONAVIRUS FIGURES MANIPULATED

Government officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have denied any manipulation of its figures for coronavirus cases and deaths. The controversy came as health officials announced DR Congo’s latest COVID-19 figures which stand at 63 deaths from 2,025 cases, most of them in the capital, Kinshasa. So far, 312 people have recovered. The vast…

62-YEAR-OLD DOCTOR DELAYED RETIREMENT TO HELP TREAT COVID-19 DIES

A New York doctor, James Mahoney, has died of coronavirus after halting his retirement to actively participate in treating COVID-19 patients at his hospital. According to report by Fox News, Mahoney worked tirelessly as a pulmonary and critical care physician at University Hospital of Brooklyn during the day and Kings County Hospital Center at night.…

COVID-19: ‘GOD WILL HELP US,’ TANZANIA PRESIDENT ‘REJECTS’ LOCKDOWN

At a time when countries have imposed and are easing lockdowns in the fight against COVID-19, Tanzanian president John Magufuli insists there will be no such thing as lockdown in the east African nation.  During an address to a church congregation over the weekend, Magufuli stressed that when the neighbours are done with their lockdowns, they…

FRENCH POLICE ARREST AFRICA’S MOST WANTED MAN OVER RWANDAN GENOCIDE

One of the most wanted fugitives in Rwanada's 1994 genocide has been arrested outside Paris, France, today, according to Daily Mail. Felicien Kabuga, 84, who had a £4m bounty on his head, had been accused of equipping ethnic Hutu extremists in the 100-day genocide that killed more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus.    Kabuga,…

COVID-19: NO NYSC MOBILIZATION SOON – DIRECTOR-GENERAL

Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Ibrahim Shuaibu, has said that there are no plans to mobilise recent graduates in the country for the compulsory scheme due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Shuaibu in an interview with Economic Confidential said only Batch A, Stream 1, who were asked to leave camp due to COVID-19…

BUHARI TO ADDRESS NIGERIANS ON MONDAY

President Muhammadu Buhari will address Nigerians on Monday. Aliyu Sani, National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, made this disclosure when he appeared on a programme on Channels Television. Buhari is expected to speak about ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria and to decide on whether or not the…

COVID-19: MOSQUES REOPEN IN WEST AFRICA

It’s been a Ramadan unlike any other for Abdourahmane Sall, far from the mosque during the Muslim holy month as coronavirus cases mount. With only a little over a week left, he decided joining thousands of others in tradition was worth the risk after authorities allowed prayers to resume. Men formed orderly lines outside the…