COVID-19: NCDC ANNOUNCES 501 NEW CASES

The COVID-19 caseload for Nigeria went up to 15,682 on Saturday, with 501 new cases announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC). Eight deaths were reported, increasing the fatalities to 407. Lagos recorded the highest number of infections with 195 cases, taking its gross total to 7,035.  It was followed by FCT Abuja with…

COVID-19: THREE COMMISSIONERS, FIVE LAWMAKERS, ONE SPECIAL ADVISER TEST POSITIVE

At least three out of 21 commissioners in Gombe State, one special adviser and five members of the State House of Assembly have tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmation came after sample tests were conducted on the directive of the state governor last week. The confirmation was made by the Gombe State commissioner of information,…

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…

US RECORDS 691 NEW CORONAVIRUS DEATHS IN 24 HOURS

The coronavirus pandemic killed 691 people in the United States over the past 24 hours, the lowest number in a week, figures from Johns Hopkins University showed on Sunday. There have been a total of 110,482 deaths in the country and 1,938,842 cases, the Baltimore-based institutions’ real-time tracker reported at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Sunday).…

ABIA STATE GOVERNOR, IKPEAZU TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

Ikpeazu had gone into isolation before his result returned positive, and had directed the deputy governor to act on his behalf. Disclosing this in a statement obtained by TheCable, on Monday, John Okiyi Kalu, the states commissioner for information said “on Saturday, 30th May, 2020, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu volunteered his sample for COVID-19 test and…

COVID-19: NCDC SAYS NEGATIVE RESULT NO LONGER REQUIRED TO DISCHARGE PATIENTS

A negative laboratory test result of COVID-19 patients is no longer required for such patients to be discharged, a Nigerian official has said. The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known at the daily Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday. Mr Ihekweazu said the new…

COVID-19: LAGOS CHURCHES, MOSQUES TO REOPEN WITH ‘AT MOST 500 WORSHIPPERS’

The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said on Thursday that religious centres in the state will reopen from June 19 and have in attendance not more than 500 persons.  The governor made the announcement on Thursday during a press briefing at the Lagos State House, Marina.  Mr Sanwo-Olu said children below the age of 15…

OSUN RELAXES LOCKDOWN FOR 14 DAYS

Osun state governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, on Thursday, announced new set of guidelines that would guide the second phase of the gradual reopening of the state’s economy, following the lockdown imposed by the government in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. He said all major markets would remain shut, while other markets would be opened…

812 HEALTH WORKERS INFECTED TILL DATE, SAYS FG

The Federal Government on Tuesday said not less than 812 health workers have been infected with the COVID-19 virus in the line of duty. It however, reiterated that the protection of health workers, especially those in the frontline of the pandemic are its priority, and will ensure the constant provision of personal protective equipment (PPEs),…

AFRICA’S COVID-19 CASES OVER 144,700 ― WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO), on Monday, reported that COVID-19 cases in Africa as at June 1 had risen to over 144, 700. The WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, gave the update on its official twitter handle @WHOAFRO. “There are over 144,700 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – with more…

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,…