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After 87 days, Ishaku returns to Taraba bans handshake over Coronavirus


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Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku on Thursday returned to Taraba after spending 87 days away from the State.

Ishaku who arrived Jalingo on a charted flight IZY Air touched down at the Danbaba Suntai Airport at about 4pm.

The Governor while addressing journalists at the Airport announced a ban on handshakes in the State in the meantime to check the spread of Coronavirus in the State.

He enjoined the people of the State to promote personal hygiene and practice hand washing using soap and sanitizers to check the spread of the dreaded virus.

“For now, people should avoid hand shakes and imbibe the culture of personal hygiene as recommended by the World Health Organisation.

“We don’t have test kits available here and we must prioritise personal hygiene to avoid the virus.

“People should avoid travelling to places where cases of the virus has been confirmed. Business transactions and conversations with people in such places can be done online,”he said.

Ishaku told journalists during the interview that he was involved in a domestic accident and that he underwent surgery during his long stay away from the State.

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According to him, he was yet to fully recover from the accident, adding that he was following his doctors advise while he recuperates.

He thanked the people of the State for keeping faith with him while he was away, noting that “contrary to media reports in some quarters governance in Taraba did not suffer while I was away.

“Road projects are going on and the act of governance generally is going on smoothly,” he said.

Ishaku left the state on December 22, 2019 after presenting the 2020 budget to the state house of Assembly.

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The long stay of Governor Ishaku from the State generated controversy between the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) in the State and the ruling People’s Democratic Party.

State Chairman of APC in the State, Barr. Ibrahim Ibrahim El-Sudi had called on the Governor to transmit power to his Deputy Engr Haruna Manu or risk impeachment.

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This is even as the party threatened legal action against the Governor should he continue to stay away from the state illegally.

But the PDP leadership in the State had consistently maintained that the Governor did nothing wrong to warrant impeachment and accused the APC of overheating the polity.


Covid-19: Lagos discharges 87 patients



Covid-19: Lagos discharges 87 patients

The Lagos State government has announced the discharge of Eighty-Seven (87) Coronavirus patients.

This was disclosed by the Lagos State Ministry of Health via its official Twitter page.

It said: “87 patients; 40 females,47 males, all Nigerians have been discharged from our isolation facilities to reunite with their families”.

Lagos Said 26 patients were discharged from Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, and 24 from Onikan.

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“87 #COVID19Lagos patients; 40 females and 47 males, all Nigerians have been discharged from our Isolation facilities to reunite with the society

“The patients; 26 from Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, 24 from Onikan, 12 from Eti-Osa (LandMark),11 from Agidingbi, 9 from Gbagada and 5 LUTH Isolation Centres were discharged having fully recovered & tested negative to #COVID19.”

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With this, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged now 825.


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Covid-19: New Zealand discharges last patient from the hospital



Covid-19: New Zealand discharges last patient from the hospital

According to the latest report, New Zealand has discharged the last case of coronavirus in the country and recorded no new case for five days consecutively, the ministry of health officials announced on Wednesday.

The report revealed that the last coronavirus patient to be discharged in New Zealand was being treated at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland.

During a press briefing on Wednesday, officials shared the hopeful statistics. The total number of recovered cases is now at 1,462, and there are just 21 remaining active cases of COVID-19.

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The country has conducted a total of 267,435 coronavirus tests and contact tracers are working to monitor the remaining cases through the NZ COVID Tracer app.

New Zealand also launched another app on Wednesday, which will provide health care professionals with access to information on the updated case definition, on local clinical pathways, and on guidance around the use of personal protective equipment.

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New Zealand borders have slowly been opened, which has been “so important for us to keep the infection out of the country,” public health official Dr Ashley Bloomfield said during the press conference. Bloomfield also credited proper hygiene such as hand washing.

In late April, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that New Zealand had “won” the battle against widespread community transmission of the virus.

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Ardern said that to fully “succeed” in the fight against the coronavirus, the country must “hunt down” the remaining cases of the virus.

“There is no widespread, undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle,” said Ardern. “But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way.”

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Covid-19: Cases in Oyo firm, iSON Xperiences, rise to 151



The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has confirmed two more COVID-19 cases from iSON Xperiences and one case each from Ibadan South West and Egbeda Local Government Areas of the state.

Governor Seyi Makinde, who made the disclosure via his verified Twitter handle, on Tuesday, said the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State had risen to 244.

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The number of cases from iSON Xperiences is 151.

The governor wrote,

“The COVID-19 confirmation tests for four suspected cases came back positive. Two are from iSON Xperiences and one case each from Ibadan South West and Egbeda local government council areas.

“The total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State is 244.

“Please call the Emergency Operations Centre if you have any COVID-19 symptoms such as cough, fever, tiredness, body ache and shortness of breath.”

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