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Coronavirus: Bayelsa bans persons coughing from boarding commercial vehicles, boats


The Bayelsa State government has banned persons coughing, sneezing or showing any sign of respiratory infection from boarding any commercial vehicle and speed boat operating in the state.

This was contained in a statement on Monday by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Ere Efeke, as part of measures to manage the coronavirus pandemic in the transport sector of the state.

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He said that all vehicles would henceforth carry a maximum of the driver, one passenger in front seat and two passengers per seat while Keke riders would have two passengers at any time with only the rider in front.

Efeke also said that boats were not allowed to carry more than two passengers per seat even as boats and vehicles should have properly covered refuse collection bins.

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He further said:

“All transport operators/companies are expected to have at their entrances, hand-washing equipment with soap and running water.

“All operators shall have alcohol-based sanitizers in their vehicles for use of driver, conductors and passengers.

“All taxis and buses should restock their vehicles with wipes, tissues and other disposable items for use by passengers to wipe down doors and other handles.”

The government, while strongly discouraging non-essential travels, directed the vehicle inspection officers of the ministry and the NURTW, TOAN, RTEAN ” and other law enforcement agents” to supervise, coordinate and enforce the directives.

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Two-year-old boy in coma after being shot in the head



A two-year-old boy is in a coma after being shot in the head by a motorbike-riding gunman in north-west London, according to a worried relative.

Two teenage boys were also shot alongside the baby’s mother, a 27-year-old woman, who was shot eight times including in the chest, arm, and leg said the relative. Police said the three adults’ injuries are ‘not life-threatening.’

The shooting happened at around 9.45 pm yesterday evening on a residential road in Harlesden, north-west London, police said.

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The gunman first shot the teenage boys, 18-year-old Juan Young-sam and 19-year-old Rynell Seaton, according to the relative.

He then shot the woman, 27-year-old Piera Hutton, and her two-year-old boy, with a handgun as she attempted to flee the shooting.

Piera Hutton called a family member from the scene to ask for help, explaining what had happened, according to the family.

The relative, a teenager who did not want to be named for her family’s safety, said:

“Rynell and Juane were walking with Lillian, Piera’s mum, back to her house, when the boys just came and started shooting.

“They tried to shoot Rynell in the neck, but he ducked and they shot him in the arm. Then Juane tried to run off but they shot him in the back and leg.”

She added:

“Then I think Piera was in the car near her house trying to run with her baby.

“They shot her eight times in the chest, leg, backside and arm. Then they went to the baby, close range, and shot him in the head. The bullet went straight through the other side. Piera called my grandma for help and she rushed over there and saw all of them on the floor, Juan, Rynell, Piera and the baby, going into the ambulances.”

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COVID-19: Katsina Govt reopens weekly markets



The Katsina State Government has directed the reopening of all major weekly markets across the state.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS), Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Katsina.

He said that the markets would be reopened with effect from June 5.

“The decision was taken as a result of a drop in the emergence of new COVID-19 cases.

“Also as a result of concerns by the government on the adverse effects of the shutting down of markets on the socio-economic activities and means of livelihood of the majority of people in the state,” he said.

Inuwa, however, warned that the easing and lifting of lockdown, ban, restrictions of movement, and reopening of markets “does not mean that there is no more coronavirus in the state.”

“The disease still exists. Old people and those with health challenges must avoid crowded places,” he said.

The SGS stressed the need for people to abide by the health and security protocols, including wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing, regular handwashing with soap, and the use of sanitizers.

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According to reports, the affected markets are located in Charanchi, Mai’adua, Mashi, Dandume, Zango, Danja, Bakori, Yankara, Kafur, and Dankama.

Others are in Kaita, Kagadama, Dutsi, Garkin-Daura and Kayawa, among others.

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Kogi rejects NCDC’s claim of recording COVID-19 cases in the state



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The Kogi state government has rejected the new data from the Nigeria Center for Disease Center NCDC that states that two confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the state.

The NCDC in its data released for Wednesday, May 27, said two cases of Coronavirus have been recorded in the state that was hitherto free of the disease.

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However, in a statement released this morning, the Kogi State Commissioner of Health, Saka Haruna Audu, said the state government has developed “full testing capacity” and “conducted hundreds of tests” which have come back negative.

The government says they would not be a party to any ”fictitious COVID-19 claims”

“Kogi State till this very moment is Covid-19 free. We have developed full testing capacity and have conducted hundreds of tests so far which have come back negative.

“We have also continued to insist that we will not be a party to any fictitious COVID-19 claims which is why we do not recognise any COVID-19 test conducted by any Kogite outside the boundaries of the State except those initiated by us.

“Any attempt to force us to announce a case of COVID-19 will be vehemently rejected.” he said

The commissioner asked residents of the state to continue to take all necessary precautions to prevent a spread of the disease.

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