President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary with First Lady, Aisha.
Buhari took to his verified Twitter handle to share a throwback photo as well as a family portrait to celebrate three decades with his wife.
He captioned the photos:
“Today, on our 30th Wedding Anniversary, I pray for Allah’s continued peace and blessings in our home and family.”
Aisha also shared a video to celebrate their anniversary.
She tweeted the video with a caption:
“Alhamdulillah for 30yrs of togetherness.”
Panic as new deadly virus surfaces in China
As the world continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, China, where the virus was first detected last December is now facing a new health threat from another virus, that is tick-borne.
The virus causes a disease called “Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS).
According to reports, it has already killed seven people and infected at least 60, setting off alarm bells among health officials in the country.
Many of the cases reported were concentrated in East China’s Jiangsu and Anhui provinces, local media reported.
While more than 37 people were diagnosed with SFTS in Jiangsu in the early months of 2020, 23 were later found to be infected in Anhui.
While the disease is transferred to humans through tick bites, Chinese virologists have warned that human-to-human transmission of the virus cannot be ruled out.
Unlike SARS-CoV-2 however, this is not the first time the SFTS virus has infected people.
The recent spate of cases merely marks a re-emergence of the disease, IndianExpresss.com reports.
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV) belongs to the Bunyavirus family and is transmitted to humans through tick bites. The virus was first identified by a team of researchers in China over a decade ago. The first few cases were reported in rural areas of Hubei and Henan provinces in 2009.
The team of researchers identified the virus by examining blood samples obtained from a cluster of people exhibiting similar symptoms. According to a report by Nature, the virus killed at least 30 per cent of those infected.
The current case fatality rate rests between approximately 16 and 30 per cent, according to the China Information System for Disease Control and Prevention.
Due to the rate at which it spreads and its high fatality rate, SFTS has been listed among the top 10 priority diseases blue print by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Virologists believe an Asian tick called Haemaphysalis longicornis is the primary vector, or carrier, of the virus. The disease is known to spread between March and November.
Researchers have found that the total number of infections generally peaks between April and July.
Farmers, hunters and pet owners are particularly vulnerable to the disease as they regularly come in contact with animals that may carry the Haemaphysalis longicornis tick.
Scientists have found that the virus is often transmitted to humans from animals like goats, cattle, deer and sheep.
Despite being infected by the virus, animals generally do not show any symptoms associated with SFTSV.
What are the symptoms of the SFTFS virus?
According to a study conducted by a team of Chinese researchers in 2011, the incubation period is anywhere between seven and 13 days after the onset of the illness.
Patients suffering from the disease usually experience a whole range of symptoms, including, fever, fatigue, chill, headache, lymphadenopathy, anorexia, nausea, myalgia, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, gingival hemorrhage, conjunctival congestion, and so on.
Some of the early warning signs of the disease include severe fever, thrombocytopenia or low platelet count and leukocytopenia, which is low white blood cell count.
The risk factors observed in more serious cases include multi-organ failure, hemorrhagic manifestation and the appearance of central nervous system (CNS) symptoms.
FG directs civil servants from Grade 12 to resume
The Federal Government has directed civil and public servants from grade level 12 and above to immediately resume work.
Only workers from grade level 14 and above were permitted to resume work until the new directive.
It also extended working hours to normal office hours from Monday to Friday with the mandatory use of non-medical face masks.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, disclosed these during its briefing in Abuja.
“For government offices and other corporate offices, we are now extending working hours to normal official hours from Monday to Friday, with the mandatory use of non-medical face masks.
“We encourage work at home policy for civil/public servants below the grade level of 12.
“Essential staff of grade level 12 and above may be allowed to come to work.
“Our previous cut-off was grade level 14. Temperature checks will be carried out in all official government buildings.
“With industry and labour, the main modification we have is an advisory for banks to limit the number of customers within the operating areas to 50 percent occupancy within the banking halls in order to allow for physical distancing and to limit their workers to 75 percent or less. But banking operations shall continue as usual.”
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara defies constitution, seeks third term
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said on Thursday he would seek re-election in October, formally accepting the ruling party’s nomination to be its candidate and defying opponents who say the constitution forbids a third term.
Ouattara, who has governed since 2011, said in March he would not run again. But his preferred successor, then-prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, died in July, leading the party to ask Ouattara to reconsider.
“I have decided to respond favourably to the call of my fellow citizens,” Ouattara said in a televised speech. “Given my previous promise, this decision represents a real sacrifice for me.”
The election is seen as the greatest test yet of the tenuous stability achieved since a brief civil war in 2010 and 2011 killed about 3,000 people following Ouattara’s first election win.
Ouattara’s opponents say the two-term limit in the constitution bars him from running again, but Ouattara has said his first two mandates do not count under the new constitution adopted in 2016.
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