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Coronavirus: Adeboye, Kumuyi, Olukoya, Adeyemi  comply with directive  on gathering


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Senior clerics including the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; Sam Adeyemi of Daystar Christian Centre; the  General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi and Dr Daniel Olukoya of Mountain of Fires and Miracles Ministries complied with the orders of Ogun and Lagos state governments banning gathering of more than 50 persons.

But the Living Faith Church Worldwide, Ota, Ogun State held physical services despite the orders.

Adeboye during the online service said coronavirus would subside after God had proved His point.

The 78-year-old cleric said, during his sermon from the studio of Dove TV, which was broadcast live to all members of the church via Social Media channels, that the world was on a compulsory holiday.

Daystar Christian Centre also complied with the Lagos State Government’s directive. Its services were streamed online via its website and Facebook page and shown on television channels.

Also,  Olukoya’s church broadcast a previous sermon via its social media channels to its members worldwide.

The church, later in a video showed an empty auditorium of the church’s headquarters in Yaba area of Lagos. It stressed that no ‘physical’ service was held at the auditorium on Sunday, adding that the church would not flout the directives of its host – Lagos State Government.

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Our correspondents gathered that the Deeper Christian Life Ministry divided its branches, which had more than 50 members to worship at different venues, while branches with less than 50 members held services as usual but maintained high hygiene practices.

Oyedepo holds  physical service, despite order

But the Living Faith Church Worldwide, Ota, Ogun State and Dunamis Church International, Abuja held Sunday services.

The Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide,   David Oyedepo, led the physical’ services in Ota.

One of our correspondents, who monitored the service via the church’s YouTube channel, observed that thousands of worshipers gathered in the church auditorium.

Oyedepo led the congregation in prayers preceding his sermon titled “Winning the war against coronavirus”.

He said,

“According to how we have prayed, the siege is over. The same way Ebola went away, this is going away. The same God that helped us that time is still alive, he will  help us again.”

The church had in a memo dated March 20 and written by the First Vice President of the LFC, Bishop David Abioye, asked branches of the church all over the world to comply with restriction orders in their locations.

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However, one of our correspondents gathered that another memo was issued late on Saturday asking members to come to church service.

The first memo read,

“In view of the spread of COVID-19 pandemic across the globe which has necessitated the temporary shutdown of activities within nations of the world to curb its further spread, all stations are hereby informed that the Mothers’ Day celebration earlier scheduled for Sunday, 22nd March is hereby postponed indefinitely.”

But a second memo, which was also signed by  Abioye, read,

“Following recent release from the office of the CAN National President as per attached, our regular Sunday service(s)  shall hold tomorrow (Sunday) across various states of the nation. To this effect, every assembly should take necessary precaution.”

A document signed by Christian Association of Nigeria General Secretary, Joseph  Bade, the Christian body said “pastors should allow people to worship and use the occasion to create awareness” on the virus while maintaining recommended precautions by health authorities.

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One of our correspondents,  who was at one of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, Ota, gathered that the church held five separate services with thousands of people in attendance.

Besides the Living Faith Church Worldwide, Ota, no fewer than  12 other churches in Abeokuta and Sagamu violated the Ogun State Government’s directive.

The commander of the state Task Force on mass gathering,  Toyin Afolaogun led his team to disperse worshippers in some of the churches for flouting the directive.

Afolaogun said his task force got to the Winners Chapel in Abeokuta at about 6:30am when hundreds of worshippers, who had assembled preparatory to early morning service, were dispersed.

He said the worshippers were told to hold a service only if they would comply with the directive, limiting the number of worshippers to 50.

Afolaogun said,  “We have recorded about 80 per cent compliance. The church that did not comply, we politely told them to comply accordingly.”


COVID-19: Ugandan PM goes into self-Isolation



COVID-19: Ugandan PM goes into self-Isolation

Uganda’s prime minister on Friday said he went into a self-isolation after some of his contacts tested positive for COVID-19.

“I have gone into self-isolation after some of my contacts tested positive for COVID-19,” Ruhakana Rugunda said in a tweet.

“My own test result is negative, however, I have taken this decision as health recommended measure,” he added.

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Rugunda is also the head of Uganda’s COVID-19 national task force.

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Uganda has so far confirmed 557 coronavirus cases, with no death and 82 recoveries, according to the US-based John Hopkins University.

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Covid-19: Bayelsa records third death



Covid-19: Bayelsa records third death

The Bayelsa Task Force on COVID-19 has recorded the third death as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world.

Chairman of the task force, Dr Inodu Apoku, announced this in a statement on Friday in Yenagoa.

Apoku said that the third death was from the nine new cases recorded by the state.

The National Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) had on Thursday announced that nine new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the state.

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Apoku, also Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health said that the nine newly confirmed cases “bring the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 30.

“Four of out of these nine cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases while five are not epidemiologically linked to any of the previously confirmed cases.

“Three of the cases are health care professionals.

“One of these fresh unlinked cases was brought in critically ill and died a few minutes after admission.

“Following the history of the sickness, as was revealed by relatives, samples were collected for COVID-19 testing.

“She died as COVID-19 suspected cases.

“The test result returned positive, and as such, we have another COVID -19 related death making a total of three in the state.

“All remaining eight new cases have since been evacuated for further treatment at our isolation facilities,’’ Apoku said.

According to him, all their contacts are being listed and adequately followed up, including necessary environmental decontamination.

“Samples have and are still being collected from their high-risk contacts while they have all been counselled on self-quarantine.’’

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Nigeria Update

Governor Bello lifts lockdown, insists Kogi is COVID-19 free



COVID-19: Bello orders two weeks total lockdown in Kabba/Bunu LGA

The lockdown imposed on Kabba-Bunu Local Government Area of the state over suspected cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), has been lifted by the Kogi state government.

Governor Yahaya Bello who made the announcement at the Government House in Lokoja on Friday, June 5, said the decision of lifting the lockdown in the local government area was reached after samples which were tested came back negative.

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The Governor who insisted that Kogi state still remains a COVID-19-free state urged residents of the state to observe protocols of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to curb the spread of the disease.

This is coming days after the NCDC announced that two Coronavirus cases were confirmed in the state. Dino Melaye also confirmed this by revealing that he knows one of the patients.

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