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Coronavirus: Intensive fumigation of the State House, Buhari’s offices begins

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Intensive fumigation of the State House has begun.

Fumigation experts arrived at the Villa at about 9.30 am to commence the exercise, which a source said would cover all the offices and environment of the Presidential Villa.

Findings indicated that as of 11.15 am, the experts were already in the main building housing the offices of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the floors, corridors and major pathways.

“These people are not from Villa. They came from outside from the town (Abuja city). They are dressed in complete white overalls, masked and wear other protective gears.

“The dressing is similar to how the National Centre for Disease Control people wear their protective gears,” an official said a few minutes ago.

Recall that human traffic in and out of the Villa was scaled down beginning from Tuesday in a bid to address the raging Coronavirus pandemic, that had also infected some regime top officials.

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The Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, the first confirmed Villa case, is already in quarantine.

Three of his aides also allegedly confirmed, though, till date, the Villa has yet to officially confirm Kyari’s Covid -19 status.

On Monday, Buhari himself tested negative, while Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo also turned in a negative test result on Wednesday.

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Investigations showed that the Presidential Task Force on Covid -19 Pandemic headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, had asked all persons who came in direct contact with Kyari, to proceed on self-isolation.

The long list includes ministers, governors, other top political office holders and members of staff of the Villa.

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JUST IN: Nasarawa Attorney General tests positive for COVID-19

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Nasarawa Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Abdulkarim Kana, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Commissioner for health, Pharmacist Yahaya Ahmed, confirmed the incident to The Nation in a telephone interview in Lafia, the state capital.

He said:

“Yes I’m aware. I can confirm that, however he is in self isolation at home and is in a stable and clear condition. We are taking care of him.”

The Attorney General is a member of the State Task Force on COVID-19.

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Africa urged to test more as coronavirus cases exceed 500,000

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African countries must carry out more coronavirus testing and make people use masks, a regional disease control body said on Thursday as cases topped half a million in the continent.

New cases in Africa were up 24% over the past week, with data from governments and the World Health Organization showing it had 512,499 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 11,930 deaths.

“The pandemic is gaining full momentum,” John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a virtual news briefing from Addis Ababa.

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Nkengasong said African countries, many of which do not have reliable data, must adopt an aggressive approach to encourage the wearing of face masks and ramp up testing and tracing.

“This will save lives and save (the) economy.”

Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Algeria account for 71% of infections on the continent, Nkengasong said.

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Some governments have been reluctant to acknowledge epidemics or to expose crumbling health systems to outside scrutiny, while others are either too poor or conflict-ridden to carry out significant testing.

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Nkengasong said it was inevitable that as cases rise, hospitals will become overwhelmed.

“That is something that is happening already. We will continue to see it as the pandemic expands,” he added.

Although many have also started gradually easing lockdowns to reopen hard-hit economies, governments are conscious that opening up too quickly could lead to a spike in new cases.

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The African Union Commission said on Thursday it had launched a consortium for vaccine clinical trials to be headed by the Africa CDC, which aimed to secure more than 10 late-stage vaccine clinical trials as early as possible.

South Africa and Egypt are already running human trials for a potential vaccine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COVID-19 cases in Nigeria hits more than 30,000 with 460 new cases

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The  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 460 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 30,249.

Also, the death toll from the virus has hit 684, as 15 new deaths were reported on Wednesday.

There was a drop in the number of confirmed cases reported Wednesday compared to what was reported on Tuesday (503).

The health agency in a tweet said the 460 new cases were reported in 21 states including Lagos, Rivers, Oyo, Delta, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Anambra, Kano, Plateau, Edo, Bayelsa, Enugu, Osun, Kwara, Borno, Ogun, Kaduna, Imo, Bauchi, Gombe, Niger, and Adamawa.

All the reporting states already had at least a case of the virus.

As of the time of reporting, all 36 states and the FCT have recorded at least a case of the disease.

Lagos State remains the epicentre for the disease with the highest number of confirmed cases and deaths in the country, while Zamfara has not reported any new confirmed case in the past 51 days.

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The other five states with the highest number of confirmed cases are FCT, Oyo, Edo, Delta, and Kano State.

The 460 new cases were reported from 21 states: Lagos – 150, Rivers – 49, Oyo – 43, Delta – 38, FCT – 26, Anambra – 20, Kano – 20, Plateau – 18, Edo – 14, Bayelsa – 13, Enugu – 13, Osun – 12, Kwara – 10, Borno – 8, Ogun – 7, Kaduna – 6, Imo – 4, Bauchi – 3, Gombe – 3, Niger – 2 and Adamawa – 1.

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