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Coronavirus outbreak not pandemic, WHO says

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the coronavirus outbreak is not yet pandemic, but a global public health emergency.

Coronavirus has claimed 425 lives, with more than 20,000 reported cases in China and 158 cases outside that country.

WHO, which stated this at a news conference on Tuesday in Geneva, said the agency was hopeful that that the virus would be contained.

The UN agency acknowledged that it was challenging to contain the virus because of global mass movement.

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It explained that the virus was currently considered to be an epidemic with multiple locations.

“We are not in a pandemic,” Dr Sylvie Briand, Director of the World Health Organisation’s Infectious Hazards Management Department, said.

“We will try to extinguish the transmission in each of these,” she said, adding that the agency believes this “can be done with containment measures currently in place.”

“Current control measures in place include early case detection, early isolation and treatment of cases, contact tracing and social detention measures in places where there is risk of transmission.

“ These are the core elements of any outbreak response and might be enough to stop an infection from spreading,” the official was quoted as saying.

According to WHO, there is a “window of opportunity” to stop the deadly new coronavirus becoming a broader global crisis.

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WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the steps China took to fight the virus at its epicentre were a good way of stopping its spread.

The praise comes as Chinese officials have been widely criticised for their initial handling of the outbreak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Man pens emotional tribute to his deceased dog

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A Nigerian man identified as Andre Tha Mage on the micro-blogging platform, Twitter, has mourned his dog Douglas Brown in a heartwarming way.

This comes as little or no surprise as, a dog they say, is man’s best friend.

When a close friend passes on, it is only right that last respects are paid in honour of the dead, which is what has been done in the case of Andre Tha Mage and his dog friend.

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In a tweet he made on Saturday, August 1, Andre revealed that Brown had taken ill.

However, days later, he said that the dog finally passed away, adding that death brought an end to their “8 years of friendship and loyalty”.

Andre thanked his late pet for being an excellent listener to issues he couldn’t tell anyone else other than his furry friend. While penning an emotional tribute, the dog lover added that he would also not forget the bite scars Brown gave him as he said that his love for the dog is forever.

“Thank you for the 8 years of friendship and loyalty, thanks for listening to me when I couldn’t express myself to anyone, I won’t forget the scars from your bite as well, love you forever buddyPleading face❤

RIP Douglas Brown 2012 – 2020.” he wrote.

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JUST IN: Governing Council sack UNILAG Vice Chancellor

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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Olawatoyin Ogundipe, has been sacked by the governing council of the institution.

His removal was announced during a meeting of the Governing Council of the institution which held at the National Universities Commission (NUC) building in Abuja today.

Seven members voted for the removal of Ogundipe (UNILAG Vice-Chancellor) while four voted against. One of the members voted that he should rather be placed on suspension.

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The meeting was presided over by its Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN).

Recall that the council chairman, Babalakin and the UNILAG Vice-Chancellor, Prof Toyin Ogundipe, have been at loggerheads over some issues relating to the running of the school.

The face-off led to the last-minute suspension of this year’s graduation ceremonies of the school.

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Based on the development, ASUU, UNILAG chapter under the leadership of Dr Dele Ashiru, held a Congress where Babalakin was declared unwelcomed on campus.

When the Council attempted to hold a meeting a few weeks ago, ASUU also fixed its congress for the foyer of the Council Chambers and the Council called off it’s meeting due to that.

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As a fallout of the matter, four senior professors in the school including Prof. Lai Olurode issued a statement lambasting ASUU’s stance and saying that the action amounted to overzealousness on the part of the union.

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Student who created Goodluck Jonathan’s parody account, freed after 82 days in detention

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Olusola Babatunde, the final year student of Ladoke Akintola University and social media influencer who was arrested for creating a parody Twitter account of former President, Goodluck Jonathan has been released after spending 82 days in detention.

Media personality and Convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore announced his release via Twitter.

He tweeted;

#FreeShola has just been released from @PoliceNG detention in Abuja after more than 2 months for creating a parody account in the name of ex-President @GEJonathan, the former Pres. has also agreed to discontinue the bogus criminal trial. G-thanks to all! #RevolutionNow

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Recounting his experience while in detention, Olusola said;

 “There was no social distancing in detention. I guess the people in the cells are exceptional. It is like COVID-19 doesn’t infect them and this is despite the fact that new suspects are brought in every day without testing.

“However, we had an incident just once. There was a Chinese man who was a gold miner who fell ill. He was taken to a hospital and tested positive for COVID-19, so he was hurriedly released.

“He was in the Force Intelligence Bureau department so only the suspects in that cell were tested. We were all at risk of getting infected with COVID-19.

“It wasn’t easy. I spent 82 days in detention, and I was transferred to three different cells. I wore the same clothes for 82 days.”

The student who expressed disappointment that he was arrested despite being one of Goodluck Jonathan’s biggest supporters, added;

“The funny thing is that I even tweeted good things about Goodluck Jonathan a few weeks before my arrest. I said Jonathan’s administration was better than that of the current president. So, I was shocked but this is Nigeria.”

When asked if he was still a fan of Jonathan, Olusola jokingly said “May God help us.”

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