The Senate Vice-Chairman Committee on Trade and Investment, Senator Francis Fadahunsi, has called on the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to make sure that all members and chairman of the Governing Board of University College Hospital Ibadan begin self-isolation immediately.
Fadahunsi, who said this in an interview with our correspondent in Lagos on Monday said the person who infected the UCH team ” is a regular visitor to Abba Kyari.”
The Chief Medical Director of UCH, Prof Jesse Otegbayo, had announced that he and his deputy tested positive for COVID-19.
He said he attended a board meeting where one of the persons in attendance shows symptoms of the rampaging virus.
The senator said to ensure that the contact did not spread the virus further, he and all the people he had direct contact with should proceed on isolation immediately.
He said openness and discipline to do what is right made China defeat the virus at Wuhan, its epicentre.
He also called on the Department of State Services to get the manifest of the plane the person boarded from Abuja to Ibadan to attend the meeting as well as his driver and those who served refreshments during the meeting.
Fadahunsi said, ” There is a great danger ahead of us. We cannot tackle this virus this way and win. There is no stigma about this thing, world leaders have come out to say they have it and they are being treated.
“So we should Not hide this thing. The man is a regular visitor to the Presidency. He visited the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari regularly and he must have contracted it from him.
“He went to Ibadan for the board meeting. The DSS should get the passenger manifest and trace all those who boarded the plane with him. He was driven to UCH by a driver and a security escort was in the car.
“I investigated and was told that the man sneezed almost all through the meeting. He has infected more than the three persons we were told. We need to do something before the situation becomes worse.”
The senator said the slow reaction to close the borders was responsible for the increasing cases of coronavirus in the country.
He added that the worse thing was that there were not enough laboratories in the country, saying the number of cases might be more than the official figure.
The lawmaker also faulted the movement restriction imposed on Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari.
He said the restriction was illegal because Buhari did not gt the approval of the National Assembly before taken the unilateral decision to shut down the states and Federal Capital Territory.
COVID-19: Anambra to fine face masks defaulters N10,000
The Anambra State Government will fine any resident who fails to wear a face mask the sum of N10,000.
This was disclosed by Governor Willie Obiano in a state-wide broadcast to the people of the state.
Obiano also warned traders in the state to keep to the COVID -19 rules or he would shut down the market again.
“We have 69 individuals on home quarantine and two individuals in the facility based quarantine.
“We shall continue to push back at this pandemic until we have reduced its presence in Anambra State.
“We are ramping up our testing capacity to ensure that we slow down the spread of this pandemic in our dear state.
“The Covid-19 Committees that we have set up in wards and local governments across Anambra State are helping us in driving the campaign to every nook and cranny of the state.
He said he had signed the COVID-19 Bill into law, adding that it was now an offence to be seen in the public without a face mask.
“The offence attracts a fine of N10,000 or some hours of community service. I would like to re-emphasize that my administration is determined to enforce this law, adding
“The information we received from different quarters indicate that our people have started lowering their guard on the COVID-19 protocols.
“I have it on good authority that traders in various markets no longer comply with the enforcement of the wearing of face masks and the washing of hands.
” I want to warn that we may consider shutting down the markets if this trend is not halted with immediate effect.
“I have also received similar reports from churches and other religious groups in the state most of whom have discarded the wearing of face masks.
” I urge the leadership of all religious bodies in Anambra State to ensure compliance with the standard protocols of COVID-19 without further delay.”
Covid-19: Brazil records largest daily increase in deaths
Brazil, on Tuesday, recorded its largest daily increase in deaths related to the novel coronavirus, data by the country’s Health Ministry showed.
The country confirmed 1,262 new virus-related deaths, bringing the total toll to 31,199, according to the latest official figures.
Tuesday’s daily jump was the steepest since the first victim was confirmed on March 17, the data showed, surpassing the record set on May 21 of 1,188 deaths in a day.
The ministry also reported almost 29,000 new infections for a total of 555,383 cases.
After the United States, Brazil is the country with the highest number of officially recorded infections worldwide.
Brazil’s death toll is in fourth place globally, behind the U.S., Britain and Italy, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University in the U.S.
Seeing as the biggest nation in Latin America is carrying out relatively low levels of testing, the real figure is likely significantly higher.
There have been at least 29,314 coronavirus deaths so far in the country.
In many cities in Brazil, hospitals have reached capacity.
Authorities have set up makeshift clinics in football stadiums.
Meanwhile, a dispute between President Jair Bolsonaro, several governors and congress has paralysed the country.
Right-wing populist leader, Bolsonaro, sees the COVID-19 lung disease as a “mild flu” and has rejected protective measures.
But many state leaders have put in place their own restrictions on movement and public life to stem the spread of the virus.
On Sunday, clashes were reported between Bolsonaro supporters, anti-government protesters and the Police in several Brazilian cities.
COVID-19: Bauchi deputy governor tests positive
The Deputy Governor of Bauchi state, Mr Baba Tela, has tested positive to the novel Coronavirus, a statement issued by the state government revealed on Wednesday.
The statement, signed by Mr Muktar Gidado, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on media to the state governor, indicated that test by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the development.
According to Gidado, Tela, who is also the Chairman, State Task Force Committee on COVID-19, was tested after exhibiting noticeable symptoms of the virus, adding that all his primary contacts had been taken for screening.
“This is to inform the general public that His Excellency, Sen. Baba Tela, Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, was confirmed positive of Coronavirus.
“The confirmation was sequel to a test carried out on him by NCDC when he exhibited noticeable symptoms of the disease.
“He contracted the disease while discharging his onerous responsibility as Chairman of the State Committee on COVID-19.
“Consequently, he has gone into self-isolation in Bauchi and health professionals are properly managing his situation.
“Similarly, samples of all his primary contacts have been taken by NCDC for tests and they are advised to remain in isolation pending the outcome of their results,” Gidado said.
The SSA further stressed that Gov. Bala Mohammad had sympathised with his deputy and solicited for prayers from all for his speedy recovery.
He said that the governor also called on the citizens to adhere strictly to the protocols against the dreaded virus to curtail its spread in the State.
Newsmen report that Bauchi state, as at Tuesday, June 2, had recorded a total 241 cases of COVID-19, out of which 221 had been discharged while eight had died.
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