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COVID-19: Imo Speaker orders Lawmaker out of plenary for sneezing

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COVID-19: Imo Speaker orders Lawmaker out of plenary for sneezing

The speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Collins Chiji has ordered the member representing Nkwerre State Constituency, Mr Obinna Okwara to leave the hallowed chambers when he suddenly started coughing and sneezing during the plenary.

This came as the speaker also has advised the member representing Owerri North State Constituency, Mr Philip Ejiogu to observe strict self-isolation following his recent return from the United Kingdom.

At the House’s last plenary for the week, Mr Okwara’s sudden sneezing caused pandemonium as his colleagues who sat close to him started shifting away from him.

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Other lawmakers in the chambers quickly reached out for their nose masks and handkerchiefs and wore them.

When the sneezing became very constant and started distracting the proceedings at the plenary, the speaker ordered Okwara out of plenary, advising him to check himself properly.

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The lawmaker was seen walking into his office and never came back to the plenary afterwards.

Earlier on Tuesday, the speaker also ordered the member representing Owerri North State Constituency, Mr Philip Ejiogu to observe strict self-isolation following his return from the United Kingdom recently.

Ejiogu had returned to the country last week after he had visited the United Kingdom.

He joined his colleagues during the plenary and was seen hugging his colleagues, especially Amara Iwuanyanwu and Uche Ogbuagu who were elected the deputy speaker and majority leader of the house respectively.

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According to the speaker, the lawmaker may have been exposed to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) during his visit to London.

Chiji explained during the plenary that the lawmaker may have come in contact with one of the confirmed cases in the United Kingdom, where the virus is spreading faster.

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 387 new COVID-19 cases, total now 10162 cases

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Nigeria’s total confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) have risen to 10,162.

According to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, 307 new cases were recorded on Sunday with Lagos recording the highest number of 188 as usual.

Also, 13 other states and FCT recorded new cases while 3,007 patients have been treated and discharged.

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Prompt News reports that 14 new deaths were added on Sunday, bringing the total fatalities to 287.

“307 new cases of #COVID19;

Lagos-188
FCT-44
Ogun-19
Kaduna-14
Oyo-12
Bayelsa-9
Gombe-5
Kano-3
Delta-3
Imo-2
Rivers-2
Niger-2
Bauchi-2
Plateau-1
Kwara-1

“10162 cases of #COVID19Nigeria
Discharged: 3007,/Deaths: 287

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Bayelsa confirms first COVID-19 death

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The Bayelsa State Government has confirmed the death of a Coronavirus patient from complications linked to the disease.

The Director of Public Health in the state’s ministry of health and member of the state’s COVID-19 task force committee, Dr Jones Stowe who confirmed the death of the patient said the deceased is one of the two military personnel who was among the new cases announced in the state a few days ago.

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Daily Trust reported that the deceased died after suffering from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and other related complications days after testing positive for Coronavirus.

Bayelsa state has so far recorded 12 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.

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COVID-19: Monarch seeks lockdown extension

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The Chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers told the Federal Government on Sunday to extend the current lockdown as the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria nears the 10,000 mark.

Eze Samuel Ohiri made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, saying the lockdown extension was necessary to avert the rapid spread of the deadly virus in rural communities.

Nigeria has currently recorded 9,855 confirmed cases of the virus, 553 of which were recorded in the past 24 hours.

Two hundred and seventy-five deaths have also been recorded with 2,856 people discharged after recovering from the disease, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

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On March 4, President Muhammadu Buhari announced a nationwide lockdown to check the spread of the virus and extended the lockdown on May 4.

Ohiri, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Hi-Tech Diagnostics Ltd., noted that the lockdown had isolated the deadly virus to only metropolitan areas.

“Any plan to relax the lockdown at this time is not advisable because it will trigger community transmission from the metropolitan areas to rural areas.

“Nigeria at the moment has lost over 200 lives to COVID-19 and we cannot afford to lose more. So let government not relax the lockdown for now.”

The monarch also lauded the Federal Government’s efforts so far in containing the virus, urging State Governments to sustain the restriction on inter-state movements.

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According to him, as soon the lockdown is lifted, inter-state movements will commence and community transmission will set in.

“A country like Ghana recorded unprecedented 60 per cent increase in COVID-19 infections after relaxing their lockdown.

“This disease is very deadly that even the survivors still suffer damage of one organ or the order, especially the lungs.”

The royal father, however, described speculations of conspiracy theory on COVID-19 as unfounded rumours, saying that proper education was required to prepare people against the virus.

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He emphasised the imperative of collective responsibility in the fight against the virus, saying that total adherence to safety measures was key to reducing spread.

Ohiri disclosed that his firm had manufactured testing kits for COVID-19 and that the kits were capable of showing results in five minutes.

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