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COVID-19: Inflation hits prices of food commodities in FCT


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Prices of food items have shut-up in some parts of the Federal Capital Territory due to the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the globe in recent times.

A market survey conducted at Lugbe, a satellite town in Abuja, on Monday by newsmen indicated an upsurge in prices of many staple foods.

Mr Abel Ikechukwu, who sells bags of rice, told newsmen that the COVID-19 pandemic had really impacted on the price of rice in the FCT.

According to Ikechukwu, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a bag of locally produced rice was selling at N14,500 and is now N19,500.

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He said the price of imported rice, previously selling between N22,000 and N23,000 now sells at N30,500.

He further said that with the government’s lockdown order, prices of food commodities would continue to rise.

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Mrs Chioma Peters, a garri dealer, corroborated Ikechukwu’s view, saying COVID-19 scare was largely responsible for hike in the prices of food items in markets.

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Peters said that the price of a bag of garri (fried cassava flour), hitherto selling for N13,000, now sells at N16,000.

She said that it was quite pathetic and that if the situation escalated or became prolonged, there could be untold hardship and hunger in the land.

Isah Kabiru, who sells beans, said the COVID-19 pandemic had brought hardship to the common man “as food items witnessed a price increase’’.

Kabiru said that a bag of beans, which previously sold at N16,500 now costs N18,000.

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Mr Isaiah Nkereuwem, a resident of Lugbe community, said the price of everything had gone up.

“Even a bag of sachet water that we normally buy at N100 is now selling at between N120 and N150, depending on the brand,’’ Nkereuwem said.

He also said that people who hawked water in trolleys had increased their prices.

“As at this morning, I bought four containers of 25 litres at the rate of N200 as against the normal N100,’’ Nkereuwem said.










Lockdown: Abubakar Rimi Market, Kano. loses over N15m revenue



The management of the Abubakar Rimi Market, Kano, says it has lost over N15 million in revenue since the lockdown of the state aimed at curbing COVID-19 spread.

Mr. Muhammad Bashir, the market’s Director of Administration and General Services, gave the figure while addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Kano.

“As a result of this loss, we cannot even pay our staff salaries; we pay our staff from the revenue we generate.

“Every month, we generate over N12 million out of which we normally spend over N8 million as workers’ salaries,” he said.

Bashir said that huge business activities in the market were making social distancing difficult.

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The director said that the management of the market had, however, received over 20,000 face masks from the Kano State Government for distribution to traders and customers to reduce COVID-19 spread.

Bashir appealed to the state government to assist the management with funds to enable it to pay workers’ salaries.

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The director said that payment of workers’ salaries would reduce hardship induced by the 45-day-old lockdown.

He hailed the state government’s efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Covid-19: WHO set to resume hydroxychloroquine trials



Covid-19: WHO set to resume hydroxychloroquine trials

The World Health Organization says it will resume its trial of hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug backed by President Donald Trump to combat the deadly coronavirus, according to CNBC reports.

The Data Safety Monitoring Board decided there was no reason to discontinue the international trial after reviewing available data on the drug, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press conference Wednesday at the agency’s Geneva headquarters.

“The executive group received this recommendation and endorsed the continuation of all arms of solidarity trial including hydroxychloroquine,” he said.

On May 25, WHO announced it had temporarily suspended its trial of the drug over safety concerns. The announcement came days after a study published in the medical journal The Lancet, which is now being reexamined, found that hospitalized Covid-19 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine had a higher risk of death than those who didn’t take it.

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The move by the agency spurred French drugmaker Sanofi and others to temporarily suspend recruitment their own trials looking at the drug.

Tedros said Wednesday that the safety board will continue to closely monitor the safety of all therapeutics being tested in its trials, which include more than 3,500 patients across 35 countries.

“WHO is committed to accelerating the development of effective therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics as part of our commitment to serving the world with science, solutions and solidarity,” he said.


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JUST IN: Nigeria records 348 coronavirus cases, total now 11,166



Nigeria has recorded new Coronavirus cases with the NCDC announcing 348 new cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

Newsone Nigeria reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 348 new Coronavirus cases in a tweet on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Wednesday evening, June 2.

This burgeoning online news platform understands that the NCDC noted that of the 348 COVID-19 cases recorded on Wednesday evening, 163 were detected in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city, FCT-76 Ebonyi-23 Rivers-21 Delta-8 Nasarawa-8 Niger-8 Enugu-6 Bauchi-5 Edo-5 Ekiti-5 Ondo-5 Gombe-5 Benue-4 Ogun-2 Osun-1 Plateau-1 Kogi-1 Anambra-1, southeast Nigeria.

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To be continued……

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