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COVID-19 lockdown: Ilorin Emirate youths distribute food items to the needy


COVID-19 lockdown: Ilorin Emirate youths distribute food items to the needy

The Ilorin Emirate Youth Development Association (IEYDA), on Sunday, distributed food items to more than 200 people in Ilorin, as palliative a measure to the effect of the sit-at-home directive in Kwara.

The distribution of the items, according to the President of the association, Alhaji Babatunde Salaudeen, was in line with the organisation’s emergency food response on COVID-19.

“We deemed it fit to assist our people in this crisis period because the people of the emirate have complied with the sit-at-home directive of the government, which is aimed at guiding against the spread of COVID-19.

“Our people need assistance because many live from hand to mouth, and since they are not going out, we must provide for them so that they can have something to eat while at home,” he said.

The president explained that the objective of the association was to cater for the welfare of the people of the emirate.

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Salaudeen commended the well-meaning individuals and philanthropists in the society who had provided the association with the foods, urging others to emulate their gesture.

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He said that the foods were distributed in compliance with the social distancing directive of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“We have taken it to them because we want to do it in compliance with the directive and precautionary measures of the NCDC, particularly the social distancing.

“This is going to be a continuous exercise, as we are going to give them food items until the government asks them to come out to attend to their needs.

“When more foods are coming in, we continue to distribute them to the needy,” he assured.

The union leader called on government at all levels to provide palliative measures and precautionary kits for the downtrodden to further curtail the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Reports gathered also say that the items distributed included rice, beans, spaghetti, noodles, garri, semovita and detergents, among others.

They further report that the beneficiaries were drawn from the five local government areas that make up the emirate.







Ogun set to resume normal business, eases lockdown



Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, on Thursday, announced the plan to ease the eight-week lockdown against COVID-19 pandemic to allow normal businesses to operate from Monday to Friday.

Abiodun told journalists in Abeokuta that the ease of the lockdown will take effect from June 1.

According to him, the ease would be allowed between 6.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays while the lockdown would still be in force on Saturdays and Sundays.

“This second phase has two major elements of further relaxation of the restrictions and expansion in the number of days, in contrast to the current three days of Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

“This new phase opens up all the five working days in the week.

“In addition, there will be no time restriction from Monday to Friday, with the exception of the curfew period from 8.00 p.m. or as may be directed by the President.

“Let no one make a mistake; from all available data and simulations, we are yet to reach our peak.

“Consequently, the further easing of the lockdown is not a license to believe that all is over,’’ the governor said.

He also said that it was important to note that the current ease of the lockdown should not be taken to mean that the COVID-19 pandemic was over.

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The governor reminded residents that the ban on religious activities was still in force.

He added that the government would, by next week, finalized the guidelines for lifting the ban on religious activities.

“Gyms, event centers, cinemas, arcades, bars, casinos, nightclubs, swimming pools, barber-shops, spas, beauty salons, and all public parks, including those in private residential estates will not be allowed, even during this new phase of relaxation,’’ he said.

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Kogi rejects NCDC’s claim of recording COVID-19 cases in the state



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The Kogi state government has rejected the new data from the Nigeria Center for Disease Center NCDC that states that two confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the state.

The NCDC in its data released for Wednesday, May 27, said two cases of Coronavirus have been recorded in the state that was hitherto free of the disease.

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However, in a statement released this morning, the Kogi State Commissioner of Health, Saka Haruna Audu, said the state government has developed “full testing capacity” and “conducted hundreds of tests” which have come back negative.

The government says they would not be a party to any ”fictitious COVID-19 claims”

“Kogi State till this very moment is Covid-19 free. We have developed full testing capacity and have conducted hundreds of tests so far which have come back negative.

“We have also continued to insist that we will not be a party to any fictitious COVID-19 claims which is why we do not recognise any COVID-19 test conducted by any Kogite outside the boundaries of the State except those initiated by us.

“Any attempt to force us to announce a case of COVID-19 will be vehemently rejected.” he said

The commissioner asked residents of the state to continue to take all necessary precautions to prevent a spread of the disease.

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COVID-19: Saudi Arabia set to re-open Mosques, announce date



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The interior ministry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced a series of measures that will be activated to end the nationwide coronavirus curfew lockdown in the country.

The country announced on Tuesday that it will end its nationwide coronavirus curfew from June 21, except in the holy city of Mecca.

Naija News understands the decision is coming after more than two months of stringent restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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According to the country’s interior ministry quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency, prayers will be allowed to resume in all mosques outside Mecca from May 31.

The ministry said it will begin easing restrictions in a phased manner this week, with the curfew relaxed between 6 am and 3 pm between Thursday and Saturday.

From Sunday until June 20, the curfew will be further eased until 8 pm, the ministry added.

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The kingdom will lift the lockdown entirely from June 21.

“Starting from Thursday, the kingdom will enter a new phase (in dealing with the pandemic) and will gradually return to normal based on the rules of social distancing,” Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said on Monday.

In March, Saudi Arabia suspended the year-round “umrah” pilgrimage over fears of the disease spreading in Islam’s holiest cities.

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That suspension will remain in place, the interior ministry said.

Authorities are yet to announce whether they will proceed with this year’s hajj – scheduled for late July – but they have urged Muslims to temporarily defer preparations for the annual pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia has reported around 75,000 coronavirus infections and some 400 deaths from COVID-19.

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