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Covid-19: Nigerians abusing chloroquine

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The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force [PTF] on Covid-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has said Nigerians are abusing chloroquine, a touted cure for coronavirus.

Mustapha said the government had received reports of abuse and misuse of chloroquine as a cure for coronavirus.

He said,

“Through the surveillance system set up by the PTF, we have received reports that Nigerians have been purchasing hydroxychloroquine in large quantities.

“We wish to reiterate that this drug has not been certified for use in treating COVID-19 in Nigeria by the relevant health and pharmaceutical authorities. Self-medication of any kind is fraught with the danger of increasing risks of avoidable casualties.

“We, therefore strongly warn against self-medication. If you are sick, please seek medical advice and if you are confirmed positive, kindly self-isolate in an approved facility. The COVID-19 is highly infectious and dangerous.”

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Uber signals recovery in rides as lockdown restrictions ease

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Uber Technologies Inc said on Wednesday trip requests were gradually picking up, but still remained significantly below prior-year levels, as several countries start to lift coronavirus-led restrictions.

Trip requests are now down about 70 percent from a year earlier, slightly lesser than April’s 80 percent drop, Chief Executive Officer, Dara Khosrowshahi, said in a conference with Bank of America analysts.

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He said the company’s rides business is improving on a week-over-week basis.

He added that the surge in food-delivery orders at Uber Eats recorded in the first quarter, showed no signs of slowing in May, easing concerns of investors who thought it could be a one-off trend during the pandemic.

Ridership in Hong Kong, which has been one of the most successful cities in the world containing the novel coronavirus outbreak, has recovered more than 80 percent from its coronavirus-driven lows, Khosrowshahi said.

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Rival Lyft Inc also signaled a rebound in ridership on Tuesday, saying rides on its platform rose 26 percent in May from the previous month.

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Rivers may demolish markets for flouting COVID-19 directives, says Commissioner

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The Rivers Government warned on Wednesday that some markets in the state might be demolished for flouting the order of the government that trading should stop at the markets because of COVID-19.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Paulinus Nsirim, gave the warning in a statement issued in Port Harcourt.

He lamented that traders had continued to flout the government’s directives that markets should be shut, due to rising cases of the coronavirus in the state.

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Nsirim said that five markets in the state might be shut down permanently for flouting the directives. He did not elaborate.

“The Rivers Government wishes to draw the attention of the general public that Mbiama Market has been closed down.

“Any attempt to continue trading activities at Mbiama Market will lead to complete demolition of the market.

The commissioner named Oginigba Market and two others as markets notorious for disobeying Gov. Nyesom Wike that the markets should be closed.

“The government warns that anybody who goes to Oginigba Market for any form of business will face the full wrath of the law.

“Similarly, Oil Mill Market has been closed and as such all those using Igbo-Etche Road as an alternative market are warned to desist forthwith or risk the destruction of their goods.

“Government has not approved any goat market at the Eleme/Ahoada stretch of the East-West road in the state.”

Nsirim directed authorities of Emohua and Ahoada-East Councils to shut down the goat market in the area immediately.

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Buhari greets former Gov. Alao Akala at 70

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President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with former Oyo State Governor, Christopher Alao-Akala, on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

In a congratulatory message released by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday, the President saluted the Ogbomoso-born grassroots politician.

He lauded him for the ability to blend with all classes of society, and touching lives positively.

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President Buhari felicitated with the family, friends, and political associates of the former governor, wishing him long life, good health, and greater service to his people and motherland.

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