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COVID-19: RCCG holds April Holy Ghost Service online, restricts commercial activities at Redemption Camp

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The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has announced that the much-awaited monthly Holy Ghost Service for April 3, 2020 will now be held online following government’s directives on the closure of all worship centres in Ogun State and other states over the Coronavirus pandemic.

Head, Media & Public Relations, RCCG, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, in an online statement made available to all parishes and members of the mission late Thursday, also disclosed that the Thursday, April 2 Holy Communion Service preceding the Holy Ghost Service will be transmitted on Dove TV and other media platforms across the globe.

He, therefore, urged all members of the RCCG mission to hook up and participate in the online services as led by the head of the mission.

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The April Holy Ghost Service, as earlier announced by the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, is specially designed for children against diseases associated with the season and was themed: “Let There Be Part 4.

Meanwhile, the mission has rolled out more control measures to mitigate the spread of the scourge among dwellers at the Redemption Camp.

According to him,

“We wish to call the attention of all to the following directives which take effect from midnight of Thursday, March 26, 2020:

“The main Gate is restricted to people with Camp Dwellers I.D card

“All tricycles (Keke NAPEP) will be off the streets for 7 days.

“The Health Centre and the Maternity Centre will remain opened to attend to emergencies.

“The Canaan Market and all stalls are hereby shut for 7 days except for those selling food, water, pharmaceutical and allied items.

“The Hospitality units shall suspend their services for the next 7 days.

“Construction activities in every part of the are hereby shut down.

“Anyone coming to the Camp for prayers/counselling is advised to call any of the following Prayer lines: 0809 533 3525, 0809 953 3478, 0809 953 3479, 0811 240 3518, 0811 905 0799, 08033440631, 08101204546.

“It is expected that all camp dwellers will, as usual, co-operate with and assist the Security Personnel in their efforts to keep the Camp safe and healthy for all.

“The April 2020 Holy Communion Service will hold on Thursday, April 2, 2020, though each member is expected to prepare and take the Communion in their homes with our Daddy, Pastor E.A. Adeboye leading us in the service on the Dove tv and other platforms of the Mission.

“The April Holy Ghost Service will also be transmitted via the Dove TV and other media platforms of the Mission from 7 pm on April 3, 2020.

“We will keep you abreast of developments as they unfold. Our Redeemer is strong.”

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

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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

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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

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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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