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JUST IN: FG receives 292 evacuees from Saudi Arabia

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JUST IN: FG receives 292 evacuees from Saudi Arabia

The Federal Government on Tuesday said they have received a batch of 292 stranded Nigerians from Saudi Arabia.

The evacuees with a large number of nursing mother and children were flown to Abuja.

Already, the country has successful evacuated Nigerians from United Arab Emirate (265); United Kingdom (253) and the United States (160).

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The latest returnees bring to 970 the total number of stranded Nigerians who have been evacuated.

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According to the verified twitter handle of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, the returnees are doing well and have all settled down in hotels for the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

“We received 292 evacuees stranded in Saudi Arabia yesterday. The Saudi Government transported them to Abuja. A large number are nursing mothers and children and they are all comfortably settled in hotels under the mandatory 14 days quarantine,” he tweeted.

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Active COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria fall below 1,000

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The number of active COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria has dropped below 1,000 for the first time since April 25, the country’s Health Ministry said on its website on Saturday morning.

The number of active cases in the Balkan country decreased to 980 after 41 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed across the country in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 2,668, while the number of recoveries from COVID-19 rose by 138 to 1,528, the ministry said.

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The death toll from COVID-19 rose from 159 to 160, the ministry said.

It added that 147 patients are currently hospitalized, with 12 in intensive care.

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Lagos accredits three private hospitals for COVID-19 treatment

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Lagos State Government has accredited three private hospitals to manage COVID-19 cases in the state.

A statement from the Lagos State Ministry of Health quoted the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, as disclosing this at a news briefing to give situation report on COVID-19 management in the state.

Abayomi stressed that one of the accredited private hospitals is already admitting patients, adding that the other two will soon start admission and management of patients.

He said, “They have passed the biosecurity compliance test. They have made modifications to their hospitals so that their staff and other patients are not put in danger or exposed to a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

“Those private hospitals have passed the test and we are just in the process of issuing them with accreditation certificate so that they can start managing COVID19 patients in the private sector.

“However, even if they are managing COVID19 in the private sector, it still comes under the supervision of the Lagos State Government Ministry of Health.

“Also, information about every patient managed by the hospitals must be made available to us so that we can record it in our database.

“COVID-19 remains a public crisis and all public crises are managed and supervised by the Lagos state government and by extension the federal government of Nigeria,” Abayomi said.

The names of the private facilities were not given in a copy of the press release obtained by our correspondent.

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Meanwhile, Abayomi described as illegal the management of COVID-19 patients by private facilities in the state without the knowledge and approval of the government.

The commissioner stressed that every COVID-19 patient in the state must be known to the government for adequate data capturing.

He said, “If you are managing COVID-19 without government permission and we are not capturing your cases in our database, you are performing an illegal act, according to the laws of Lagos State.

“So, if you want to manage COVID-19 in Lagos State, we are not saying you cannot. All you need to do is to submit an application and we will visit your facility to ensure that you have the required equipment and specialised personnel to manage COVID-19 cases. If you can demonstrate that you can do all these, then we will give you the approval to manage the disease.”

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COVID-19 has claimed 42 per cent of Nigerian jobs, NBS says

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COVID-19: The pandemic has claimed 42 per cent of Nigerian jobs- NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said that 42 per cent of Nigerian employees have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The bureau, in a report just published, said the economic shock imposed on Nigerians by the pandemic exceeds whatever they may have experienced between 2017 and 2018.

The states are pressing ahead with their relaxation of the coronavirus induced lockdown.

In Lagos State, the government warned yesterday that any church or mosque that admits worshippers without face masks once they reopen would be shut down.

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Mosques are to reopen on Friday, June 19, to be followed by the churches on Sunday, June 21.

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The Aso Villa mosques reopened yesterday with President Muhammadu Buhari and other worshippers observing social distancing.

But the Ondo State Government threatened that it might return to lockdown if Covid-19 infections continued to increase.

The NBS, in a report entitled “COVID -19 Impact Monitoring May 2019”, said coronavirus impact on employment and income had been widespread.

It said: “42 per cent of respondents who were working before the outbreak reported that they were not currently working due to COVID-19.”

It said the impact of COVID-19 “has been most strongly felt in the commerce, service, and agriculture sectors. 79% of respondents reported that their households total income have decreased since mid-March.”

NBS said some households struggled to purchase staple foods like yam, rice and beans during the seven days prior to the interview with 35-59 per cent of households who need to purchase these staple foods reporting that they were not able to buy them. 26 per cent of households reported not being able to access medical treatment when they needed it during the same period.

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The report showed that many households have struggled to cope with these widespread shocks with 51 per cent of all households resorting to reducing food consumption.

The pandemic, according to NBS, has also affected children education.

 

 

 

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