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Nigerian US-based doctor says hydroxychloroquine cures Covid-19 (Video)

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A video of a group of doctors dressed in white coats addressing newsmen has gone viral after one of the doctors claimed to have cured COVID-19.

One of the doctors identified as Dr Stella Immanuel, a Nigerian USA-based doctor disclosed that she had treated more than 350 people with Coronavirus using hydroxychloroquine as she stood with several others on the steps of Capitol Hill in Washington.

According to the Nigerian USA-based doctor, she went to medical school in Nigeria where she treated malaria patients with the drug, which President Donald Trump claimed could prevent or treat COVID-19.

Speaking on the effectiveness of the drug, Dr Immanuel emphasized that she has treated over 350 COVID-19 patients.

“Patients that have diabetes, patients that have high blood pressure, patients that have asthma, old people. I think my oldest patient is 92, 87-year-olds. And the result has been the same. I put them on hydroxychloroquine, I put them on zinc, I put them on Zithromax, and they’re all well”, she added.

She said she put herself, her staff and other doctors she knew on hydroxychloroquine for prevention of COVID-19.

“We see patients, 10 to 15 COVID patients, everyday,” she said.

“We give them breathing treatments. We only wear surgical mask. None of us has gotten sick. It works.”

Dr Immanuel said no one needed to die, as America’s death toll for the virus reaches 148,000.

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A group called America’s Frontline Doctors has countered the views of the Nigerian US-based doctor.

The group only recently created its website which says it wants to “empower Americans to stop living in fear”.‏

“If Americans continue to let so-called experts and media personalities make their decisions, the great American experiment of a Constitutional Republic with Representative Democracy, will cease,” it says.

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Reacting to the position of America’s Frontline Doctors, Emergency medicine doctor Anand Swaminathan said the hydroxychloroquine propaganda from the group was complete nonsense.

“This is the message of hucksters, not doctors,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Multiple well-done studies show no benefit for HCQ. If your results are so good, publish. Otherwise, you’re full of it.”

Dr Immanuel said she did not need to do a double-blind study because it was unethical.

“All of you doctors that are waiting for data, if six months down the line you actually found out that this data shows that this medication works, how about your patients that have died?,” she said.

“We don’t need to die. There is a cure for COVID.”

Many others slammed the group on Twitter, questioning their credentials and the fact they were wearing matching lab coats.

“The coat the doctors are wearing says ‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ – what organisation is that?” one woman asked.

“What hospital are they affiliated with? Where do they work? And they are all standing there without masks on. Real doctors would not set this poor of an example.”

 

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Nigeria records 443 new Covid-19 cases, toll now 45,687

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Nigeria has recorded 443 more cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing its total infections to 45,687.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed this on Friday night via Twitter.

The new infections were recorded Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory and 17 other states of the federation.

Unlike previous cases, Plateau overtook Lagos by 33 cases thus recording 103 infections with the nation’s commercial capital trailing behind with 70 cases.

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The FCT, on the other hand, came third on the list with 60 cases.

Other states with new infections include Ondo – 35, Edo and Rivers – 27, Kaduna – 20, Osun – 19, Borno and Oyo – 18, Kwara – 11, Adamawa – 9, Nasarawa – 7, Gombe – 6, Bayelsa and Imo – 4, Bauchi and Ogun – 2 and Kano – 1.

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Naira Marley fined N100,000 for breaching COVID-19 lockdown restrictions

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Nigerian musician Azeez Fashola, better known by his stage name Naira Marley, has pleaded guilty to breaching Covid-19 lockdown restrictions when he travelled to the capital, Abuja, for a concert.

The musician was arrested on Thursday alongside his manager for the offence committed in June when the government had banned non-essential travel to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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They pleaded guilty and were each fined N100,000($258; £197).

The airline that flew them from the commercial hub of Lagos to Abuja was suspended indefinitely by the aviation minister but later allowed to resume operations.

The airline said it mistook the musician’s surname for a judge who was on essential travel.

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Africa’s COVID-19 cases now over 1 million

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Africa’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 have surpassed 1 million, a Reuters tally showed on Thursday, as the disease began to spread rapidly through a continent whose relative isolation has so far spared it the worst of the pandemic.

The continent recorded 1,003,056 cases, of which 21,983 have died and 676,395 recovered. South Africa – which is the world’s fifth worst-hit nation and makes up more than half of sub-Saharan Africa’s caseload – has recorded 538,184 cases since its first case on March 5, the health ministry said on Thursday.

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Low levels of testing in several countries, apart from South Africa, mean Africa’s infection rates are likely to be higher than reported, experts say.

In South Africa, a study last month showed some 17,000 deaths above the normal rate, or a 60% excess, between early May and mid-July, suggesting more people are dying of COVID-19 than official figures reflect.

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Many African countries imposed quick lockdowns and shut their borders early, buying precious time to prepare hospitals, set up testing machines and learn from evolving treatments.

But governments, mindful of the damage to their economies and the risk of widespread hunger, have mostly lifted lockdowns.

Despite South Africa’s early efforts to contain the virus, its already creaking public health services are overwhelmed and there are shortages of beds, protective gear and nurses. COVID-19 patients have sometimes had to be treated alongside others.

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Few African nations have health services as advanced as South Africa.

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