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Oyo to shut borders, orders sick workers to stay at home


The Oyo State Government, on Wednesday, said it may impose travel restrictions at its entry points as part of measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the state.

The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority, Dr. Akin Fagbemi, gave the indication during an interview at the COVID 19 Situation Room  in Ibadan.

Fagbemi said the state government would only allow essential travels into the state as travellers would be subjected to health checks.

He said, “All entry points into Oyo State (land and airways) may soon be closed. Entry and transit by vehicles would be subjected to robust health check of all passengers.

He said OYRTMA had prepared for the challenging times, adding that efforts were in place for close monitoring of state’s borders.

Noting that the transportation sector could be a major medium for spending COVID-19 if not properly managed, Fagbemi urged transport companies, transport unions and terminal operators to keep a travel manifest for inbound and outbound passengers with verified phone numbers.

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He advised them to provide hand-wash stands and sanitizers in the garages, saying that recalcitrant passengers should not be allowed to board if they fail to comply with the hygiene procedures.

“Relevant enforcement officials would be authorised to enforce compliance while defaulters will be arrested.”, he added.

Fagbemi added that commercial motorcycle operation would be suspended to ensure compliance with the social distancing procedure.

The agency said it would collaborate with security agencies to enforce compliance to preventive measures in the state.

Meanwhile, the state government has directed all civil and public officers in the state who are indisposed to stay off work.

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This came as the government restricted undue movements of personnel from office to office within the Ministries, Department and Agencies.

According to a circular issued and signed by the Permanent Secretary (Service Matters) on behalf of the state Head of Service, Mrs Ololade Agboola, no worker in the state should entertain visitors in their offices.

The circular titled, ‘Covid 19: Directive for civil/public servants,’ reads in part, “I am directed to refer to the current Coronavirus which has become a pandemic ravaging the human race and the deliberate measures that have been deployed by the state government.

“The state government has advised all civil/public servants to adhere strictly to restrict unnecessary movement of officers from one office to another within and outside the ministries, departments and agencies. 

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“Discourage entertainment of visitors at this point in time in all government offices. Security personnel at the secretariat gates have been mandated to discourage all visitors entrance to the secretariat. Only essential visitors on government business with evidence will be allowed entrance.

“Civil/public officers who are indisposed are advised to stay at home with due permission from their respective superiors and comply with medical directives. Adhere to the general guidelines on Covid-19; practice social distancing as a matter of necessity in all gatherings.”

It added that gatherings should be limited to 30 persons or less, adding, “Be wary of misinformation flying around on the pandemic and stay safe.

“While hoping that this global infection would be put out soonest, you are encouraged to maintain decorum. Kindly give the content of the circular the widest publicity it deserves.


Covid-19: Lagos discharges 87 patients



Covid-19: Lagos discharges 87 patients

The Lagos State government has announced the discharge of Eighty-Seven (87) Coronavirus patients.

This was disclosed by the Lagos State Ministry of Health via its official Twitter page.

It said: “87 patients; 40 females,47 males, all Nigerians have been discharged from our isolation facilities to reunite with their families”.

Lagos Said 26 patients were discharged from Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, and 24 from Onikan.

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“87 #COVID19Lagos patients; 40 females and 47 males, all Nigerians have been discharged from our Isolation facilities to reunite with the society

“The patients; 26 from Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, 24 from Onikan, 12 from Eti-Osa (LandMark),11 from Agidingbi, 9 from Gbagada and 5 LUTH Isolation Centres were discharged having fully recovered & tested negative to #COVID19.”

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With this, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged now 825.


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Covid-19: New Zealand discharges last patient from the hospital



Covid-19: New Zealand discharges last patient from the hospital

According to the latest report, New Zealand has discharged the last case of coronavirus in the country and recorded no new case for five days consecutively, the ministry of health officials announced on Wednesday.

The report revealed that the last coronavirus patient to be discharged in New Zealand was being treated at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland.

During a press briefing on Wednesday, officials shared the hopeful statistics. The total number of recovered cases is now at 1,462, and there are just 21 remaining active cases of COVID-19.

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The country has conducted a total of 267,435 coronavirus tests and contact tracers are working to monitor the remaining cases through the NZ COVID Tracer app.

New Zealand also launched another app on Wednesday, which will provide health care professionals with access to information on the updated case definition, on local clinical pathways, and on guidance around the use of personal protective equipment.

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New Zealand borders have slowly been opened, which has been “so important for us to keep the infection out of the country,” public health official Dr Ashley Bloomfield said during the press conference. Bloomfield also credited proper hygiene such as hand washing.

In late April, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that New Zealand had “won” the battle against widespread community transmission of the virus.

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Ardern said that to fully “succeed” in the fight against the coronavirus, the country must “hunt down” the remaining cases of the virus.

“There is no widespread, undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle,” said Ardern. “But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way.”

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Plateau: Corps members who met in state set to wed



Plateau: Corps members who met in state set to wed

Two corp members who met through the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme in Plateau state are set to get married this Saturday.

The couple identified as  Felicia Haruna and Mark Makafan met at the Mangu Orientation Camp in Plateau state in 2019 and they are about to wed this Saturday, May 30.

The official page of NYSC Plateau state announced this via their official Facebook page as the couple invited the State Coordinator of NYSC Plateau, Caroline Embu to their upcoming wedding.

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The NYSC Plateau’s statement reads;

“Corps Members Felicia Haruna PL/19B/2197 from Kaduna State and Mark Makafan Odi PL/19B/1217 from Kogi State have demonstrated symbol of true friendship, affection and love towards a blissful marital union.

“They were both deployed to Plateau State for the one-year mandatory service to the nation having obeyed the clarion call and reported to the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Mangu, Mangu LGA, for the 2019 Batch “B” service year.

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“Being members of seven (7) Platoon in camp, the duo from different backgrounds, yet, with many similarities, the relationship which was borne at Mangu camp has today culminated into marriage and as the service year draws to a close, they have unanimously declared, “I DO”.

“Extending the wedding invitation to the State Coordinator, NYSC Plateau, Caroline Embu, the Corps Members expressed great joy to have met during the service year and united together in love to a lifetime adventure.

“They appreciated the NYSC Scheme for the enabling environment it created through the deployment of graduate youths to states other than their states of origin to promote unity irrespective of origin, religion, class, tribe and cultural differences which is also bridging gaps and building long lasting relationships.

“Their wedding ceremony is scheduled to hold at St Peter Claver Catholic Church Cathedral Kafanchan, Kaduna State on Saturday, May 30, 2020 by 10:00 am, two days after their Passing-Out from National Service.”

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