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Presidency to Soyinka: Write play on COVID-19 instead of attacking government measures

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Presidency to Soyinka: Write a play on COVID-19 after the crisis instead of attacking government measures.

The Presidency has reacted to Wole Soyinka’s criticism of Buhari’s Covid-19 lockdown of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun State.

The Presidency, therefore, advised Nigerians to trust information from scientists on issues concerning diseases and shun Professors of Literary writings.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said this while reacting to comments made by Professor Wole Soyinka, on the 14-day lockdown announced by President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday.

Soyinka was one of the critics who declared that it was unconstitutional for Buhari to have ordered lockdown of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States.

Garba declared that Soyinka is not a medical professor; that his qualifications are in English literature, his prizes are for writing books and plays for theatres.

“He is, of course, entitled to his opinions – but that is exactly all they are: semantics, not science. They cannot – and should not – therefore be judged as professional expertise in this matter in any shape or form,” Shehu wrote.

“Across the world – from parts of the United States and China to countries including the United Kingdom and France, government-mandated lockdowns are in place to slow and defeat the spread of coronavirus.

“All have been declared, and all have been made necessary, based on medical and scientific evidence. The guidance of the Nigerian Government’s medical specialists is to advise the same.

“Professor Soyinka has also declared, doubtless based on his specialism as a playwright, that: “We are not in a war emergency.”

He pointed out that Dr Richard Hatchett, Head of the International Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations said, ‘War is an appropriate analogy’.

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The aide added that Professor Anthony Fauci, Director of the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the battle against the pandemic is ‘almost like the fog of war’.

He noted that as for the legality of the lockdown, the federal government primary duty in law and action is the defence of the people of Nigeria.

“The scientific and medical guidance the world over is clear: the way to defeat the virus is to halt its spread through limitation of movement of people.

Shehu advised Soyinka to write a play on the coronavirus pandemic after the crisis instead of attacking government measures.

“In the meantime, we ask the people of Nigeria to trust the words of our doctors and scientists – and not fiction writers – at this time of national crisis,” Shehu added.

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Covid-19: Lagos discharges 87 patients

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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

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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

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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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