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Prominent bishop dies of Covid-19

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A prominent bishop in the Serbian Orthodox Church died from a coronavirus infection less than a week after being hospitalised, his diocese said on Monday.

Bishop Milutin Knezevic, 71, and two other priests from the Valjevo diocese tested positive for coronavirus last week. He died overnight in a Belgrade hospital, his diocese said in a statement without elaborating.

The Serbian Orthodox Church wields considerable influence in some former republics of old Yugoslavia with around 12 million members mainly in Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia.

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After Serbia earlier this month declared state of emergency and suspended public gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Orthodox Patriarch Irinej banned all services and asked faithful to watch them on TV.

But the church for days continued with its practice of delivering communion using a single spoon dipped in wine for the faithful gathered outside churches, before last week limiting communion to individuals in their homes.

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The church has also recommended funerals with few people and rescheduled baptisms until after the pandemic subsides.

To curb transmission of the virus, Serbian authorities have shut down all restaurants and cafes, imposed a curfew from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. and closed the country’s borders.

President Aleksandar Vucic said on Sunday evening the state could consider a two-week, 24-hour lockdown in the coming days.

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So far, 13 people in Serbia, out of a population of 7 million, have died from the coronavirus and 741 have been diagnosed with the infection.

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JUST IN: Obaseki submits form for Edo guber race

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JUST IN: Obaseki submits form for Edo guber race

Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has submitted his nomination and expression of interest form at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress(APC).

The National Organising Secretary, Barrister Emma Ibidiro, received the form from the aspirant.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday met with Godwin Obaseki at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he presented his nomination form, seeking re-election on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Obaseki has been engaged in a political tussle with his predecessor and godfather, Adams Oshiomhole, who is also the National Chairman of the party.

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Oshiomhole is thought to favour former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for the APC ticket.

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Meanwhile, ahead of the governorship primary election of the APC scheduled for this month even as crisis still exist within the Edo APC, Obaseki has submitted his nomination and expression of interest form at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress(APC).

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JUST IN: FG discharges Saudi Arabia returnees

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JUST IN: FG discharges Saudi Arabia returnees

The Federal Government has discharged the 292 Saudi Arabia returnees after 15 days in isolation in a hotel in Abuja.

WuzupNigeria had earlier reported that there was jubilation across social media as two hundred and ninety-two Nigerians evacuated from Saudi Arabia due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

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According to the Federal Government, they all tested negative for the COVID-19.

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The Saudi returnees were discharged on Wednesday morning and most of them are already on their way to Lagos.

Details shortly…

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Buhari presides over Virtual FEC meeting

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Buhari presides over Virtual FEC meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.

Newsmen learnt that the meeting started at 09:02 GMT.

Government officials who attended the meeting are the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, as well as some Ministers in attendance.

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Ministers present in the hall include those of Justice, Aviation, Finance, Information and Culture, Environment, Water Resources, Defence and Works.

All other Ministers are attending from their various offices in the nation’s capital city, Abuja.

The meeting is expected to consider issues surrounding how the nation can mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 and how to enhance the livelihood of Nigerians in the midst of the pandemic.

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Details later…

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