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Coronavirus: Pulev willing to fight Joshua without spectators

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Bulgarian boxer and IBF’s mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev, said he saw no problem in fighting British/Nigerian colleague, Anthony Joshua for the world heavyweight title in a match without spectators.

The 38-year-old former European amateur super-heavyweight champion Pulev, known as “The Cobra”, said he was ready to face Joshua whenever the organisers decide.

Last week, he told Bulgarian media the fight, scheduled to take place on June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium in London, would be postponed by several months due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Promoter Eddie Hearn, however, reacted quickly, saying the fight had still not been officially called off.

“I’m ready for June 20, July 25, whenever they say,” Pulev, one of Bulgaria’s most popular sportsmen, told bTV channel. “You see what the situation is, the whole world must adjust to it.

“There’s no problem (if the fight is) to be without spectators. Everyone would be at home, they can pay per view, so I don’t see any problem financially.

“The show could be lost a bit without fans but it can still happen. After all, it’s a world championship, which must take place.”

The 30-year-old Joshua reclaimed the WBA, WBO and IBF belts with unanimous points win over Andy Ruiz Jr in December. Joshua was initially due to fight Pulev at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in October 2017 but the Bulgarian withdrew after suffering a shoulder injury in sparring.

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Pulev had challenged for the IBF world heavyweight title in 2014 but lost to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg when he was knocked out in the fifth round.

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Niger state: They only gave us food no drugs- Covid-19 patients call out state govt

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Niger state: They only gave us food no drugs- Covid-19 patients call out state govt
Niger state government has been called out by Covid-19 patients recently discharged from the Minna Isolation centre over the alleged poor treatments meted to them at the isolation centre.
According to The Nation, some of the patients who spoke to newsmen revealed that since their arrival at the isolation centre, they have not received any single drugs for the treatment of the disease.

One of the discharged patients who was picked up from Zumba in Shiroro local government said that he was tested positive and quarantined at the isolation centre and that he was expecting to be treated and given drugs throughout his stay at the isolation centre but none was administered to him.

“I expected that I will undergo some treatment, but apart from food, nothing was given to me in the form of treatment. They did not give me a single drug.

“They only give us food every day that is all. No single drug, not even paracetamol was given to me throughout the 14 days”, he said.

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He further disclosed that his mother and other relations who were also picked up and quarantined with him were also treated shabbily.

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He stated that after their discharge, they were not provided with transportation and were told to find their way adding that money for transportation was not given to them.

“They just came and asked us to go. They did not tell us how we would move neither did they consider that we may not have any money to transport us home.

“We trekked from the isolation centre at the back of the police secondary school to the main road. From there, we trekked to Dutsen Kuran Gwari before someone assisted us to Sabon Gari junction.

“It was at Sabon Gari that a commercial vehicle carried us to Zumba before we now borrowed money from our people to pay the driver”.

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COVID-19: I recovered but lost my means of livelihood, says Ebonyi driver

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A commercial bus driver in Ebonyi has shared his experience with coronavirus [Covid-19] disease.

WuzupNigeria reports that Mr. Friday Ibeh was one of four patients treated and discharged by the Ebonyi State government on Sunday.

According to him, when he contracted the virus, he was always weak and constantly sleeping.

He said:

“I was so weak when the disease held me. I was sleeping too much; at times four times, at times five times and even more than that in a day. Without the state government who took me to this isolation centre and treated me, I would have been a dead man.

“I am a transporter and the thing didn’t allow me to drive again; it made me so weak. I was sleeping on steering while driving before I was taken to this isolation centre a month ago. But now, I am very strong and ready to start my work again.”

However, for the father of six it is not yet Uhuru as he has lost his means of livelihood – the Sienna vehicle.

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Ibeh said the vehicle was on hire purchase and the owner had since taken possession of the vehicle.

Ibeh and three others were discharged yesterday from the state isolation centre at Unity Square, Abakaliki, bringing the total number of discharged patients to six.

This came as the number of cases of the virus in the state has risen to 22.

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A team from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) witnessed the discharge of the four patients.

Dr. Majinger Ibeneme, Pillar head, case management of the NCDC in the state, said all the patients at the isolation centre were stable.

Ibeneme observed that the state government had put in place all the necessary facilities to combat the disease.

He said:

“We are here because of the discharge of four patients. It is amazing the amount of work the governor has committed in the fight against this monster. So far, we discharged two before now, we are discharging four again today.

“Every patient here is stable and Ebonyi State government committed a lot in building the infrastructure. They have also committed a lot in beefing up the human resources; they made our work very easy. When we arrived here, we just have to conduct drills mostly because the capacity, the infrastructure was already on ground”.

 

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Covid-19: Government didn’t carry us along before closing worship centres- Kwara CAN

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Covid-19: Government didn't carry us along before closing worship centres- Kwara CAN

The Kwara state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Sunday has stated that the state government did not carry stakeholders along before closure of worship centres in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

The Christian association added that in spite of this, it went ahead to urge members to abide by the government’s directives.

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This disclosure was made by the State Chairman of the association, Bishop Paul Olawore in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State while fielding questions from reporters on this year’s World Communications Day.

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Most Rev Olawoore, who is also the diocesan Catholic Bishop of Ilorin, echoed Pope Francis adumbration on the danger posed by fake news, rumours, unfounded and baseless lies

He said: “At the national levels, religious leaders and other stakeholders were called, dialogued with about the situation of things.

The national leaders agreed with the government about whatever steps it would take to curtail the spread of the deadly virus.”

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