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We will go into recession if coronavirus continues beyond six months– Nigerian Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed

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We will go into recession if coronavirus continues beyond six months– Nigerian Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed

The Federal Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed has dropped a hint of how Nigeria will have to cope if the deadly coronavirus pandemic goes beyond six months.

She indicated that the country will go into recession if the coronavirus pandemic goes beyond six months.

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She made this known when she appeared on Channels TV saying;

“We are hopeful that this pandemic will be limited in time. If it is an average of three months, we should be able to close the year with positive growth. But if it goes longer than that – six months, one year – we will go into recession.”

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Two-year-old boy in coma after being shot in the head

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A two-year-old boy is in a coma after being shot in the head by a motorbike-riding gunman in north-west London, according to a worried relative.

Two teenage boys were also shot alongside the baby’s mother, a 27-year-old woman, who was shot eight times including in the chest, arm, and leg said the relative. Police said the three adults’ injuries are ‘not life-threatening.’

The shooting happened at around 9.45 pm yesterday evening on a residential road in Harlesden, north-west London, police said.

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The gunman first shot the teenage boys, 18-year-old Juan Young-sam and 19-year-old Rynell Seaton, according to the relative.

He then shot the woman, 27-year-old Piera Hutton, and her two-year-old boy, with a handgun as she attempted to flee the shooting.

Piera Hutton called a family member from the scene to ask for help, explaining what had happened, according to the family.

The relative, a teenager who did not want to be named for her family’s safety, said:

“Rynell and Juane were walking with Lillian, Piera’s mum, back to her house, when the boys just came and started shooting.

“They tried to shoot Rynell in the neck, but he ducked and they shot him in the arm. Then Juane tried to run off but they shot him in the back and leg.”

She added:

“Then I think Piera was in the car near her house trying to run with her baby.

“They shot her eight times in the chest, leg, backside and arm. Then they went to the baby, close range, and shot him in the head. The bullet went straight through the other side. Piera called my grandma for help and she rushed over there and saw all of them on the floor, Juan, Rynell, Piera and the baby, going into the ambulances.”

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COVID-19: Katsina Govt reopens weekly markets

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The Katsina State Government has directed the reopening of all major weekly markets across the state.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS), Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Katsina.

He said that the markets would be reopened with effect from June 5.

“The decision was taken as a result of a drop in the emergence of new COVID-19 cases.

“Also as a result of concerns by the government on the adverse effects of the shutting down of markets on the socio-economic activities and means of livelihood of the majority of people in the state,” he said.

Inuwa, however, warned that the easing and lifting of lockdown, ban, restrictions of movement, and reopening of markets “does not mean that there is no more coronavirus in the state.”

“The disease still exists. Old people and those with health challenges must avoid crowded places,” he said.

The SGS stressed the need for people to abide by the health and security protocols, including wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing, regular handwashing with soap, and the use of sanitizers.

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According to reports, the affected markets are located in Charanchi, Mai’adua, Mashi, Dandume, Zango, Danja, Bakori, Yankara, Kafur, and Dankama.

Others are in Kaita, Kagadama, Dutsi, Garkin-Daura and Kayawa, among others.

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Kogi rejects NCDC’s claim of recording COVID-19 cases in the state

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The Kogi state government has rejected the new data from the Nigeria Center for Disease Center NCDC that states that two confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the state.

The NCDC in its data released for Wednesday, May 27, said two cases of Coronavirus have been recorded in the state that was hitherto free of the disease.

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However, in a statement released this morning, the Kogi State Commissioner of Health, Saka Haruna Audu, said the state government has developed “full testing capacity” and “conducted hundreds of tests” which have come back negative.

The government says they would not be a party to any ”fictitious COVID-19 claims”

“Kogi State till this very moment is Covid-19 free. We have developed full testing capacity and have conducted hundreds of tests so far which have come back negative.

“We have also continued to insist that we will not be a party to any fictitious COVID-19 claims which is why we do not recognise any COVID-19 test conducted by any Kogite outside the boundaries of the State except those initiated by us.

“Any attempt to force us to announce a case of COVID-19 will be vehemently rejected.” he said

The commissioner asked residents of the state to continue to take all necessary precautions to prevent a spread of the disease.

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