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    Wike sacks permanent secretary for ‘flouting COVID-19 guidelines ‘

Wike sacks permanent secretary for ‘flouting COVID-19 guidelines ‘

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has fired Sunny Okere, permanent secretary, establishment, for "flouting COVID-19 guidelines". The governor announced this in a statewide broadcast on Wednesday, saying the sack of the permanent secretary would serve as a lesson to others. Okere was accused of chasing enforcement officers away at a burial where more than the regulated number of persons were in [...]

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    Richard Quest: I recovered from COVID-19 two months ago but I’m still discovering new areas of damage

Richard Quest: I recovered from COVID-19 two months ago but I’m still discovering new areas of damage

Richard Quest, a presenter for CNN, US news-based pay television channel, says he is discovering new areas of "damage" to his body system, two months after recovering from COVID-19. On April 20, Quest, better known for hosting Quest Means Business, tested positive for COVID-19 but recovered on May 5. In an article published on Tuesday, Quest said indications of the coronavirus, including cough [...]

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    Okowa’s commissioner recovers from COVID-19 — after 16 days in isolation

Okowa’s commissioner recovers from COVID-19 — after 16 days in isolation

Charles Aniagwu, commissioner for information in Delta state, has recovered from COVID-19, more than two weeks after he was confirmed positive. Aniagwu and Chiedu Ebie, the secretary to the state government (SSG), both tested positive on June 20. Ten days later, Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta, and his wife tested positive for COVID-19, a few days after one of their daughters was [...]

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    NMA president: Why some Nigerians think COVID-19 is a hoax

NMA president: Why some Nigerians think COVID-19 is a hoax

Innocent Ujah, president of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), says Nigerians should not wait until bodies litter the streets before they obey COVID-19 guidelines. He said the gap in sensitisation is the reason some citizens think the disease is a hoax. In an interview with The PUNCH, Ujah said more sensitisation should be done to inform citizens about the disease. So far, Nigeria [...]

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    PTF: We’ll recommend another lockdown if the need arises

PTF: We’ll recommend another lockdown if the need arises

Boss Mustapha, chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, says the committee will not hesitate to advice President Muhammadu Buhari to lock down the country again if the need arises. Speaking at the presidential task force briefing on COVID-19 on Monday, Mustapha asked Nigerians to learn from the experience of the 1918 Spanish flu. He said the federal government decided to [...]

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    NCDC releases guidelines for elections, encourages politicians to hold virtual rallies

NCDC releases guidelines for elections, encourages politicians to hold virtual rallies

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has released guidelines for elections being conducted in Nigeria amid COVID-19 pandemic. In the new directives published on Monday, the NCDC encouraged political parties to adopt virtual campaign rallies where applicable. It said when such is not feasible, every individual attending rallies must have their temperature checked while they must also wear face masks. It added [...]

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    Many south-east residents wear face masks ‘just to avoid police harassment’

Many south-east residents wear face masks ‘just to avoid police harassment’

CLEEN Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), says many residents of the south-east wear face masks to avoid harassment by security agents. In a statement on Sunday, Benson Olugbuo, CLEEN Foundation's executive director, said many of them are nonchalant to the existence of COVID-19. "Several people in the South-East wear face masks because of security agents and not necessarily to prevent coronavirus spread," [...]

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    COVID-19: It’s dangerous to reopen schools, Anap Think Tank tells FG

COVID-19: It’s dangerous to reopen schools, Anap Think Tank tells FG

The Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank,  a group established to respond to the coronavirus disease, says the decision of the federal government to reopen schools portends a "great danger" to the pupils/students, teachers, and their families. Last week, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 announced that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the reopening of schools for pupils and students in primary six, [...]

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    COVID-19: How China produced ’70bn face masks’ in three months

COVID-19: How China produced ’70bn face masks’ in three months

On March 3, 2020, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) expressed concern about how shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, was affecting health workers across the world. The organisation listed panic buying, rising demand, hoarding and misuse as part of the factors responsible for the non-availability of PPE, and called on governments and [...]

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    NAFDAC disrupts launch of COVID-19 herbal drug in Ogun

NAFDAC disrupts launch of COVID-19 herbal drug in Ogun

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) disrupted the launch of a COVID-19 herbal syrup in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, on Thursday. Officials of the agency said they disrupted the launch on the grounds that the product had not been certified for public use. The herbal syrup, named Oxybiotics, was developed by one Paul Oni, a herbal medicine [...]

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