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Real Madrid rocked by Kroos blow as World Cup winner must isolate ahead of crunch clash with Athletic Club
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Real Madrid rocked by Kroos blow as World Cup winner must isolate ahead of crunch clash with Athletic Club

  The German has come into contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 and must steer clear of the Blancos' main group Real Madrid's preparations for a crucial clash with Athletic Club on Sunday have been rocked by the news that Toni Kroos must take in a period of self-isolation. The German midfielder has come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, meaning that he must now stay away from the Blancos' main group. Kroos has not contracted coronavirus himself, but every precaution is being taken to help prevent any spread within Zinedine Zidane's squad.  
Unemployment: 21,000 job seekers jostle for 5,000 casual teaching positions in Ogun
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Unemployment: 21,000 job seekers jostle for 5,000 casual teaching positions in Ogun

At least, 21,000 unemployed youths are struggling to get a place as casual teachers for two years in Ogun State, DAILY POST reports. The justle for the teaching positions followed an announcement by the state government that it would recruit 5,000 casual teachers under the Ogun State Teaching Experience Acquisition Channel (Ogun TEACh). The new recruitment exercise came on board after the government cancelled the recruitment of 1,500 teachers, who were earlier shortlisted for the Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) teaching job. DAILY POST reported that the government’s decision to dump those recruited initially sparked outrage as the shortlisted applicants staged a protest in Abeokuta on March 30. Recall that the recruitment of 1,500 teachers began in 2019, but ...
News Muslims shun COVID-19 protocols at Bauchi praying grounds
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News Muslims shun COVID-19 protocols at Bauchi praying grounds

Despite appeals by Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State to the people of his State to observe COVID-19 protocols, Muslims in Bauchi, the state capital, have flouted them, trooping out in their numbers to observe the two Rakaah Eid-el-Fitr prayers. Mohammed had, in his goodwill message to mark this year’s celebration, warned people of the dangers of contracting COVID-19 and urged them to observe safety protocols like wearing face masks, hand washing and social-distancing. “The COVID-19 pandemic is still around. I, therefore, appeal to you all to continue to observe the protocols of social distancing, wearing of facemasks and washing your hands wherever the need arises. You should also endeavour to take the vaccine against the pandemic,” the governor admonished. However, DAILY POS...
Kizz Daniel welcomes set of twins on his birthday
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Kizz Daniel welcomes set of twins on his birthday

Popular Nigerian singer, Kizz Daniel, has announced the birth of his sons.   The singer revealed this on Instagram on Saturday as he celebrates his birthday. The names of his twins are; Jelani and Jalil. Alongside a picture, the 27-year-old singer on his Instagram wrote: “ There is no better way to celebrate my birthday than announcing the arrival of my sons ‘Jelani and Jalil’ He, however, did not disclose the mother of his twins. Kizz Daniel has been off social media for a while since COVID-19 pandemic.  
Real Madrid to Land Lewandowski in £52m Deal
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Real Madrid to Land Lewandowski in £52m Deal

  Real Madrid are interested in signing Robert Lewandowski amid talk he could leave Bayern Munich this summer, according to AS. Lewandowski has netted 43 times in 37 appearances for the German champions, who are on the brink of winning the Bundesliga again. The 32-year-old has just over two years left on his current contract. He has been constantly linked with a move to Madrid since he first moved to Bayern from Borussia Dortmund in 2013. Bayern could be open to selling Lewandowski for £52million this summer, in a bid to raise money due to losses caused by COVID-19. It is also claimed Lewandowski’s agent Pini Zahavi, is currently listening to offers for the striker. Real currently have Karim Benzema as their main striker and he has delivered 28 goals in 40 mat...
52 Passengers On A Flight From India To Hong Kong Test Positive For COVID-19
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52 Passengers On A Flight From India To Hong Kong Test Positive For COVID-19

Fifty-two passengers on one flight from Delhi to Hong Kong test positive for coronavirus after landing - despite ALL presenting a negative test while boarding At least 52 people from a single flight from Delhi to Hong Kong have tested positive for Covid-19, despite all passengers presenting a negative coronavirus test before boarding. All of the passengers who tested positive flew into Hong Kong on a flight from India's capital, run by Indian airline Vistara on April 4. Hong Kong as a whole has been recording fewer daily new infections than the total number detected on the flight, since it brought a fourth wave of infections under control in January. Meanwhile in India, the country's healthcare system is collapsing under a devastating second wave of coronavirus that is kill...
Pfizer Is Testing A Pill That Could Become First-Ever Home Cure For COVID-19
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Pfizer Is Testing A Pill That Could Become First-Ever Home Cure For COVID-19

Classed as a 'protease inhibitor', it has been formulated to attack the "spine" of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and stop it replicating in our nose, throats and lungs. At two anonymous Pfizer buildings, one in the U.S. and one in Belgium, a remarkable experiment is under way. Up to 60 volunteers, all clean-living adults aged between 18 and 60, are being given the first pill specifically designed to stop Covid-19. If the trial is successful, it is just possible a home cure for Covid-19 will become available later this year. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced the formation of an “Antivirals Taskforce” last week specifically to invest in such products, will no doubt be scanning his text messages for early updates. The molecule being tested is a bespoke antiviral code-named ...
COVID-19: India’s Richest People Are Fleeing On Private Jets
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COVID-19: India’s Richest People Are Fleeing On Private Jets

India's richest people are fleeing on private jets as the country hits almost 350,000 COVID-19 infections in another daily global record. India's uber-rich are fleeing the country on private jets as new travel bans come into place. The country is currently battling a catastrophic second coronavirus wave. Local media reports say many people chose to fly to Dubai, which is close by. India's ultra-rich are paying tens and thousands of dollars to escape the country as it set a new global record for daily coronavirus infections — for the fourth day in a row. In the last week, India has become the new epicenter of the virus, which has completely overwhelmed the country's healthcare system and crematoriums and has led to a dire shortage of oxygen. On Sunday, public health offici...
82 Die In Baghdad COVID-19 Hospital Fire
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82 Die In Baghdad COVID-19 Hospital Fire

Eighty-two people died and 110 were injured at a Baghdad hospital that had been equipped to house COVID-19 patients, an Interior Ministry spokesman said on Sunday. “We urgently need to review safety measures at all hospitals to prevent such a painful incident from happening in future,” spokesman Khalid al-Muhanna told state television, while updating the toll. The fire erupted on Saturday night at the Ibn Khatib hospital in the Diyala Bridge area. Ali Bayati, a member of Iraq’s semi-official High Commission for Human Rights, had said earlier a final death toll had not yet been officially announced but it could be between 30 to 45. Patients’ relatives scrambled during the blaze to save their loved ones. A man who had been visiting his brother described people jumping out ...
Indian Hospitals Run Out Of Oxygen As Covid-19 Surges
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Indian Hospitals Run Out Of Oxygen As Covid-19 Surges

At least two hospitals in the Indian capital of Delhi are running out of oxygen, amid a healthcare crisis gripping several states. A number of people have died while waiting for oxygen supplies, and the majority of intensive care beds in Delhi hospitals are full. India is in the grips of a second wave of Covid infections. It has close to 16 million confirmed infections and registered a record number of cases on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to hold meetings with the chief ministers of affected states and oxygen manufacturers on Friday. In a tweet labelled "SOS" sent out on Friday morning, Max Healthcare said it had been waiting for expected fresh supplies for more than seven hours at two hospitals. It has 700 patients admitted at the two facilities. In...
Iyabo Ojo Questions Sanwo-Olu Over COVID-19 Curfew
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Iyabo Ojo Questions Sanwo-Olu Over COVID-19 Curfew

Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo has challenged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State over the 12am to 4am curfew imposed by the Federal Government to curb the spread of COVID-19. The mother of two expressed her displeasure at the discomfort caused by the curfew in a video posted on Instagram on Saturday, arguing that the restriction on movement was negatively affecting businesses and families. She tagged Governor Sanwo-Olu and Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, asking them to address the issue urgently. “Is there still curfew in Lagos & why? Is it that coronavirus moves between 12am – 4am or is there another reason why? Please I’m asking on behalf of all lounge, bar and club owners in Lagos, we are running into serious debt & loss, alot of us are closing down & it’s affe...
DMX had them too – Kenyan Pastor, Reverend Lucy Natasha defends having a tattoo after backlash from social media
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DMX had them too – Kenyan Pastor, Reverend Lucy Natasha defends having a tattoo after backlash from social media

Kenyan Pastor, Reverend Lucy Natasha has defended having a tattoo which she flaunted when she received her COVID-19 vaccine jab, following a backlash from social media. The photos which went viral on social media, showed the founder of the Oracle of God ministries receiving her jab on her upper left arm which bears a tattoo emblazoned with the word ‘Oracle’. The photos led to a backlash on social media and divided opinion among both believers and nonbelievers, with some even quoting Leviticus 19:28 which reads "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD"  in condemnation. Rev Natasha however fired back at critics by sharing a post in which she told her followers not to allow naysayers or negative people discourage them from doing w...
Arsenal Striker Pierre Aubameyang Shares Photo from Hospital Bed as he Recovers From Malaria
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Arsenal Striker Pierre Aubameyang Shares Photo from Hospital Bed as he Recovers From Malaria

Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has posted images on his social media pages to reveal that he has been suffering from Malaria since going on international duty with Gabon last month. Aubameyang missed the clash at the weekend between Arsenal and Sheffield with an illness, with many thinking it was COVID-19 but the striker has now revealed that it was in fact Malaria which has been affecting him. “I’m already feeling much better every day, thanks to the great doctors that detected and treated the virus so quickly,” Aubameyang said in a post on Instagram, alongside a photo of himself on a hospital bed. “I wasn’t really feeling myself the last couple weeks but will be back stronger than ever soon!” Since returning from international duty, he has played two games...
Medvedev Positive For COVID-19, Withdraws From Monte Carlo
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Medvedev Positive For COVID-19, Withdraws From Monte Carlo

Daniil Medvedev has withdrawn from the Monte Carlo Masters after testing positive for Covid-19, the ATP Tour announced on Tuesday, raising questions about the latitude afforded to Monaco residents like the Russian who are allowed to stay at home rather than in a bio-secure hotel. “It’s a big disappointment not to play in Monte-Carlo. My focus is now on recovery and I look forward to getting back out on Tour as soon and as safely as possible,” world number two said in an ATP statement. Medvedev tested positive on Monday having practised with Rafael Nadal the day before. Organisers, contacted by AFP, declined to comment on whether the third seed risked being identified as a ‘close contact’ of Medvedev and forced to quarantine, scuppering the Spaniard’s quest for a 12th Monte Car...
Sergio Ramos Tests Positive For COVID-19
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Sergio Ramos Tests Positive For COVID-19

Spanish Professional Football Club, Real Madrid has revealed that its defender, Sergio Ramos has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. This was revealed on the official website of the football club as the player is out of their upcoming match with Liverpool on Wednesday, 14 April 2021. Ramos was also absent from his team’s weekend win over fierce rivals Barcelona, which placed them in a strong position to defend their league title. The Spanish giants won 3-1 thanks to a brace from Vinicius Junior and Marcos Asensio, who are both in excellent form ahead of tomorrow’s match at Anfield. Meanwhile, the Grid Company Limited(GRIDCo) has explained the reason behind the sudden power outages in the country yesterday. In a statement release, the company revealed that there was...
‘Godzilla vs Kong’ brings in record $60M in US and Canada to become No1 in box office in covid-19 era; hits $358M globally
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‘Godzilla vs Kong’ brings in record $60M in US and Canada to become No1 in box office in covid-19 era; hits $358M globally

“Godzilla vs Kong” is officially now the biggest box office hit in the US and Canada since COVID-19 shut down cinemas a year ago after hauling a record of more $60 million, $1.5 million more than what sci-fi thriller “Tenet” brought in last year. “Godzilla vs Kong” started its record run with a March 31 opening weekend as more than 3,000 screens across North America showed the giant reptile from Japan butting heads with the gorilla from Skull Island. The movie was produced by Warner Bros. Warner Bros also produced the fourth and fifth top earning films of the pandemic era. In its second weekend, the film is still number one despite tumbling 58 percent to $13.4 million from 3,084 theaters for a domestic total of $69.5 million and worldwide haul of nearly $360 millio...
NBA Legend, Paul Pierce Fired by ESPN for racy Instagram Live video with strippers
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NBA Legend, Paul Pierce Fired by ESPN for racy Instagram Live video with strippers

Boston Celtics legend and NBA analyst, Paul Pierce has been fired by ESPN over his recent raunchy Instagram Live video. The 43-year-old has worked for ESPN as an analyst since he retired from the league after the 2016-17 season and has been a staple on “NBA Countdown,” “The Jump” and in other NBA coverage for the network ever since. On Friday April 2,  Pierce went live in a room full of strippers while drinking and smoking what appeared to marijuana with his friends who all clearly ignored COVID-19 safety protocols. ESPN has now fired Paul Pierce after the video went viral, a source confirmed to The Post.   Pierce played in the NBA from 1998-2017, almost entirely for the Celtics. The 10-time All-Star helped lead Boston to a title in 2008 when he was n...
Granada vs Man Utd: Solskjaer names player who will miss game over COVID-19
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Granada vs Man Utd: Solskjaer names player who will miss game over COVID-19

  Manchester United defender, Eric Bailly, will miss their Europa League quarter-final clash against Granad this Thursday, as he has tested positive for COVID-19. This was confirmed by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Solskjaer revealed the player contracted the virus while on international duty with Ivory Coast. Bailly was unavailable for the Red Devils’ 2-1 comeback win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday. Solskjaer, speaking after the game, explained that Bailly is yet to return to England and will not be available for selection for the time being. “Unfortunately he won’t be with us for a little while,” Solskjaer was quoted by the club website after the game. “He’s been away with Ivory Coast and he tested positive with COVID-19 and he’s not back in the c...
COVID-19: How Yinka Odumakin Died – Wife, Dr. Josephine Okei-Odumakin
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COVID-19: How Yinka Odumakin Died – Wife, Dr. Josephine Okei-Odumakin

Wife of late Afenifere spokesman, Comrade Yinka Odumakin, has said he died just when his condition was improving. Dr. Josephine Okei-Odumakin who confirmed her husband’s death to The Nation, disclosed he had been ill since March 10 and was recuperating. "It is true, my husband and friend has passed on. The darling of the media is gone." She said a big part of her is gone while describing him “irreplaceable soulmate”, stating he died of complications from respiratory issues due to complications from COVID-19 from which she claimed he already recovered from. In a statement on Saturday, She said: “With gratitude to the Supreme Being for a life well spent, I announce the passing on of my beloved husband, Comrade Yinka Odumakin to the great beyond after a brief illness. “The ...
Actress Georgina Onuoha Blasts FFK for Taking the COVID19 Vaccine Months after Describing it as Evil
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Actress Georgina Onuoha Blasts FFK for Taking the COVID19 Vaccine Months after Describing it as Evil

Georgina Onuoha has blasted former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, who a few days ago took his first jab of the COVID19 vaccine, months after describing same as evil. FFK on several occasions in 2020 spoke against the COVID19 vaccine, saying it was evil and ''Gates killer vaccine''. It came as a surprise to many Nigerians on Tuesday, March 30 when he took his first jab of the vaccine. Georgina is appalled by his actions and took to her Instagram page to drag him as well as clergyman, Chris Oyakhilome. Read her post below; ''So this piece of shit called @real_ffk for months mislead millions of Nigerians by instilling fears in them regarding the coronavirus and the vaccine that followed. He lied and mislead them. Made various false statements and conspiracy theories abo...
Torreira Confirms he Wants to Leave Arsenal after Mother’s Death
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Torreira Confirms he Wants to Leave Arsenal after Mother’s Death

Arsenal midfielder, Lucas Torreira, has said he wants to join Boca Juniors in order to be closer to his family, following his mother’s death. In an emotional interview with ESPN Argentina, Torreira who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, confirmed his mother had passed after a battle with COVID-19. The Uruguay international also admitted he has long dreamed of playing for Boca, and he intends to fulfil the wish of his father by returning to South America. Torreira said: “I am trying to understand the situation. It is difficult to come to terms with it but as time passes, we will come to live with this pain. “My mother was 53 years old and died from Covid. There was an outbreak in Fray Bentos (Torreira’s hometown in Uruguay) and she spent 11 days fighting but on Monday ...
U.K Fines Pastor Chris Oyakhilome For Spreading Covid-19 Conspiracy Theories
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U.K Fines Pastor Chris Oyakhilome For Spreading Covid-19 Conspiracy Theories

The Office of Communications in the United Kingdom better known as Ofcom, has sanctioned religious channel, Loveworld, owned by Nigerian Pastor, Chris Oyakhilome. Ofcom said in a statement that the station was fined £125,000 (N65.6m) for breaching the country’s broadcasting code by disseminating misinformation on COVID-19. The statement read in part, “Today we have fined Loveworld £125,000 for this breach of the broadcasting code. This was the second time in a year that the broadcaster breached our rules on accuracy in news and harm in its coverage of the coronavirus.” On December 1 2020, Loveworld aired a 29-hour programme called the Global Day of Prayer, during which claims were made about the COVID-19. According to the agency, these claims included the notion that the ou...
48 New Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria
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48 New Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria

48 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Nigeria on Monday, March 29, 2021. According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC, Lagos recorded 13 new cases, the highest for the day. Other states with new cases include Kaduna-7, Nasarawa-7, Kano-6, Kwara-5, Ondo-4, Akwa Ibom-3, and Osun-3. The agency also disclosed that they were 28 community recoveries in Ekiti State managed in line with guidelines. Nigeria now has a total of 162,641 confirmed cases. 150,466 patients have been discharged so far with 2,049 deaths recorded.
Real Madrid Star, Marcelo  Caught Violating COVID-19 Rules, Faces fine
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Real Madrid Star, Marcelo Caught Violating COVID-19 Rules, Faces fine

Real Madrid left-back, Marcelo, faces a fine for breaking the travel restrictions currently in place to halt the spread of COVID-19. This was decided after the Valencian regional government confirmed it had started investigating the Brazilian international on Monday. The confirmation came shortly after Marcelo posted a photo of himself and his family at the Malvarrosa beach in Valencia on social media. The current travel restrictions prohibit a resident in Madrid to leave the Comunidad de Madrid. All entry in the Comunidad Valenciana from other parts of Spain is also forbidden. For the Real Madrid player to take a family photo at a beach in Valencia, he must have done both. Sources in the Valencian government have described Marcelo’s behaviour as showing a lack of sol...
Philippines Orders More than 25 Million People into Lockdown Over Easter Celebration after Recording 9838 Covid-19 Cases in Just One day
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Philippines Orders More than 25 Million People into Lockdown Over Easter Celebration after Recording 9838 Covid-19 Cases in Just One day

Citizens of Philippines won't be celebrating Easter in a normal way this year as the country's leader has imposed a strict lockdown in the capital and nearby provinces, spoiling Easter plans for millions in the Catholic dominated country. Over the weekend, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced the lockdown after the country reported 9,838 new Covid-19 cases -- the country's highest single day increase. According to the Philippines News Agency, Philippines has reported more than 720,000 coronavirus cases, including 13,170 deaths, making it one of the worst affected countries in Asia. Since February there has been a rise in daily reported cases and the country is now reporting more than 9,000 new cases a day. More than 25 million people across Metro Manila and nearb...
Alex Iwobi tests Positive for COVID-19
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Alex Iwobi tests Positive for COVID-19

Officials of Nigeria’s National team have confirmed that midfielder Alex Iwobi has tested positive for COVID-19. Iwobi, who is with the Super Eagles in Benin Republic for the AFCON 2021 Qualifiers, has been left out of the matchday squad. MCI gathered that the mandatory matchday COVID-19 test results had been made available to the Coaches well ahead of the game on Saturday. Iwobi, 24, has played 44 times for Nigeria since his debut in 2015. He could also miss out of Nigeria’s final AFCON qualifying match against Lesotho.   The midfielder, who plays his club football for English Premier League side Everton is already in isolation.
Iheanacho vs Osimhen: Rohr Told to Change Nigeria’s Lead Attacker against Benin, Lesotho
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Iheanacho vs Osimhen: Rohr Told to Change Nigeria’s Lead Attacker against Benin, Lesotho

  Ifeanyi Udeze, a former Super Eagles defender, has told head coach, Gernot Rohr, to allow Kelechi Iheanacho lead the team’s attack ahead of Victor Osimhen against Benin Republic and Lesotho in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, qualifiers. Rohr’s men will travel to Cotonou on Friday for their matchday five ties against Benin in Porto Novo on Saturday. The Super Eagles will also tackle Lesotho next week Tuesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. But Udeze believes Iheanacho’s brilliant goal-scoring form for Leicester City in the Premier League and recently his two goals against Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final last week is an indication that the former Manchester City star must lead Nigeria’s attack ahead of Osimhen. Recall that Osimhen has be...
Coronavirus Vaccine allegedly Being Sold in Ikate, Lagos
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Coronavirus Vaccine allegedly Being Sold in Ikate, Lagos

Some Twitter users have alleged that the free AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine which arrived the country few weeks ago, is being sold in Ikate area of Lagos. While @irizzzy alleged that the vaccine is being sold for N100k, @ulxma said she witnessed the vaccine being sold at Ikate Primary Health Centre. Read the tweets below;
EPL Confirms Schedule for 2021/2022 Season
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EPL Confirms Schedule for 2021/2022 Season

The Premier League has confirmed dates when the 2021/2022 Premier League will kick off and end. The next season will begin August 14, 2021, and end May 22, 2022. The current season, which was hampered by the outbreak of COVID-19, started on September 12, 2021. It is scheduled to end May 23, 2021. Liverpool is the defending champions but is already out of the running to retain their title. Manchester City is currently top of the Premier League with 71 points. Pep Guardiola’s men are 14 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United with eight games left to play.
Governor Makinde Looks Calm While Taking His COVID-19 Vaccine Jab As Oyo Begins Rollout
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Governor Makinde Looks Calm While Taking His COVID-19 Vaccine Jab As Oyo Begins Rollout

Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo state, on Wednesday, took his first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Oyo got 127,740 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on March 11. The state government, however, said it conducted sterility test on its doses “to determine if the vaccines do not actually have other secondary form of infective substance”, hence the delay in administration. Speaking after getting his shot, Makinde said it does not matter that the state started late. He added that the number of doses administered in Oyo would soon surpass that of states which began earlier. The governor assured the people that the vaccine is safe while encouraging them to take the shots. “When I was reading the newspaper this morning, I saw Oyo state, and they said we...
Vladimir Putin Gets Coronavirus Vaccine behind Closed Doors
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Vladimir Putin Gets Coronavirus Vaccine behind Closed Doors

Russia President, Vladimir Putin received his Covid-19 vaccination  behind close doors on Tuesday according a statement released by the Kremlin. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media late Tuesday night, March 23: "Putin was vaccinated against the coronavirus. (He) feels good. Tomorrow he has a full working day." No video or images of the vaccination process have been made available. Earlier in the day the Kremlin said Putin's vaccination would not be a public event. Peskov said that the reason the vaccination was not being recorded was because Putin "doesn't like" being vaccinated on camera, before adding, "you will have to take our word for it." An unusual move for a leader who sometimes poses topless and shares photos of himself fishing or hiking. When aske...
MTN’s 300,000 Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive Nigeria
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MTN’s 300,000 Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive Nigeria

The Nigerian government has taken delivery of the first set of 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines out of a total of 1.4 million doses designated for Nigeria by the AU. The vaccines are a combination of doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility, and from the African Union’s (AU) COVID-19 vaccination programme, towards which the MTN Group contributed $25 million, the telecom company said in a statement on Tuesday. The vaccines will be distributed among health workers in Nigeria by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency. Commenting on the vaccines, Dr Faisal Shuaib, Director-General of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA), said: “On behalf of health care workers in Nigeria, we commend the efforts of the Nigerian government and the Afr...
Two COVID-19 Vaccines Developed in Nigeria are Awaiting Trial and Certification – PTF
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Two COVID-19 Vaccines Developed in Nigeria are Awaiting Trial and Certification – PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said that two vaccines developed in the country are awaiting clinical trials and certification. Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha who disclosed this during the PTF national briefing in Abuja on Monday March 22, described it as a welcome development that will open a new vista in scientific breakthrough and will boost the morale and image of the medical industry in the country. Mustapha also called for collaboration among relevant agencies to ensure that the effort is successful. He said; “The disclosure that Nigerian scientists have produced at least two local COVID-19 vaccines which are awaiting clinical trials and certification is significant. “This is a welcome development that will open a new vista i...
Congo’s Main Opposition Candidate, Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas, Dies Of COVID-19 A Day After Election
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Congo’s Main Opposition Candidate, Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas, Dies Of COVID-19 A Day After Election

The Republic of Congo's main opposition candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas died as he was being transferred to France for treatment for Covid-19, his campaign director told AFP Monday, a day after presidential elections were held. Kolelas "died in the medical aircraft which came to get him from Brazzaville on Sunday afternoon", said Christian Cyr Rodrigue Mayanda. Kolelas was being evacuated to France for treatment when he passed away. He first tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday and fell seriously ill. He spent election day in hospital. In a video that circulated on social media, 61-year-old Kolelas, who was diabetic, could be seen briefly removing an oxygen mask to tell his supporters that he is "fighting death". "Rise up as one person ... I'm fighting on my deathbed....
National Sports Festival: Obaseki, Dare, insist athletes in Edo must be vaccinated
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National Sports Festival: Obaseki, Dare, insist athletes in Edo must be vaccinated

The festival had suffered several setbacks from March 2020 because of COVID-19 and is now scheduled to hold from April 2 to 14, 2021. Receiving the Sports Minister at the Government House, Benin City on Friday, Obaseki hailed the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to support the state in hosting the National Sports Festival. The governor also led the minister on a tour of facilities for the Sports Festival, adding that “It is clear that the facilities at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium are world-class.” According to Obaseki the state is ready to host the sports tournament, the postponement is very challenging for the state following the preparation and resources committed to hosting the games. “Hosting the games is the right thing to do despite the challenges from CO...
Former Arsenal Footballer, Andrey Arshavin’s ex-wife Fighting for life in hospital after catching Covid-19 while recovering from pancreatitis and peritonitis
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Former Arsenal Footballer, Andrey Arshavin’s ex-wife Fighting for life in hospital after catching Covid-19 while recovering from pancreatitis and peritonitis

Former model, Alisa Arshavina, 38, the ex-wife of Arsenal football star Andrey Arshavin, 39, is fighting for her life in hospital after contracting covid-19 while in hospital with an unrelated illness Alisa had been “between life and death” in intensive care in St Petersburg, Russia, for eight days, according to her mum Natalia Sarycheva. Alisa, a regular poster on Instagram has now stayed a month without posting on social media. Before catching Covid-19 she reportedly had acute pancreatitis and peritonitis and was put into an artificial coma. Her mum said: “She has Covid-19 and pneumonia with a complication.” Her health issues come amid a bitter legal battle with Arshavin who she marrid in 2016. She shares a child with the Russian football star. The pair divorced...
Kenyan News Anchor ‘Winnie Mukami’ Dies From COVID-19 Complications
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Kenyan News Anchor ‘Winnie Mukami’ Dies From COVID-19 Complications

Kenya is mourning once again, this time, the death of former NTV news anchor Winnie Mukami. The anchor has passed away on Thursday, 18th of 2020 due to COVID-19 related complications. Mukami left NTV in 2010 after working with them for seven years. She recently served as a board member at Kenya Pipeline. She became known in 2003 when she anchored NTV News during its launch. Winnie Mukami’s family says she was admitted last Friday in hospital after falling ill. The death of Mukami comes two days after Royal Media Services journalist Robin Njogu also succumbed to the disease. This also happens just hours after the death of Tanzanian president John Magufuli. Her workmates and friends have since paid tribute to her; Silas Chepkeres wrote, "I am terribly saddened at the pass...
Tanzanian President, John Pombe Magufuli dies at the age of 61
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Tanzanian President, John Pombe Magufuli dies at the age of 61

Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has died at the age of 61, after weeks of speculation that he was infected with COVID-19. Announcing the President's death in a live television broadcast, the country's Vice-President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, said the President died on Wednesday, March 17, from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam. "Our beloved president passed on at 6 p.m. this evening," said Suluhu. "All flags will be flown at half-mast for 14 days. "It is sad news. The president has had this illness for the past 10 years.'' President John Magufuli was one of Africa's most prominent COVID-19 skeptics. He had downplayed the severity of the virus and called for prayers and herbal-infused steam therapy to counter the virus. At one point, he made fun of...
We gave Niger Delta governors N100m each as COVID-19 palliatives – NDDC
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We gave Niger Delta governors N100m each as COVID-19 palliatives – NDDC

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has said that it gave each of the governors of the nine oil-producing states N100million each as COVID-19 palliatives.   NDDC officials reportedly made the claim while appearing before the Senate Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petitions.   Chairman of the Committee, Senator Patrick Ayo Akinyelure told reporters that the Senate may summon the governors to testify on how the money was spent.   Akinyelure who added that the NDDC Sole Administrator must appear before it or risk an arrest warrant being issued against him over non-appearance, added that the money given to the Governors is part of N6.25 billion allegedly expended by the NDDC on COVID-19 palliatives.   He reiterated that the petiti...
FG Fixes Dates To Reopen Kano, Enugu, PH Airports For International Flights
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FG Fixes Dates To Reopen Kano, Enugu, PH Airports For International Flights

The federal government has announced dates for the reopening of Kano, Enugu, and Port Harcourt airports, for international flights. Speaking at the weekly briefing of the presidential taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 on Monday, Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, said Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu airports will be reopened for international flights on April 5, April 15 and May 3 respectively. There have been calls for the federal government to reopen the international wing of the airports, since it was shut in 2020 as part of efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The minister had said the decision to suspend international flights in Kano — as is the case with the airports in Enugu and Port Harcourt — was for health and security reasons. “There have been agitations for us to ...
Moderna Begins Testing its COVID-19 Vaccine on Young Children
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Moderna Begins Testing its COVID-19 Vaccine on Young Children

Moderna has begun testing its COVID-19 vaccine in young children. The biotech firm announced on Tuesday, March 16, the first participants in a study of children between 6 months and 12 years old received doses of its COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna collaborated with the National Institutes of Health and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority on the study. Moderna plans to enroll 6,750 participants in the US and Canada in the trial, called the KidCOVE study. Researchers will evaluate the safety of the two-dose vaccine given 28 days apart. The US has not approved a COVID-19 vaccine for people under 16 years old. Researchers prioritized adults in initial vaccine trials, as severe COVID-19 illness in children is rare. According to Cleveland Clinic, clinical trials...
8,000 Nigerians have been Vaccinated with no adverse effect – FG allays fears over AstraZeneca vaccine
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8,000 Nigerians have been Vaccinated with no adverse effect – FG allays fears over AstraZeneca vaccine

The federal government of Nigeria said 8,000 Nigerians have been given the Covid-19 vaccine so far, including President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and none has reported any adverse effect since the vaccination began last week. A number of countries have suspended the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to concerns over reported negative effects. However, the federal government yesterday, March 15, assured Nigerians of its safety. It said no case of side effects of the vaccine such as blood clotting has so far been reported in the country. The number of countries that have suspended AstraZeneca vaccine increased yesterday with France, Germany, Spain and Italy joining the long list. But the World Health Organisation (WHO) advised countries using ...
COVID-19: Our Vaccine Experience, By Sanwo-Olu, Hamza
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COVID-19: Our Vaccine Experience, By Sanwo-Olu, Hamza

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat said they felt no side effects whatsoever three days after taking the COVID-19 vaccine. This came as Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, his deputy, Mr. Philip Shaibu, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma, his wife Chioma, deputy governor Prof. Placid Njoku and Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong on Monday took their own shots. Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat and Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi took the vaccine on March 12. Sanwo-Olu, who addressed reporters at his office on Monday, said he felt no side effects contrary to widespread speculation that the vaccine comes with side effects. He said: “It has been three days since I got the AstraZeneca vaccine. I can confirm to you that I felt no after-effects....
287 New Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria
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287 New Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria

287 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Nigeria on Thursday, March 11, 2021. According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Enugu recorded 107 new cases, the highest for the day. Other states with new cases include Kwara-26, Akwa Ibom-23, Bauchi-22,  Ogun-21, Rivers-19, Kaduna-14, FCT-11,  Abia-8,  Edo-8,  Ekiti-6,  Kano-5, Gombe-4,  Osun-4,  Oyo-3, Plateau-3, Nasarawa-2, and Delta-1. The agency also disclosed that they were 1,858 community recoveries in FCT and 259 community recoveries in Lagos State Nigeria now has a total of 159,933 confirmed cases 142,404 patients have been discharged so far with 2,001 deaths recorded.
EFCC arrest Nigerian man who defrauded US state of Virginia and collected COVID-19 relief cheque
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EFCC arrest Nigerian man who defrauded US state of Virginia and collected COVID-19 relief cheque

Collins Samuel, a Nigerian man who fraudulently obtained $8,000 COVID-19 benefit from the U.S. State of Virginia has been arrested and remanded in EFCC custody. The suspect who was arraigned before Justice P. Mallong of the Federal High Court in Kaduna, pleaded  ‘not guilty’ to the one count charge that borders on impersonation and obtaining by false pretences. Collins was reportedly arrested in Jos, Plateau State where he fraudulently represented himself as Ashley Cooper, an American citizen affected by COVID–19. It was alleged that he obtained $8,000 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) from Virginia, United States and reportedly redeemed the $8,000 benefit through bitcoin wallet addresses he got from various cryptocurrency traders. Justice Mallong adjourned the case...
No Decision On Aguero Contract Until Summer – Guardiola
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No Decision On Aguero Contract Until Summer – Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said a decision on record scorer Sergio Aguero's contract situation will not be made until the end of the season. Argentine Aguero has made just 11 appearances in all competitions this season due to injury and COVID-19. The 32-year-old made his first start in four months in City's 2-1 Premier League win over West Ham United last month but was an unused substitute in subsequent games against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United. Aguero, who joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011, will be out of contract at the end of the campaign and Guardiola said negotiations over a new deal would have to wait until the summer. "We are going to talk to him (Aguero) as a human being, as a person and, of course, as a player," Guardiola said. "...
Picture Of Jigawa Governor Looking Scared As He Receives COVID-19 Vaccine
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Picture Of Jigawa Governor Looking Scared As He Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

Governor of Jigawa State Muhammad Badaru Abubakar has received his AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at Government House in Dutse. The governor’s personal physician administered the vaccine on him at the government house clinic. DAILY POST reports that the Jigawa State Government received 68,520 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, to be administered on 35,000 people in the state. Speaking after the vaccination, Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar said the COVID vaccine is free and safe. He explained that the vaccine will be distributed across the 287 primary Health care centres across the state. “We are going to distribute the vaccine to all the primary Health cares centres in 287 ward that was already been provided with steady power supply” Badaru said the COVID-19 vaccine will ...

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