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David Adefeso’s restraining order against his ex Tamar Braxton is dissolved after they failed to appear in court
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David Adefeso’s restraining order against his ex Tamar Braxton is dissolved after they failed to appear in court

A restraining order against Tamar Braxton which was filed by her ex-Nigerian boyfriend, David Adefeso, in a Los Angeles court, has been dismissed. According to TMZ, the 43-year-old reality star and her ex failed to attend the Tuesday hearing, leading the court to dissolve the legal arrangement. In September 2020, Adefeso filed  for a restraining order against Tamar, who is the younger sister of R&B staple Toni Braxton amid claims that she had made death threats against him, and had assaulted him while he was driving. Appearing on The Tamron Hall Show last October,Tamrar denied her ex's claims. 'I am a survivor a domestic violence relationship,' she told Hall. 'And not at any point [were] David and I in an abusive relationship.' She also claimed that they had audio re...
1.3m People Tested For HIV In 7 Months In Akwa Ibom
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1.3m People Tested For HIV In 7 Months In Akwa Ibom

A total of 1,355,203 persons have been tested for HIV in Akwa Ibom between April and October this year. The Deputy Director Technical, Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS), Dr Pius Nwaokoro stated this on Thursday in Uyo during an interaction with some media representatives on HIV treatment surge. He said the state has achieved 90 percent HIV/AIDS viral suppression rate and successfully controlled the epidemic in seven local government areas including, Uyo, Mbo, Okobo, Eastern Obolo, and Ibeno. Nwaokoro who revealed that 65,185 people in the state are HIV positive noted that the result was based on 10 years of consistent testing and counselling carried out in 21 local government areas of the state.
“There’s an Epidemic of Male Entitlement” – Chimamanda Adichie Speaks on Rape
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“There’s an Epidemic of Male Entitlement” – Chimamanda Adichie Speaks on Rape

Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie, has reacted to the increase of rape and murder of females in Nigeria, stating that there is an epidemic of male entitlement. Adichie made this known during a United Nations virtual forum on sexual and gender-based violence on Wednesday. Citing recent cases in Nigeria, the feminist decried the pervasiveness of rape and other forms of sexual assault on women and girls in society. She said; “I think that there is an epidemic of male entitlement towards female bodies. It’s a global epidemic, and it’s something we need to address. “What I have noticed in reactions to these horrific cases is that there is a language around rape and sexual assault on women that we really need to think and talk about. “We live in a culture that diminishes ...
Worst of COVID-19 in Italy Over – Pope Francis
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Worst of COVID-19 in Italy Over – Pope Francis

The leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has declared that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis is over. The pontiff said this while addressing the Catholic congregation for the first time at Saint Peter’s Square, Rome, since the ban on religious congregation due to COVID-19 in the country. The Vatican had yesterday said there were no more cases of COVID-19 within its population. “Your presence in the square is a sign that in Italy the acute phase of the epidemic is over,” Francis told those assembled for his weekly Angelus prayer. “But be careful… do not celebrate victory too soon,” he added. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni in a statement yesterday night said that the last person found to have been infected with the virus in re...
Wuhan Officially Bans Eating Wild Animals
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Wuhan Officially Bans Eating Wild Animals

Authorities in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, have officially banned eating, hunting and breeding wild animals. A notice on the city's municipal government website said the ban will come into immediate effect and will last for five years. The novel coronavirus was first recorded in Wuhan late last year and the outbreak was linked to a seafood market where live animals were also sold. However, following the outbreak of the virus, hunting is now banned in Wuhan except for "scientific research, population regulation, monitoring of epidemic diseases and other special circumstances," the notice says. "Hunting of wild animals is strictly prohibited," the statement says. "The administrative area of ??the whole city is a wildlife sanctuary." There will also be...
Bill Gates Says he Urged Trump to Get the Nation Ready for a Pandemic Weeks Before he Became US President
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Bill Gates Says he Urged Trump to Get the Nation Ready for a Pandemic Weeks Before he Became US President

Billionaire Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, has revealed that he informed Donald Trump to prepare for pandemic weeks before Trump became the U.S. president. Gates, who is funding different companies in the production of a vaccine, has been vocal about the Coronavirus pandemic since it broke out in February in the US, and has granted numerous interviews recently to talk about the disease that has now killed over 80,000 people in the US. Gates met with then-President-elect Trump at Trump Tower in New York City in December 2016 and has now revealed that he made his pitch of a soon coming pandemic to Trump as well as his opponent in the presidential race, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Gates speaking to the Wall Street Journal, lamented that he did not do more to alert the world of ...
No New Case of Coronavirus has been Recorded in the Last 8 Days -Mauritius Says
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No New Case of Coronavirus has been Recorded in the Last 8 Days -Mauritius Says

Mauritius recorded no new COVID-19 cases for the past eight days, according to statistics provided by the National Communication Committee on Monday, May 4. Currently, there are only three active cases out of the 332 positive confirmed cases registered including 10 deaths. While 315 people have recovered from the virus. Despite no new cases in the last eight-days, the sanitary curfew put in place on March 20, and which should have ended today, was extended until June 1, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced last Friday. “The population will need a little more patience, to avoid the risk of a second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic,” Jugnauth said. The Government of Mauritius is already planning a gradual resumption of certain activities, which will be added to essential se...
New Ebola Case Logged In DR Congo Days Before Outbreak’s Expected End
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New Ebola Case Logged In DR Congo Days Before Outbreak’s Expected End

A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), days before the country’s largest-ever outbreak was expected to be declared over. The World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement on Friday April 10, and further disclosed that the new case was confirmed in Beni, a town at the heart of the epidemic in eastern DRC. The patient died on Thursday morning in a hospital after showing symptoms several days earlier. The new case of the deadly disease was confirmed 52 days after the last case was recorded. Until Friday, no new cases had been registered since February 17. WHO said in a statement; “Preliminary information shows that he is a 26-year-old man in Beni territory,” the multisectoral committee for the response to the epidemic sa...
Togo declares three-month ‘state of emergency’ over Coronavirus
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Togo declares three-month ‘state of emergency’ over Coronavirus

A three-month “state of emergency” has been declared by President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo, just after the West-African nation announced that it has recorded 36 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and two deaths from the disease.   Gnassingbe who declared a nationwide curfew between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. local time starting from Thursday April 2, disclosed that an anti-pandemic special unit of 5,000 people from defense and security forces has been set-up to observe the measures to fight the epidemic.   The Togolese President said;   “I am addressing you in a very particular context where the world is faced with an unprecedented coronavirus-caused health crisis. “In view of the seriousness of the situation and in keeping with the constitutional provisions, I declare...
Over 600,000 Coronavirus Cases, 27,000 Deaths Recorded Globally
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Over 600,000 Coronavirus Cases, 27,000 Deaths Recorded Globally

It has been reported that more than 600,000 cases of the novel coronavirus have been officially recorded around the world since the outbreak of the epidemic. This is according to an AFP tally at 1045 GMT on Saturday. There were 605,010 cases of infection with 27,982 deaths in 183 countries and territories. The United States had 104,837 cases of which 1,711 were fatal. Italy had the highest number of deaths at 9,134 and a total of 86,498 cases. China, the epicentre of the outbreak, had 81,394 cases and 3,295 deaths. The figures represent only a fraction of the number of infections as many countries only carry out tests on suspected cases if they are hospitalised.
Man Shares Experience Trying To Get Tested For Covid-19 In Lagos
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Man Shares Experience Trying To Get Tested For Covid-19 In Lagos

Today being 23 march 2020, I went to LUTH due to the appointment I have with the E.N.T doctor. When the time came for the Dr to see us the patients, she addressed us and asked everyone to go home due to the corona virus epidemic and how unprepared the hospital was to protect staff working there. She reveald that LAGOS UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL does not have enough air ventilator, that LUTH only has about 15 ventilators and the nature of ENT clinic demands close contact with patients for thorough examination and she won't risk her life even if she has ventilators. She told us to either wait until the epidemic is over or go to NCDC and get tested for the virus assuring us that if an individual can get two negative result within 48hrs and bring the result for confirmation, then s...
Couple Arrested For Having Public Sex In Italy
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Couple Arrested For Having Public Sex In Italy

The couple were caught having sex on a road in broad day light at Mecenate near Milan. According to news agency ANSA, the couple disobeyed the quarantine rule in Italy which bans two people from being in the front or back of a vehicle together. However, it was not revealed whether the couple will be prosecuted for their actions. Italy is recorded as one of the countries mostly affected by the COVID-19 epidemic as it has recorded 31,506 cases with 2,503 deaths.
Iran Pardons 10,000 Prisoners in Addition to Releasing 85,000 Inmates as Coronavirus Deaths Spike
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Iran Pardons 10,000 Prisoners in Addition to Releasing 85,000 Inmates as Coronavirus Deaths Spike

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will pardon 10,000 more prisoners including political detainees in an apparent bid to combat the coronavirus epidemic. The move comes a day after a health ministry official revealed that the countries' death toll has jumped by 149 to 1,284 in 24 hours while the total number of infected people increased to 18,407. Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said: 'With 149 new deaths in the past 24 hours, the death toll from the virus reaches 1,284. Unfortunately, we had 1,046 new cases of infection since yesterday.' On Tuesday, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said Iran had temporarily freed about 85,000 people from jail, including political prisoners, in response to the coronavirus epidemic. Two days later, State TV quoted the...
Lizzo shows some skin in a blue bikini while dancing with friends at a pool party
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Lizzo shows some skin in a blue bikini while dancing with friends at a pool party

Singer, Lizzo took to social media to show off her cleavage and skin while wearing a blue bikini at a pool party. Lizzo took to social media app TikTok on Sunday to share a video of herself dancing with friends despite the coronavirus epidemic rocking the US at the moment.     She captioned the video: 'POV ur at a pool party and one crazy b***h forces everyone into her TikTok.' See more photos below.
EU criticizes President Trump’s ‘Unilateral’ Travel Ban From Europe
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EU criticizes President Trump’s ‘Unilateral’ Travel Ban From Europe

The European Union has slammed the new travel ban issued to travellers from European countries by U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday due to the Coronavirus epidemic, blasting Trump's decision as a “unilateral” decision taken “without consultation.” Coronavirus has taken a toll on Europe with Italy the hardest hit. Trump on Thursday announced travel restrictions against European countries excluding the UK and Ireland, saying Europe hasn't done enough to stop the deadly virus from spreading. In a joint statement by EU Council president Charles Michel and the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, they insisted that the coronavirus pandemics is a “global crisis, not limited to any continent and it requires cooperation rather than unilateral action.” “The Europea...
Algerian Protest Movement Faces New Threat: Coronavirus
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Algerian Protest Movement Faces New Threat: Coronavirus

Algerians are watching to see whether a global epidemic will do what the ruling authorities they describe as le pouvoir – the powers that be – have failed to achieve, and quell a year of mass protests. The street demonstrations in Algiers and other cities take place on Fridays and Tuesdays, and protesters contacted by Reuters were divided over whether to march this week. On Thursday, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered schools and universities to close after health authorities said the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had risen to 24 with one person dead. The government has already decreed measures to stop the disease spreading, including a ban on spectators at sports events, and on political, social and cultural gatherings. However, the authorities have not said wh...
Algeria Announce its First Coronavirus Death
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Algeria Announce its First Coronavirus Death

The Algerian Health Ministry on Thursday announced that a woman has died from Coronavirus, becoming the first fatality in the North African country. The ministry said the woman died in a hospital in the province of Blida, near the capital Algiers. According to the ministry, she is among 24 confirmed Coronavirus infections recorded in Algeria. They include five cases announced on Thursday, two of whom recently came from France. On Tuesday, Morocco, a neighbour of Algeria, reported its first death from the virus. Egypt, another North African country, announced its first such fatality on Sunday. Experts consider Africa to be at high risk due to its close links with China, the epicentre of the Coronavirus epidemic and the weak health systems in many African countries. ...
Coronavirus Cases Surpass 100,000 Worldwide
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Coronavirus Cases Surpass 100,000 Worldwide

COVID-19 cases have now surpassed 100,000 worldwide since the flu-like coronavirus broke out from Wuhan in China. The total number of cases now stands at 100,055 as of 8 a.m. ET on Friday, according to data compiled by John Hopkins. The majority of the cases are in mainland China, followed by South Korea, Iran and Italy. In the United States, there are at least 233 cases and 14 deaths, according to John Hopkins. At least 3,398 people have died due to the virus globally. On Thursday, the World Health Organization called on all nations to “pull out all the stops” to fight the COVID-19 outbreak as it continues to spread Worldwide. “This epidemic can be pushed back but only with a coordinated and comprehensive approach that engages the entire machinery of government,” WHO Direc...
Coronavirus Fears Cost The World’s 5 Richest People $36bn This Week
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Coronavirus Fears Cost The World’s 5 Richest People $36bn This Week

The world’s five richest people finished their worst week ever in terms of dollars lost on Friday, hemorrhaging a combined $36.5 billion as the spread of the epidemic punished stocks and stoked worries about a global recession. That’s a sum that dwarfs the market capitalization of any number of US corporate giants, including Ford Motor Co., Clorox and Snap Inc. The week’s biggest loser was Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, who lost $11.7 billion during five blistering days of stock trading, leaving him with a fortune of $116 billion that nevertheless remained the world’s biggest, according to Forbes. Bezos — who earlier this month shelled out $165 million for a Beverly Hills mansion — was seconded by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the world’s No. 2 tycoon, who is down $5.7 billion wi...
We Beat Ebola, We are Capable of Dealing with Coronavirus- NCDC boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu tells CNN
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We Beat Ebola, We are Capable of Dealing with Coronavirus- NCDC boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu tells CNN

Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director General of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has said that Nigeria is more than capable of dealing with coronavirus as this has been proven in the manner in which the country handled the Ebola virus epidemic in 2014. Ihekweazu in an interview with CNN today, said “Nigeria is ready. We successfully managed Ebola and we manage outbreaks all the time and are currently managing Lassa fever. We have a strong team that is used to doing this.”  Speaking on how the Italian who has been confirmed with Coronavirus, came into the country without being detected at the Lagos airport, Ihekweazu said temperature scanners at the airport could not detect the disease because the man had no symptom when he arrived Nigeria. “We are very hopeful...
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Prominent Activist Arrested for Criticizing President Xi’s Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak in China

A prominent Chinese activist who criticized President Xi Jinping's handling of the coronavirus epidemic while in hiding has been arrested, a rights group said Tuesday. Xu Zhiyong, an anti-corruption activist was arrested on Saturday after being on the run since December, according to Amnesty International. Another source, who spoke to AFP on the condition of anonymity, said Xu had been arrested in the southern city of Guangzhou. On February 4, Xu released an article calling on Xi to step down and criticised his leadership across a range of issues including the US-China trade war, Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests and the coronavirus epidemic, which has now killed nearly 1,900 people. 'Medical supplies are tight, hospitals are filled with patients, and a large number of inf...
21 U.S. States Reject $18 Billion Offer from Pharmaceutical Companies as Compensation Over Opioids Addiction Lawsuit
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21 U.S. States Reject $18 Billion Offer from Pharmaceutical Companies as Compensation Over Opioids Addiction Lawsuit

21 U.S. States have rejected an $18 billion settlement offer from pharmaceutical companies that produce opioids in the US. The offer is part of a $50bn proposal by the pharmaceutical companies to resolve more than 2,000 suits filed by several state and local governments over the company's handling of the highly addictive painkillers as the states seek to recoup billions in tax dollars they have spent marshaling costs of the U.S. opioid epidemic that has ravaged families. Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. They are mostly used as pain releivers but are very addictive...
Lassa fever now in 27 states – Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire
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Lassa fever now in 27 states – Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on Thursday February 6 announced that the Lassa Fever epidemic has been confirmed in 27 states of the federation. Speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day seminar for 36 State Health Commissioners’ organised by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum in Abuja, the Minister disclosed that the Lassa Fever epidemic has also claimed the lives of two doctors. Ehanire also revealed that the Nigerian government is working with a German research firm to develop a vaccine for the virus, as pointed out that government cannot curb the spread of the disease alone. He said; ”I thank you all at this point for commendation the federal ministry of health has received in its efforts to contain the outbreak of Lassa fever which has moved to about 27 state...
Coronavirus: NCDC Says FG To Site Isolation Centres In FCT, 7 States
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Coronavirus: NCDC Says FG To Site Isolation Centres In FCT, 7 States

The National Centre for Disease Control says isolation facilities for coronavirus will be sited in the Federal Capital Territory and seven states across Nigeria. The NCDC, in a statement on its website yesterday, said it “is currently preparing treatment and isolation facilities in the Federal Capital Territory and seven other priority states in Nigeria. They are Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, Enugu, Delta, Cross River and Kano States. The centre said the risk assessment conducted by the World Health Organisation which placed Nigeria at high risk, implied that “there is a high chance of an infected person coming into Nigeria. Till date, there’s no confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.” It said though the WHO had not placed any travel or trade restriction on China, it was ad...
Seven Countries to Discuss joint response to Coronavirus crisis
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Seven Countries to Discuss joint response to Coronavirus crisis

G7 countries will discuss a joint response to the coronavirus epidemic, Germany's health minister said on Sunday. Jens Spahn said he had talked on the phone with his US counterpart and "we agreed that there should be a conference call, a discussion by G7 health ministers about this question with the aim of dealing with it together". Spahn added: "There is no point in each country deciding on measures alone". The Group of Seven (G7) comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. China imposed a lockdown Sunday on a major city far from the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic, as its death toll from the disease soared to 304 and the first fatality outside the country was reported in the Philippines. Prof. Dr. Maria Vehresschild...
Philippines Records First Coronavirus Death Outside China
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Philippines Records First Coronavirus Death Outside China

The Philippines has reported the first death outside China in the virus epidemic that has killed more than 300 people and spread to 24 nations. The 44-year-old Chinese man who died in the Philippines was from Wuhan, the city that has been ground-zero for the epidemic. Here is what we know — and don’t know — about him: Where He Visited The man and a 38-year-old Chinese woman also from Wuhan, who authorities called his companion, flew from Hong Kong to the Philippines on January 21. Health department authorities said the pair travelled to the central island of Cebu and then the city of Dumaguete, which is on a neighbouring island. Cebu Pacific airline said it was working with health authorities to track down passengers from the two flights they took. How He Died Days afte...
Vietnam Bans all Flights to and From China over Coronavirus
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Vietnam Bans all Flights to and From China over Coronavirus

Vietnamese Government on Saturday announced that it will be suspending all flights to and from China over the coronavirus epidemic. Announcing a public health emergency, Vietnam's government also said it would stop issuing visas for foreign nationals who had been in China in the past two weeks. Permits granted for flights between Vietnam and China, including Hong Kong and Macau as well as self-ruled Taiwan which China claims as its territory, have been revoked until further notice. However shortly after the statement was released, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said it had spoken to the Vietnamese government and had the ban on flights to the island lifted. Recall that the United States and Australia had also announced a temporary ban on granting entry to non-citizens arriving fr...
US Bars Foreign Nationals who Visited China as Death Toll Rises to 259
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US Bars Foreign Nationals who Visited China as Death Toll Rises to 259

The United States government on Friday January 31, declared coronavirus a health emergency and also barred foreign nationals that recently visited China from entering the country. Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services also announced that U.S. citizens who have traveled within the past two weeks to China’s Hubei Province - epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic will undergo a mandatory quarantine of 14 days, the incubation period of the virus. The temporary measure which will be effected from February 2, will also see Americans who visited other parts of mainland China undergo special health screening upon their return, followed by up to 14 days of “monitored self-quarantine" under the temporary restrictions. All flights from China to the US has been diverted to seve...
Canada Says Second Coronavirus Case Is Presumptive
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Canada Says Second Coronavirus Case Is Presumptive

Canadian health authorities on Monday confirmed the country’s first case of a deadly coronavirus that originated in China and said the patient’s wife had also tested positive. The woman’s case is still listed as “presumptive,” pending final confirmation by a national lab in Winnipeg, officials said. Nearly 20 people are being monitored. The patient confirmed to have the virus — a man in his 50s who arrived in Toronto on January 22 from Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic — is being treated in isolation in a hospital there. His wife, who travelled with him, also is believed to have contracted the virus and is in self-isolation, David Williams, Ontario province’s chief medical officer, said in a statement. He qualified the risk to others in Ontario as “low,” given that the ...
US Arranging Charter Flight to Evacuate American Diplomats and Citizens Out of China
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US Arranging Charter Flight to Evacuate American Diplomats and Citizens Out of China

The United States has started plans to evacuate it's citizens and diplomats living in Wuhan, the Chinese city from which the deadly strain of Coronavirus originated from. Coronavirus, a SARS like disease, has killed over 50 people in China already with 2000 cases of infection confirmed already, with the Chinese government putting the city of Wuhan under lockdown as they try to contain the deadly virus.                                                    But the US, in keeping with principles of protecting it's diplomats and citizen all over the world, has finalized plans to evacuate about three dozen diplomats and their families from the US consulate in Wuhan, China and even though the city is in lockdown the Chinese government has been very supportive of the US' move. According to...
Killer Coronavirus Could be Spread Through the Eyes: Chinese Doctor Says
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Killer Coronavirus Could be Spread Through the Eyes: Chinese Doctor Says

A Chinese doctor has revealed that the killer coronavirus could be spread through the eyes and that everyone must wear protective goggles as he fears he might have been infected because he wasn't wearing one. The coronavirus – previously unknown to science – first appeared in Wuhan, a Chinese City, last month. It originated in a meat market and scientists believe it 'jumped the species barrier' from snakes, which may have been on sale illegally, to humans. The disease symptoms include fever, dry cough, which develops to Pneumonia and then death with China reporting 26 deaths already with over 800 affected leading to the Chinese government shutting down the city of Wuhan, stopping people from traveling. Cases of the virus has already been reported in the US, Hong Kong, France a...
Coronavirus: FAAN Issues Travel Advisory
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Coronavirus: FAAN Issues Travel Advisory

In an effort to protect passengers from the epidemic ravaging some countries and to prevent the spread of such communicable diseases into Nigeria, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria hereby advises passengers and other 2...airport users to comply with all quarantine procedures at the nation's airports. All the equipment and personnel used in combating the deadly ebola virus in 2014 are still very much in place at the airports. 3. FAAN has always had thermal scanners in her airports that monitor temperature of passengers and capture their pictures. When passengers walk pass the scanner, it registers their temperature and If too high, they are pulled aside for observation. 4. Recently, a deadly virus known as CORONAVIRUS broke out in China and has since killed six people, wi...
Ebola In DRC ‘Spreading Faster’ – Red Cross
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Ebola In DRC ‘Spreading Faster’ – Red Cross

The Red Cross on Thursday sounded the alarm Thursday over Ebola’s increasingly rapid spread in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the latest outbreak of the virus has killed more than 700 people.  Eighteen new cases were confirmed on Tuesday alone, the highest single-day figure in the eight-month outbreak, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said in a statement. “The bottom line is that Ebola is now spreading faster, and many people are no longer seeking care,” IFRC’s director of health and care, Emanuele Capobianco, said in a statement. “It is clear that some vulnerable communities do not trust Ebola responders,” he added. Poor security owing to the presence of several armed groups, coupled with the resistance of some communities to...
Ebola toll tops 700 in DR Congo
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Ebola toll tops 700 in DR Congo

Some 100 people have died in the Ebola epidemic in DR Congo over the past three weeks, taking the overall death toll in the latest outbreak past 700, according to health ministry data. Local people are now at least receiving vaccines on a large scale for the first time with more than 95,000 getting a dose of the rVSV-Zebov vaccine from Merck laboratories. The health ministry said this had enabled thousands of lives to be saved. The Democratic Republic of Congo declared its tenth outbreak of Ebola in 40 years last August in northeastern North Kivu province before it spread into the neighbouring Ituri region. The current outbreak is the second worst to date, the deadliest being a 2014 epidemic in West Africa which killed more than 10,000 people in Guinea, Liberia ...
Be Loyal to Constitution, NMA Tasks Security Agencies
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Be Loyal to Constitution, NMA Tasks Security Agencies

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Tuesday called on security agencies to show loyalty to the Constitution only. The body also asked politicians to engage in progressive politics and eschew politics of bitterness. A communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and signed by Dr Francis Adedayo Faduyile and Dr Olumuyiwa Peter Odusote, Chairman and Secretary-General respectively, also raised alarm over the kidnapping of its members across the country and called on government to halt the situation. “NEC observed the overtly provocative statements by some political gladiators have started heating up the polity ahead of the 2019 general elections and this is particularly worri...
UNICEF: 360,000 Adolescents Expected to Die of AIDS by 2030
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UNICEF: 360,000 Adolescents Expected to Die of AIDS by 2030

 Some 360,000 adolescents are expected to die of AIDS by 2030 if investment in HIV prevention is not ramped up, according to a UNICEF report released Thursda The figures show the world is “off track’’ in its goal to end AIDS among children by 2030, UNICEF’s executive director, Henrietta Fore, said. Projections show there will be a decline in the number of children and young people infected with HIV and dying from AIDS-related causes. But the UN children’s fund warned progress is notably slower among adolescents – defined by the UN as those between ages 10 and 19. For example, AIDS-related deaths are projected to decrease by 57 per cent among children below the age of 14 by 2030, compared with 35 per cent among those aged 15 to 19 years. “Programmes to...
Kofi Annan, Africa’s Gift to The World — Tinubu
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Kofi Annan, Africa’s Gift to The World — Tinubu

Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General, died on Saturday aged 80. The Kofi Annan Foundation said the former UN boss, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for humanitarian work, died in Switzerland, after a brief illness. Tinubu, in a statement issued by his Media Officer, Mr Tunde Rahman, in Lagos, said the late Kofi Annan initiated interventions in conflict resolution around the world, aimed at achieving world peace. According to him, Kofi Annan was Africa’s gift to the world and a wonderful servant to the international community. ”The death of former Secretary-General of UN, Mr Kofi Annan, in Bern, Switzerland today, August 18, 2018, is a loss to Africa and the entire world because of all that he represented. ”In his lifetime, Kofi Annan distinguished himself a...
Koffi Annan’s Death, END of a Golden Era in Global Politics – Saraki
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Koffi Annan’s Death, END of a Golden Era in Global Politics – Saraki

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki has described the death of former Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Koffi Annan, as the end of a golden era in global politics and international relations. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the late Annan as a quintessential African diplomat on the global plane and a citizen of the world. Kofi Annan He said the deceased deployed his vast capacities to tackle intractable global challenges ranging from hunger, conflict, epidemic and restoration of peace in war torn countries. Saraki noted that many developing nations benefitted immensely from the humanitarian efforts of late Annan as he was able to raise the concerns and challenges confronting “forgotten peoples a...
Yemen On The Brink Of Famine Amid Cholera Epidemic
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Yemen On The Brink Of Famine Amid Cholera Epidemic

The international charity Save The Children says more than a million children in Yemen under the age of five are suffering from malnutrition as more than half of the country's population of 28 million face food shortages. Meanwhile, a cholera outbreak continues to threaten lives. Almost 1,900 people have died from the disease and more than 425,000 have been infected. Some of our viewers may find images in this report disturbing.
Epidemic Looms In Abia As Refuse Dumps Take Over Umuahia Amidst Public Outcry
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Epidemic Looms In Abia As Refuse Dumps Take Over Umuahia Amidst Public Outcry

STEVE OKO captures the worrisome sanitary condition of Umuahia, the Abia State capital over the mounting refuse dumps around the metropolis as the Abia State Environmental Sanitation Agency (ASEPA) appears overwhelmed. The few refuse dumps were overflown with wastes, and it is indeed not a good sight especially for visitors as the ‘riot­ing’ refuse dumps give bad impres­sion of the The worst hit include the refuse dumps on Umuwaya Road, about 500 meters before the famous Abia Mall ( Shoprite plaza), Niger Road by St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, and the one on the Olokoro / Old Timber Road. The situation is very nauseating and pose grave health hazards to residents and passers-bye while movement around the sites have become very cumbersome follow­ing occasional traffic gridlock. The od...

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