Showing posts with label pandemic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pandemic. Show all posts

Friday, 10 July 2020

'A fatal unknown Pneumonia' deadlier than Coronavirus has broken out in Kazakhstan - Chinese Embassy warns

A fatal 'unknown pneumonia' that is deadlier than Coronavirus has reportedly broken out in Kazakhstan, Chinese officials have warned.

According to the warning issued by the embassy: “The death rate of this disease is much higher than the novel coronavirus. The country’s health departments are conducting comparative research into the pneumonia virus, but have yet to identify the virus.”

"Unknown pneumonia in Kazakhstan caused 1,772 deaths in the first six months of the year, including 628 people in June alone, including Chinese citizens, the embassy said in a statement.

"The fatality rate of the disease is much higher than COVID-19," read the embassy's statement.

"Health officials have recorded more than 32,000 cases of pneumonia between June 29 and July 5 alone, along with 451 deaths," said Kazakhstan’s Health Ministry.

About 300 people diagnosed with pneumonia are being hospitalized every day,' Saule Kisikova, the health care department chief in Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan, told state news agency Kazinform.

Meanwhile, there are 53,021 coronavirus cases and 264 deaths in Kazakhstan.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

June 21 not a feasible date for flight resumption - NCAA

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has stated that June 21st is not feasible for the resumption of domestic flight in the country. This was made known earlier today by Musa Nuhu, the director-general of the NCAA, who stated that the agency will not approve the resumption of flight operations until it gets confirmation that operations can be carried out in a safe and organised manner. He said; “We never said aviation is going to start definitely on the 21st, we were supposed to put a report back based on what we have and we have some work to do. As such, June 21 is not a feasible date to resume operations.”Musa Nuhu further explained that there is a lot of work to be done before operations can resume in the aviation sector. He said; “Prior to this mandate from the presidential task force, the regulatory body, NCAA had developed advisory circulars distributed to the different sectors of the industry.” “These circulars required all sectors of industry to present a restart plan to the regulatory body for approval. “A lot of service providers have provided their restart plans and these restart plans are to be reviewed by the civil aviation authority. “When we review those documents, if we are happy with those documents then we will go to each individual organisation to verify what they have given as their restart plan. “Some provided inadequate documents and their documents were sent back to them. “Significant progress has been made but there is still a lot of work to be done. The aviation system is a very complex system and this system has been compounded with the public health care concept which a lot of them, the aviation system is not used to implementing.”Nuhu said the agency and all stakeholders in the sector had a statutory duty to make sure that operations are safe and secure.

He said the agency will not be pressured to approve resumption adding that resumption without the appropriate checks would be disastrous.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Lagos state government suspends the reopening of churches and mosques

Lagos state governor, Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, has suspended the planned reopening of religious centers in the state.
Recall that on June 4, the state governor announced that religious centers will be allowed to open for worship provided they follow the COVID-19 guidelines. He said Mosques will be allowed to resume worship on June 19 while churches in the state will be allowed to conduct services from Sunday, June 21.
However at a press briefing this afternoon, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the reopening of worship centers has been suspended. He said the decision is based on the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
With 7319 confirmed cases, Lagos state has remained the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria

Minister of State for Education announces six conditions schools and universities must meet before they can reopen for learning Ahead of the reopening of schools and universities,

The Federal Government has listed six conditions every learning institution in the country must meet before they can reopen for academic activities.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, announced the conditions in Abuja at the 2020 Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB) today June 16.

Among the conditions is for schools to decontaminate their premises and also readjust their class sizes to accommodate social and physical distancing. “While we Iook forward to easing the Iockdown which will ultimately lead to re-opening of our campuses, I urge all the Heads of Institutions not to wait till the announcement on reopening before putting in place all necessary measures in compliance with the protocols and advisories of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). All Institutions must have (1) Hand-washing facilities, (2) Body temperature checks (3) Body disinfectants at all entering points to their major facilities including the gates, hosteis, classes, offices, etc. (4) The whole premises of each institution must be decontaminated and (5) All efforts must be geared toward maintenance of the highest level of hygiene (6) Ensure Social] Physical Distancing in class sizes and meeting spaces.”Nwajiuba said
Speaking further, Nwajiuba said “As a member of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, let me assure all compatriots that the Government is very much concerned about the long Iockdown of the nation’s education institutions in particular and the economy in general.

The Federal Government is doing everything possible to ensure that both lives and livelihood are given the top most priority that they deserve. We are aware that we must be alive to make a living while at the same time we are conscious that we must have a livelihood to stay a life.

The Presidential Task Force is working assiduously with facts and figures that mirror the reality of our current situation and 
circumstance. We are making use of them to respond to the challenges in such a way that we can limit and manage the negative effects of the Pandemic. ”
On March 19, 2020, the Federal government shut down all schools nationwide as part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Hushpuppi to be extradited to Nigeria — Interpol

International Police (INTERPOL) Nigeria, has confirmed the arrest of Raymond Igbalode a.k.a. Hushpuppi in Dubai.

Rumor of his arrest first hit the internet in the early hours of Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Commissioner of Police (CP) INTERPOL, Garba Umar, has now confirmed his arrest.

In a chat with TheNation, he said: “It is true that Hushpuppi was arrested by the INTERPOL. We are currently working on bringing him to Nigeria to face charges of fraud.

Some of the offences were committed here in Nigeria and he has to answer for them. He is not alone in it; there are accomplices in the country who we are currently on their trail.” According to reports, Hushpuppi and his accomplices in Nigeria, Dubai and other countries allegedly defrauded the U.S of over $100 million Covid Relief Funds meant for Americans in the battle against the economic impact coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, 12 June 2020

COVID-19: Wizkid attacks pastors

COVID-19: Wizkid attacks pastors over inability to heal coronavirus patients

Wizkid has berated Nigerian pastors over their inability to heal coronavirus patients.

Wizkid said he has never heard about any pastor who was brave enough to go into isolation centres to heal COVID-19 patients.

In a tweet on his verified Twitter handle, Wizkid wrote: “I have not seen any Naija pastor go to isolation centres to heal anybody from COVID-19.” Recall that Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministries had urged the Federal government to allow pastors entrance into isolation centers to pray for COVID-19 patients.

However, as at Thursday night, Nigeria recorded 14,554.

This followed the confirmation of 681 cases by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu Lifts Ban On Event Centres

The ban imposed on event centres in the Hospitality and Tourism industry by the Lagos state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, due to the spread of COVID-19 in the state has been lifted.

Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, made this known during a live Instagram session on Sunday.

She explained that event centres are free to re-open for business provided they have registered with the state government through its newly introduced Register-to-Open initiative.

Responding to speculations relating to whether the number of persons allowed would exceed 20 persons, Akinbile-Yusuf, explained that at-most one-fifth of the capacity of the centre should house not more than 500 persons.

She said: “This depends on the size of the event hall, if it is going to one-fifth of the normal occupancy level of each venue, then that is fine but no matter how big the event hall, it cannot occupy more than 500 people at a time, that is what the guideline says. “This is not about 20 individuals in a building now, what we are saying is that one can have at-most one-fifth of the capacity of the hall. If you have a large event hall that can accommodate as many as 5,000, the maximum one cannot exceed is more than 500 at a time.”

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