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Coronavirus: UNAIDS warns against misuse of powers against vulnerable groups

The UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has warned against the misuse and abuse of emergency powers by governments to target marginalised and vulnerable populations. The global health agency said the COVID-19 epidemic is being used as an excuse to target marginalised and vulnerable populations, restrict civil society space and increase…

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Coronavirus: Lady Gaga to curate online concert in celebration of health workers

American pop star, Lady Gaga, is to curate One World: Together at Home, a live-streamed and televised benefit concert in support of the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 solidarity response fund and in celebration of health workers around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The Director-General, WHO, Tedros…

South African newlyweds arrested

South African newlyweds arrested for breaching lockdown order

A joyful celebration of love between a pair of newlyweds in South Africa took a twist on Sunday when the police showed up to arrest the couple for contravening the lockdown regulations. South African police and defence force got a tip-off about the wedding in KwaZulu-Natal happening despite a nationwide…

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Japan donates N85 million as ‘humanitarian assistance’ to North-east Nigeria – UN

The United Nations has announced the receipt of $236,363 (about N85 million) from the Government of Japan to support 'mine action service' in Nigeria and also provide critical life-saving assistance to civilians and humanitarian actors in the North-east. The United Nations Mine Action Service, the UN agency in-charge of landmines,…

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Celebrities who tested positive for coronavirus

As the number of persons infected with coronavirus continues to soar globally, a few well-known celebrities have confirmed that they tested positive for the COVID-19 disease. Also, in a bid to encourage people to heed social distancing guidelines, a growing number of actors, musicians and others in the entertainment field…

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Coronavirus: Funkẹ Akindele not our ambassador — NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has denied claims that Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, is its brand ambassador. This is coming on the heels of Akindele's arrest for violating the government-ordered lockdown and ban on large gatherings after she hosted a celebrity-studded house party in honour of her husband,…

Funke Akindele

Coronavirus: Funke Akindele apologises for hosting house party amidst lockdown

Popular Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, also known as Jenifa, has apologised after coming under fire for hosting a celebrity-studded house party amidst the Coronavirus lockdown. The actress who hosted the party to celebrate her husband, JJC Skillz— Abdulrasheed Bello's birthday—in their Amen Estate home, Lagos on Saturday, came under attack…

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Coronavirus Lockdown: How we’re managing our finances, love life – Nigerian couples

When President Muhammadu Buhari ordered residents of Lagos, Ogun, and Abuja to stay at home for 14 days to curb the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, many people, especially couples, knew they had a lot of adjusting to do. Adjusting to a new ‘lockdown life’ comes with a price to…

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka. [PHOTO CREDIT: Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism]

Coronavirus: Presidency replies Soyinka, tells Nigerians not to trust fiction writers

The presidency has responded to Monday’s rebuke by Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, who criticised President Muhammad Buhari's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the president had been conspicuously absent as the virus gained a foothold across the country. Mr Soyinka also said the president may have overstepped his constitutional boundaries…

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Coronavirus spreads through air, lingers in rooms formerly occupied by patients — Study

The deadly coronavirus can spread through the air and remains contagious for hours, a study has found. The study follows others that have suggested the highly contagious disease does not just spread via droplets in a cough or sneeze. UK Dailymail reports that a group of researchers at the University…

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MultiChoice donates N250m, test kits, others to fight COVID-19

The managers of DStv and GOtv, Multichoice Nigeria, has announced a donation of N200 million and N50 million to federal and Lagos State governments respectively to support efforts in ameliorating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria. Concerned that the availability of test kits and supplies for medical personnel…

Buhari mourns Nigerian author, Phoebean Ogundipe

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday mourned the death of a foremost Nigerian educationist and author, Phoebean Ogundipe. A statement by the presidency described the life of the late writer as one defined by passion for education and uncommon dedication to serve others. PREMIUM TIMES had earlier reported the death of…

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Face mask may increase coronavirus risk—WHO Director

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised people not to wear face masks unless they are sick with Covid-19 or caring for sick patients. Masks may actually increase coronavirus risk, the executive director of the WHO health emergencies program, Mike Ryan said at a briefing Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday according…

Nigerian author Phoebean Ogundipe is dead

Renowned educationist and author of English grammar books, Phoebean Ogundipe, has died at the age of 92. The author who was famous for her co-authored English grammar series, Brighter Grammar, passed away last Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. She was buried on the same day but her death…

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Coronavirus: How parents can keep up with children’s education —Educationists

As the world grapples with Coronavirus pandemic, life is changing rapidly for parents following the lockdown of major sectors, including education. With the escalating spread of the pandemic, the Nigerian government has ordered the shutdown of all schools across the country while all have been asked to practice social distancing…

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Coronavirus: Makinde sacks aide allegedly involved in peddling fake news

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has fired an aide who allegedly misinformed the public that the government purchased disinfecting machines to combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state. The aide was his special assistant on Digital Media, Muritala Adigun, popularly called ‘Adigun Ibadan’ on social media. A…

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Coronavirus: Lock down Nigeria now, Scientists urge FG

Nigerian scientists have advised the federal government to order a lockdown of the country to prevent further spread of COVID-19. The National Academy of Science, which acts as a scientific advisor to the Federal Government of Nigeria, gave the advice in a statement by its president, Mosto Onuoha. Mr Onuoha,…

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Coronavirus: How prepared are Abuja hospitals to prevent transmission?

As Nigeria's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 36 Monday afternoon, there are concerns over the preparedness of Nigeria's public health system for combating the pandemic. Abuja has six confirmed cases as of Monday afternoon, concerns over a wider spread have soared in the capital city. Schools, religious and public…

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Media, religious leaders urged to ensure fairness, balance

To ensure social cohesion and communal peace, media professionals and clerics have been advised to apply diplomacy in their reportage and sermons, so as to stem the tide of religious conflicts in Nigeria. This was the high point of a communique issued after a roundtable discussion among religious leaders, journalists…

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How Nigeria’s first coronavirus victim died – Relative

A relative of Nigeria’s first coronavirus fatality, who was identified as Suleiman Achimugu, has said the deceased showed strange symptoms before he died. Mr Achimugu who recently returned home following a medical treatment in the UK died of coronavirus on Sunday. According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC), the…

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Coronavirus: Lagos hospitals treat people suffering chloroquine poisoning- Official

Some hospitals in Lagos State are receiving patients suffering from chloroquine poisoning in their quest to fight coronavirus, the senior special assistant on health to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Oreoluwa Finnih, has said. Ms Finnih, in a Twitter post Friday evening, said there had been reports about massive consumption of chloroquine…

Congolese music legend, Aurlus Mabélé. [PHOTO CREDIT: Vanguard]

Congolese musician, Aurlus Mabele, is dead

Congolese music legend, Aurlus Mabélé, has passed away while battling COVID-19, friends and relatives said. Mabélé died in a Paris hospital, France, the same day he was admitted. He was 67. His daughter, French singer Liza Monet, tweeted on Thursday that her father had died of COVID-19. “I am inconsolable,”…

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Netflix to reduce streaming quality in Europe over Coronavirus

Netflix will cut the video-streaming quality on its service in Europe for the next one month, to reduce the strain on internet service providers. As a result of coronavirus outbreak, demand for streaming has surged because many Europeans are self-isolating at home. Internet usage has been heightened in the last…

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Gov. Makinde apologises for holding PDP rally amid coronavirus outbreak

The governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has apologised to the people of Oyo State for organising a political rally in the state amidst a coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria. Mr Makinde came under attack for allowing the South-west zonal unification rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday in…

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Coronavirus: NYSC suspends community service activities

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has suspended all community development service (CDS) activities over fear of the Coronavirus outbreak. Earlier in the week, the corps also cancelled its nationwide orientation course for fresh graduates over the pandemic. Currently, Nigeria has 12 confirmed cases of the virus. In a letter…