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Ebuka Onyeji is a health reporter at PREMIUM TIMES. He also has a penchant for music and art. Ebuka holds a degree in Mass communication from Anambra State University.

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Coronavirus: Nigerian doctors reject country’s plan to invite Chinese medical team

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has rejected the federal government’s proposed invitation of an 18-member Chinese medical team to support the country’s fight against coronavirus. The NMA President, Francis Faduyile, in a statement Sunday said the move is a misplaced priority. He described it as “a thing of embarrassment to…

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Coronavirus: New York suffers biggest daily death toll yet, pleads for help

New York has had its biggest daily death toll yet after nearly 600 people died from the coronavirus under 24 hours. The total death toll is now nearing 3, 000 in the state of 18 million people after 592 deaths were reported on Friday, with officials warning that the city…

President Muhammadu Buhari and family. [PHOTO CREDIT: PM News]

Coronavirus: Buhari’s daughter returns home after self-isolation

A daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari has returned home after undergoing 14 days self-isolation. PREMIUM TIMES reported on March 19 how the first lady, Aisha Buhari, announced that one of her daughters returned from the UK and went into self-isolation required of anybody returning to the country since the coronavirus…

Coronavirus: Atiku’s son speaks from hospital (Video)

Mohammed Abubakar, the son of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday said spreading fake news and unconfirmed information about those suffering from covid19 is capable of "compounding their problems". Mr Abubakar spoke in a video he made at the Abuja University Teaching Hospital where he is being treated since…

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Coronavirus: Over a million infected globally

After about 100 days since the coronavirus pandemic broke, over a million people have now been infected and more than 50, 000 have died, data from worldometers.info has revealed. The world is currently seeing its darkest moment in about a century. Life, as it were, is no longer the same…

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Coronavirus: Confirmed cases in U.S. surpass 200,000, over 5,000 dead

In the span of a month, the coronavirus pandemic has radically soared to disturbing heights in the U.S. – from a fewer than 100 confirmed cases and two deaths as of March 1 to over 215,000 infections on Thursday, data from worldometers.info showed. More than 5, 000 people have died…

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More than 40,000 people have died from coronavirus

After Spain and the United States recorded their highest daily deaths from coronavirus on Tuesday, the total global body-count has surged past 40,000. As of the time of reporting, over 40,000 people have died from the disease, data from worldometers.info showed. Experts believe the death toll might even be twice…

COVID-19: Map showing countries with Coronavirus cases. [Photo: The Conversation)

Coronavirus: Global confirmed cases to cross million threshold in days – Experts

As COVID-19 continues its onslaught on mankind, the figures are getting grimmer across the world. Houses are being turned into makeshift morgues. Cases are doubling and the death toll is rising every hour. Health experts have projected the number of people infected to surpass one million in the next few…

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Health workers, food vendors, journalists, others exempted from Lagos, Abuja lockdown

Health workers, food manufacturers and retailers, as well as journalists, were among those exempted from the movement restriction President Muhammadu Buhari imposed on Lagos, Ogun and Abuja. President Buhari in his first address to Nigerians on the coronavirus crisis, on Sunday, ordered residents of Lagos, Ogun and Abuja to stay…

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Coronavirus: Buhari tells states to nominate doctors, nurses for training

State governments have been asked to nominate doctors and nurses in their states to be trained on how to treat and care for victims of COVID-19. President Muhammadu Buhari made the announcement in his first national address on the disease, on Sunday evening. He said nominated health workers will be…

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Govt will provide ‘relief materials’ for Abuja, Lagos residents – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said the federal government will provide relief materials for residents of Lagos and Abuja whom he ordered to stay-at-home as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The president ordered a 14-day lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and Abuja from Monday in his…

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Coronavirus: U.S. death toll now over 2000

Barely 48 hours after the U.S. exceeded 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, the nation’s death toll has doubled to more than 2,000. It took about a month from the first report of a coronavirus death on February 29 to the number reaching 1,000 on Thursday. By Sunday evening, the number of…

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Netherlands recalls over half a million ‘substandard’ face masks imported from China

Authorities in the Netherlands said they have recalled over half a million face masks imported from China after discovering they are substandard. The problem with the masks delivered by a Chinese manufacturer on March 21 was that they did not close over the face properly, or had defective filters, the…

President Muhammadu Buhari meeting with Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, and Chikwe Ihekweazu,

Coronavirus: What we discussed with Buhari– Health Minister

Nigerian health minister, Osagie Ehanire, has provided insight into why he, alongside other officials, visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Mr Ehanire met with Mr Buhari on Saturday, alongside Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), over the outbreak of the coronavirus…

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Video shows Buhari with health minister, NCDC director

The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday met with Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, and Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) over the coronavirus pandemic. A 29-minutes video showing the president with the two officials inside the presidential villa in Abuja was posted on…

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Coronavirus: Over 600, 000 cases confirmed globally

As the human and economic toll of the lockdowns against the coronavirus mount on billions of the world population now left to struggle for their survival, fears that the contagion could reach the threshold of a million in a short spell has become rife. As of Saturday morning, there were…

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Coronavirus: Italy records over 900 deaths in one day

Over 900 people have died from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours in Italy, the biggest daily leap since the coronavirus pandemic began late December in China. The total death toll in Italy stood at 9,154 after 969 deaths were reported on Friday, CNN reports. This is the darkest…

Coronavirus outbreak... Enugu State recorded cases for the first time

Coronavirus: Over half a million cases worldwide as U.S nears 100, 000 cases

As confirmed coronavirus cases exceeded half a million across the world, the death toll has climbed past 25, 000, data from worldometers.info has shown. This means the crisis has reached historic proportions, especially for the U.S which has become the country most ravaged by the contagion. Confirmed cases were 566,064…

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Coronavirus: Report returnees not observing self-isolation – Minister urges Nigerians

Nigerians have been asked to help the government in identifying anybody who returned to the country within the past few weeks without observing the compulsory 14-days self-isolation. Those to be reported also are people who returned recently without submitting themselves for routine checks at the airports and are yet to…

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurates an Advisory Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)

Coronavirus: Nigeria Announces Plan To Ban all Inter-State Travels

The federal government has announced plans to ban inter-state travel and possibly close down all motor parks as part of measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus. This was disclosed Thursday afternoon in a Twitter post by the Presidential media aide on new media, Bashir Ahmed. He said the…

Coronavirus outbreak... Enugu State recorded cases for the first time

Coronavirus Roundup: Aso Rock ‘lockdown’, panic buying, Atiku’s recommendation top reports

On Wednesday, March 25, Nigeria had a short break from new confirmed cases of coronavirus until almost midnight before five more patients tested positive. Since the tally hit 46 early in the morning, no new case was announced for several hours during the day until around 11:25 p.m. when the…

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Coronavirus: How ready is Nigeria’s health sector?

Coronavirus is slowly but steadily gaining a foothold in Nigeria, bringing to reality fears the country’s weak health systems cannot withstand a larger outbreak. In less than three weeks, the virus has overloaded hospitals in northern Italy, offering a glimpse of what awaits countries if they cannot slow the contagion.…

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Coronavirus: Over 400,000 people now affected globally as Nigeria records 46 cases

The number of confirmed cases in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the world has surpassed 400,000 on Wednesday after Italy, Spain, other parts of Europe, and the United States saw steep rises of infection. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center pitched the total numbers of cases worldwide at 420, 000 cases as of Wednesday with…

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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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Confirmed coronavirus cases in African countries over 2000

Forty-three of Africa’s 54 countries now have confirmed coronavirus cases, with the total at 2,046, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said. Though the tally is still low compared to global figures, it has doused the debate on Africans having some kind of immunity against Covid19 due…