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How coronavirus pandemic will slow down 2020 farming season – Farmers

Farming season in Nigeria will progress slower than usual this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the attendant lockdown in states, farmers have said. The farmers, who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES, said food security would be threatened this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is a deadly respiratory…

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Coronavirus: WHO, WTO collaborate to ensure availability of medical supplies

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Trade Organisation (WTO) are collaborating to ensure the normal cross-border flow of vital medical supplies and other goods and services. A joint statement by their director-generals, Tedros Ghebreyesus of WHO and Roberto Azevêdo of WTO on Sunday, said both global agencies are working…

Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) [PHOTO: GUARDIAN.NG]

Coronavirus: FRSC begins production, distribution of customised face masks for personnel

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), on Monday, commenced the production and distribution of customised face masks for its personnel across Nigeria. According to a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, this development was in response to the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. This…

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Coronavirus: No evidence survivors have immunity against virus — WHO

There is no proof that people who have recovered from coronavirus have immunity to the disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. Epidemiologists at WHO said there is no evidence someone who has been infected cannot be infected again. A senior epidemiologist at WHO, Maria van Kerkhove, at a…

UNAIDS calls for increased global health spending

The United Nations programme for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has appealed to nations to increase health spending and social protection schemes as an essential part of the economic response to COVID-19. UNAIDS Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima, made the appeal during an online event on economic response to COVID-19 co-sponsored by the Global…

Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu

Coronavirus: Minister tasks agency to produce face masks in Nigeria

As part of efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu has directed the management of Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) to begin the production of face masks. In a statement signed by the ministry's spokesperson, Abdulganiyu Aminu, on Friday, Mr…

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Coronavirus: Report warns over 300,000 Africans may die if action is delayed

Without adequate protection, over 300,000 Africans could lose their lives to Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to the continent's struggling economies, a report by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has warned. The report, which will be launched virtually on Friday, is titled, COVID-19: Protecting African Lives and Economies. It says Africa’s…

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)

NCC to boost Nigeria’s internet services with ICT parks.

Six Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Parks will be constructed in the six geopolitical zones to boost the nation's broadband capacity, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said. The agency's spokesperson, Henry Nkemmadu, in a statement on Sunday, said the commission has embarked on the construction of the buildings. "The…

World Health Organisation Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus and Head of WHO’s Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness division, Sylvie Briand, at the coronavirus press conference in Geneva

Coronavirus: WHO upgrades COVID-19 dashboard with new technology, launches new app

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has upgraded its COVID-19 information dashboard with a prominent new feature. According to details on the website, the feature allows access to current and reliable data on COVID-19 cases submitted directly to WHO by countries. Also, the upgrade was developed and supported by the WHO…

World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus at the coronavirus press conference in Geneva

Coronavirus: Slowing down measures could be disastrous -WHO

The World Health Organisation has said countries should consider protecting human health first while making decisions on whether to lift lockdown restrictions or impose them. The WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, made the recommendations on Monday during the virtual briefing in Geneva while updating journalists on the status of COVID-19 across…

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No evidence BCG vaccine works against coronavirus – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says there is no evidence that Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination results in fewer deaths from coronavirus for countries that use it. The global health agency on its website said two clinical trials addressing this question are underway. "There is no evidence that the Bacille Calmette-Guérin…

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Coronavirus: Buhari tells ministers to ensure limited impact on farming season

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono and other key players of the sector to join the already existing 12-member Presidential Task Force (PTF), as a strategy to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on the year's farming season. President Buhari disclosed this on…

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China imposes restriction on research on origin of coronavirus

The Chinese government has imposed restrictions on the publication of academic research on the origins of coronavirus. According to a central government directive, academic papers on the pandemic will be subject to serious scrutiny before being approved for publication. Some online notices published by two Chinese universities on the coronavirus…

Officials of the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) and other groups have urged young Nigerian students to ensure environmental sustainability through planting of trees and creation of gardens

VOXPOP: International Day of Forests: Importance of trees and creation of gardens

The Day celebrates and raises awareness on the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organise activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJnr0usQkF4&w=560&h=315]

Pope Francis. [PHOTO CREDIT: Al Jazeera]

Easter: Pope, Queen Elizabeth II send messages of hope amid coronavirus

Pope Francis on Sunday celebrated Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, empty of faithful and assisted by a handful of attendants. The Mass, which was livestreamed and sung mostly in Latin, was celebrated for the tens of thousands who could not attend in person. New York Times reported that last…

Drone pictures show bodies being buried on New York's Hart Island where the department of corrections is dealing with more burials overall, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in New York City, U.S., April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

New York buries COVID-19 victims in mass graves

Bodies of unclaimed victims of coronavirus are now being buried in unmarked mass graves by contract labourers on an island in New York. The New York Times reported that around 25 people were being buried daily on Hart Island since the coronavirus crisis started last month. Officials of New York…

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Coronavirus : WHO expresses concern over growing infections among health workers

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday expressed concern over the large number of coronavirus infections reported among health workers. The director-general of WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, at a press conference said it is an alarming trend. Mr Ghebreyesus said while some health workers are being infected at the hospitals, some…

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Coronavirus: Countries using BGC have about six times lower death rate – Study

Countries who make use of the century old tuberculosis Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine are experiencing lower death rates from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has been plaguing the world since December, a new study has shown. The scientists from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the death…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Decades after, Buhari pardons Ambrose Alli, Ehanoro posthumously

About 36 years after he was sentenced to 100 years in prison, late Ambrose Alli, a former governor of the defunct Bendel State has received a presidential pardon. Towards the end of 1983, the military regime of Muhammadu Buhari took power, removed Mr Alli from office as a civilian governor…

Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS)

70% of Nigerian prisoners held without trial — Prisons Chief

At least three-quarters of Nigeria’s total prison population are inmates serving time without being sentenced, the Nigerian Correctional Service said this on Thursday. The head of the agency, Ja’afaru Ahmed, 51,983 inmates are awaiting trial out of the prison's total population of 73, 726 inmates. That is about 70 per…

World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus at the coronavirus press conference in Geneva

Coronavirus: I’ve received racist insults, death threats — WHO chief

The director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Ghebreyesus, on Wednesday said he has received death threats and racist insults in the course of leading the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. According to the CNBC, the Ethiopian microbiologist said: "I can tell you personal attacks that have been going…

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti. [PHOTO CREDIT: AllAfrica.com]

Coronavirus: WHO wants testing ‘decentralised’ in African countries

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday urged that testing be expanded beyond African capital cities. The African Regional Director, Matshidiso Moeti, said since the epidemic spreads to provinces and districts, the response needs to be decentralised. "Expanding testing capacities beyond capital cities, using the existing polio infrastructure, and engaging…

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for Nigeria, Sabo Nanono

FG appoints VC for newly-established University Of Agriculture, Kebbi

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, appointed Musa Ahmed as the Vice-Chancellor for the newly established University of Agriculture, Zuru, Kebbi State. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Theodore Ogaziechi "The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono,…

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Claims of 5G deployment ‘pure misinformation’ – NCC

The deployment of telecoms equipment by mobile network operators (MNOs) across Lagos and other states is entirely to expand their networks infrastructure across the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission has said. In a statement signed by the agency's spokesperson, Henry Nkemmadu, it said the fibres would enable the provision of…

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

UPDATED: Coronavirus: Nigerian govt decongests prisons nationwide

As part of efforts to decongest Nigerian prisons, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, granted presidential pardon to 2,600 inmates nationwide. The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said this at a press conference on Abuja. He said after the release of the first phase, the committee would continue to meet regularly…