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Coronavirus: Covid-19

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…

Doctors preparing to perform an operation. Shutterstock (Photo Source: The Conversation)

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…

COVID-19: Coronavirus [Photo: Mayo Clinic]

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,…

telecoms mast

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…

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Coronavirus: WHO chief reacts to death threats, racist attacks

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Ghebreyesus, on Wednesday, said he has received death threats and racist insults while running the global efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic. According to CNBC, he said "I can tell you personal attacks that have been going on for more than two,…

WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus [Photo: Scrol.in]

Don’t ‘politicise’ war on coronavirus, WHO replies Trump

The World Health Organisation (WHO), on Wednesday, defended itself against criticisms levelled at it by the United States President, Donald Trump, concerning the coronavirus pandemic. Its director-general, Tedros Ghebreyesus, at a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland advised Mr Trump not to politicise the virus. "Please don't politicise this virus. It…

U.S. President Donald Trump plan on imposing travel ban on Nigeria and some other countries

Coronavirus: Trump threatens to defund WHO

The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, has threatened to withhold funding from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for getting “every aspect” of the Coronavirus pandemic wrong. According to CNBC, Mr Trump, in a press conference on Tuesday at the White House, said the international health agency…

NIGERIA: Ogbonnaya Onu

Coronavirus: We’re starting production of ventilators — Nigerian govt

The federal government on Tuesday said it has commenced the local production of ventilators and disinfectant spraying devices to battle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. A statement sent by the ministry of science and technology on Tuesday, said the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, launched the newly produced devices…

The guidance on masks appears to be shifting, but social distancing is still the key step people can take. Muhammad Fayyaz Rub/Shutterstock.com

WHO says masks ‘no silver bullet’ for ending pandemic

The use of mask has not been proven to be effective against the prevention of Coronavirus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The Director General, WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus , at the press conference via Twitter on Monday, said masks alone cannot stop the pandemic. "There is no black or…

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson

Coronavirus: British PM hospitalised

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests after suffering 10 days’ symptoms of Coronavirus. The UK Guardian reports that he was admitted to hospital due to Coronavirus after suffering days of symptoms including a high fever. Mr Johnson, has been quarantined in his Downing St.…

Coronavirus [PHOTO CREDIT: FDA]

Coronavirus: Scientists say anti-parasite drug could kill virus

Australian researchers have published a study revealing that a single dose of the anti-parasite drug, Ivermectin, can kill COVID-19 within 48 hours. According to Newsweek, a study by researchers at Monash University showed a single dose of Ivermectin could stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus growing in cell culture. "We found that…

Dr Isa Ali Pantami

Nigerian govt denies deploying 5G network

Amidst a growing global concern on its safety, the Nigerian government on Saturday denied it had approved the deployment of the fifth generation mobile network (5G) in the country. In a statement signed by the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, on Saturday, the federal government said the…

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Coronavirus: WHO suspends fight against polio

The World Health Organisation Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, on Friday said the battle against the eradication of the child killer disease is being suspended because of the increasing transmission of COVID-19 around the world. Mr Ghebreyesus said this would definitely have a negative impact on polio eradication as cases might continue…

Coronavirus

Breathing can spread coronavirus — Report

An infected person can spread the coronavirus disease by merely breathing, and not just via large droplets emitted by air, a report by the United States' National Academy of Sciences (NAS), has said. "The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has given a boost to an unsettling idea: that the novel…

L-R: Dr Micheal J. Ryan, Executive Director; Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General; Head of WHO’s Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness division, Sylvie Briand.

Coronavirus has exposed weakness of national health systems — WHO

The emergence of the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the weakness of health systems in most countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The Director-General, WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said this at a press conference on Thursday. "This virus, which was unknown three months ago, has exposed the weaknesses and inequities…

Gita Ramjee (Photo Credit: UNAIDS)

Coronavirus: UNAIDS mourns HIV scientist, Ramjee

The United Nations Programme of HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has announced the death of a pioneering HIV scientist, Gita Ramjee. According to the UNAIDS website, on Thursday, Ms Ramjee died of COVID-19- related complications on March 31. "Her death is an immense loss to the HIV prevention research community. UNAIDS offers its…