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Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigerian foreign minister says South Africa must act decisively.

COVID-19: Nigeria evacuates 69 nationals from Lebanon

The federal government on Sunday evacuated 69 Nigerians from Lebanon, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, shared on his official Twitter handle. The evacuation, according to the minister, was successful due to the help provided by the Lebanese government. The evacuees were made up of 50 reportedly trafficked young…

Abike Dabiri

Nigerian agencies fight on social media over office space

Two Nigerian federal agencies in Abuja have taken their fight over office accommodation to the public via social media. It all began when the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Sunday, shared that the agency no longer has an office from which…

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No coronavirus-free African country as Lesotho confirms index case

Lesotho confirmed its index case of coronavirus on Wednesday thus making it the last African country to have a recorded case. A press statement issued by Director-General of Health Services read “The Ministry of Health informs the Basotho nation and the entire community living in Lesotho, that the country now…

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ECOWAS denies endorsing Madagascan Covid-Organics herbal remedy

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Wednesday disassociated itself and the West African Health Organization (WAHO) from the claim that they ordered Madagascar’s Covid-Organics for the treatment of the novel coronavirus. They said this in a statement issued by Oghogho Obayuwana of the Communication Directorate of the…

Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela broadcasts video of captured American

A Venezuelan television broadcasted a video on Wednesday of an American identified as Luke Denman, saying that he was “instructed to take control of Caracas’ airport and bring in a plane to fly President Nicolas Maduro to the United States.” On Monday, Venezuelan authorities arrested Mr Denman, Airan Berry (another…

A new born baby. [PHOTO CREDIT: Mirror.co.uk]

Nigerian woman delivers baby aboard repatriation flight

A Nigerian woman aboard an Emirates Airline flight evacuating Nigerians from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was delivered of a baby boy. The woman, identified as Kafayat Amusan, was among the Nigerian travellers stranded in the country. The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) on Wednesday revealed this in a press release…

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265 Nigerians to be evacuated from Dubai

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that an Emirates Airlines is scheduled to evacuate 265 Nigerians from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The press statement was issued by the ministry’s spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwonye, on Tuesday, May 5. Evacuees are expected to arrive at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6…

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Coronavirus: Comoros confirms index case

Comoros has recorded its first case of coronavirus on Thursday, April 30. The president of the country, Azali Assoumani, confirmed the case during a nationwide address on Thursday evening. He explained that the patient is a “50-year-old Franco-Comorian who has since been admitted to a hospital.” The patient came into…

Ben-Ayade wearing cloth masks [PHOTO: Youtube]

Coronavirus: NCDC launches advisory on use of cloth masks

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday launched an advisory on the use of cloth face masks. The advisory contains what should be considered when using cloth face masks also known as non-medical face masks. According to the health agency, after wearing face masks, one must also: -…

Nuno Gomes Nabiam, Guinea Bissau's Prime Minister

Coronavirus: Guinea Bissau’s Prime Minister, three Ministers test positive

The Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau, Nuno Nabiam, alongside three members of his cabinet have tested positive for coronavirus. The country’s minister of health, Antonia Deuno, on Wednesday said Mr Nabiam; the Interior Minister, Botche Cande; Secretary of State for Public Order, Mario Fambe; and Secretary for State for Regional…

Nigerians wearing face mask since the first case of Coronavirus hit the country.

Barrier masks not meant for health professionals – NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Tuesday shared on Twitter that barrier masks are not supposed to be used in healthcare settings or by healthcare professionals. “Barrier masks are not intended for use in healthcare settings or by healthcare professionals. They serve to limit…

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ECOWAS will donate 15% of annual budget to health – Official

In a bid to curtail the spread of coronavirus and cushion its effects on the economy, the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday pledged 15 per cent of its annual budget to healthcare sectors in member states. This decision was one among others that serves to help…

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Madagascar launches herbal medicine against COVID-19

Despite a warning by the World Health Organization (WHO) that there is currently no cure for COVID-19, the president of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, on Monday launched a herbal medicine believed to cure and prevent the virus. The herbal medicine developed by Malagasy Institute of Applied Research and branded COVID-Organics, contains…

President of Sierra Leone, Julius Bio [PHOTO CREDIT: News in Africa]

Coronavirus: Sierra Leone president quarantined

The President of Sierra Leone, Julius Bio, has gone into a 14-day quarantine after one of his guards tested positive for coronavirus. The president on Monday night said both him and his family were in good health and have not shown any symptoms of the virus. His Tweet read, “The…

Map of countries affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 29.03.2020 [PHOTO: Africanarguments.org]

Prominent Africans who have died from coronavirus

Africa, the continent that was last to confirm cases of coronavirus now has more than 20,000 cases. As of Tuesday, according to Worldometer, the continent has 24,501 confirmed cases, 1,167 deaths, and 6,531 recoveries. Two countries, Comoros and Lesotho have not recorded a case of the virus, leaving southern Africa…

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15 countries yet to confirm COVID-19 case

Four months after the outbreak of COVID-19 across the world, 15 countries are yet to report any case of the virus. All countries in North America, South America, and Europe have confirmed cases of the virus, leaving Africa, Asia, And Australia with countries which are yet to have confirmed cases.…

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Obama, Sanders back Biden for president

Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders have formerly backed Joe Biden for the 2020 presidential election. The senator and the former president announced in separate messages Monday and Tuesday, respectively, that Mr Biden would provide needed leadership at a time of serious public health challenge in America. "The kind of leadership…

The 110-bed Isolation Center at Mobolaji Johnoson, Stadium, Onikan, Lagos Island, constructed by the Lagos State Government and Guaranty Trust Bank, unveiled on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

African countries record more than 15,000 COVID-19 cases

Countries in Africa now have more than 15000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Diverse containment and preventive measures have been imposed in many nations to slow down the spread of the virus. As of today, the number of African countries with confirmed cases continue to rise, exempting Comoros Principe and Lesotho…

Sample coronavirus test [PHOTO: Euronews]

Coronavirus: 111 Africans test positive in China

About 111 Africans tested positive for coronavirus on Monday in China’s southern city of Guangzhou, Chinese news outlet, the Xinhua News Agency, reported on Tuesday. The executive vice mayor of Guangzhou, Chen Zhiying, said of the confirmed 111 cases, 19 were imported. The vice mayor said, “4,553 African people in…

Former prime minister of Togo, Edem Kodjo[PHOTO CREDIT: La Nouvelle Tribune]

Ex-Togolese PM, Edem Kodjo, is dead

A former prime minister of Togo, Edem Kodjo, is dead. He died on Saturday in Paris at the age of 82. Mr Kodjo served as prime minister from 1994 to 1996 and from 2005 to 2006, under the leadership of a former president, Gnassingbe Eyadema. Prior to his position as…

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

Commission honours 13 Nigerians abroad who died from coronavirus

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission on Thursday released a tribute video on its Twitter platform for Nigerians abroad who have died from COVID-19. "Today we remember our brother and sisters in the diaspora who have died from #COVID-19. You are never forgotten. May their souls rest in perfect peace," the…

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Malawi records first coronavirus death

Malawi on Tuesday recorded its first death from Covid-19 after a 51-­year-old citizen of Indian origin who recently returned from the UK died. The ministry of health said the deceased had underlying health challenges. Malawi recently confirmed their index case and now has a total of eight confirmed cases and…

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

U.S. evacuates 44,000 Americans from 78 countries

The U.S. Department of State has so far repatriated over 44,000 US citizens from 78 countries since January 29. The update was given on Tuesday amidst the COVID-19 global crises. Countries that U.S. citizens are being repatriated from are Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cabo…

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

U.S. designates Russian white supremacist group as terrorists

United States President Donald Trump on Monday classified a Russian white supremacist group as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist.” The State Department counter-terrorism coordinator, Nathan Sales, said “This is the first time the United States has ever designated white supremacist terrorists, illustrating how seriously this administration takes the threat.” Russian…

Map of Sao Tome and Principe [PHOTO: Operation World]

Sao Tome, Principe confirm index cases of coronavirus

The Island of Sao Tome and Principe confirmed its first four Covid-19 cases on Monday. The confirmation was made by the prime minister, Jorge Jesus, who said the test which was sent to Gabon came back positive. No other information was given about the patients. This makes Sao Tome the…