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Coronavirus gets new name, Covid-19, as death toll reaches 1,017

WHO says the CO stands for corona while the VI stands for virus and the D for disease.

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UPDATED: Ebola: Epidemic not over in DRC

New confirmed cases of Ebola and deaths are still being reported in the DRC

Ebola health workers in Congo

Ebola: Epidemic not over in DRC

New confirmed cases of Ebola and deaths are still being reported in the DRC

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: New cases “could be spark for bigger fire” — WHO

The increasing number of cases are beginning to spark concerns as there is no known cure or vaccine available to curb the spread.

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Coronavirus: Price of food, consumables spike in China

According to the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics, the nation’s consumer price inflation hit 5.4 per cent in January.


Coronavirus: 25,000 people access information in 10 days – WHO

WHO said people accessed information on how to detect, prevent, respond to and control the new coronavirus.

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson

Britain declares coronavirus serious, imminent threat to public health

Britain has recorded four cases of coronavirus so far.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Coronavirus: Lagos govt denies rumour of suspected cases

The Lagos State Government said its investigators did not find any address that matched where the suspected victims were claimed to be living.

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Japan Cruise Ship: Six more passengers test positive to coronavirus

Medical officials have quarantined the ship, which carried about 3,700 passengers and crew members.

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Kogi confirms nine cases of Lassa fever, four deaths

Out of the 31 suspected cases of Lassa fever, one was probable, 17 negative, nine confirmed, while five had pending laboratory results.

A medical staff member takes the temperature of a man at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in China on Jan. 25. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images

China coronavirus deaths reach 811, surpasses SARS death toll

Across China, 89 new deaths and 2,656 new confirmed cases were reported, the vast majority in the province of Hubei.

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Nigeria’s Disease Control Agency ‘investigating strange illness in Benue’

The illness has killed 15 people already, with about 104 seriously infected.

NIGERIA: Ogbonnaya Onu

Nigeria to redouble efforts on tsetse flies eradication – Minister

Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.


Coronavirus: WHO deploys experts to support Nigeria’s response plan

“WHO has deployed the experts from Africa to support us for two weeks to ensure that our plan and preparedness is complete and on point.”

Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist. [PHOTO CREDIT: Washingtonpost]

Coronavirus: Chinese doctor who first warned of ‘strange illness’ dies

Mr Wenliang was one of the first eight people to warn the public about the novel coronavirus.

Osagie Ehanire

Lassa fever now in 27 states – Health Minster

Mr Ehanire called on all Nigerians to ensure that the battle to curb Lassa fever is not for the government alone, saying it is a collaborative effort.

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Borno initiates research grant to curb renal, kidney diseases

The move is to check the high prevalence of renal failure in Borno State.

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Coronavirus: Death toll soars in China as new infections increase

The WHO said it has launched a Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan to support countries to prevent, detect and diagnose onward transmission.

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Lassa Fever update: Six new cases recorded in Ondo as death toll rises to 22

The state government said it is spending a total of N1.6 million to treat a patient.


Coronavirus: Nigeria, five other African nations have capacity to diagnose disease

The six laboratories are located in Senegal, South Africa, Ghana, Madagascar, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.


Coronavirus: $675 million needed to protect vulnerable countries – WHO

WHO said it is embarking on a Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP) for the coronavirus.

Maitama District hospital

How woman died due to alleged medical negligence in Abuja hospital

Georgina Jibrin, a 69-year-old woman, allegedly died due to the negligence of the hospital.

Bill Gates

Coronavirus: Gates Foundation commits $100 million to support response

Foundations and multinational companies are ramping up funds to help China and health officials combat coronavirus

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Lassa Fever: Nigeria records six new deaths as confirmed cases increase

365 positive cases and 47 deaths have been reported from 23 states in Nigeria

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Coronavirus: Cameroonian student in China first African victim

The student has been provided “psychological comfort” by the university, who has also updated his family on the situation.