Amidst the global pandemic, a New York City landlord is giving his 200 tenants one less thing to worry about as he waived rent for the month of April.

The Landlord, Mario Salerno said “I want everybody to be healthy. That’s the whole thing,” 

The 59 year old man has roughly 80 apartments across Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 

He said after some of his tenants told him that they were worried about paying rent because they lost their jobs due to the pandemic, he decided to take action.

Salerno posted a notice on the front doors of all of his buildings announcing, “Due to the recent pandemic of Coronavirus COVID-19 affecting all of us, please note I am waiving rent for the month for April.”

One of his tenants said she’s been out of work since she was ordered to shut down her hair salon. she describe Salerno has a wonderful man and superman

“For me, it was more important for people’s health and worrying about who could put food on whose table,” he told the outlet. “I say don’t worry about paying me, worry about your neighbor and worry about your family,” Salerno said.

He said he hopes other landlords will do the same, and some have.

The Supplies of medical equipment worth €80,000 (N32.5m) have been donated by the United Nations to Nigeria to assist in the fight against Coronavirus. 

Materials included; reagents and laboratory consumables,diagnostic machines and kits, biosafety supplies, such as personal protection equipment and laboratory cabinets, amongst others.

This disclosure was made on Friday in Abuja while briefing the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama.

The donation was secured by Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande, from the International Atomic Energy Agency, a UN agency, he said. 

“Our Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna has been able to secure from the International Atomic Energy Agency a donation of €80,000 worth of medical equipment and supplies to assist the COVID-19 response,” The minister said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the first batch of supplies, worth around €4 million, would help the countries use the technique known as real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, a sensitive technique for detecting viruses currently available.

The Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi of The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the agency was dispatching the first batch of the equipment to Nigeria and more than 40 other countries to enable them to use a nuclear-derived technique to rapidly detect coronavirus.

“This emergency assistance is part of the IAEA’s response to requests for support from around 90 Member States in controlling an increasing number of infections worldwide. IAEA staff are working hard to ensure that this critical equipment is delivered as quickly as possible,” He said.

The security officials in South Africa has disclosed that they’ve arrested more than 17,000 people during the first week of the coronavirus lockdown alone for defying the restrictions imposed.

Nearly 1,500 cases have currently been confirmed in South Africa. The country officials have warned that unless people stay at home, the infections could jump over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, there has been a lot of resistance to some of the strict regulations which include a ban on the sale of alcohol and jogging outside.

On Friday, April 3, twenty seven commercial motorcycle riders who left Nigeria and took illegal routes to Ghana were arrested and paraded by the Ghanaian policemen.

It was discovered that the motorcyclist decided to leave Nigeria after the ban on okada riding in Lagos state and the current lockdown imposed by the Federal Government and Lagos State government.

Local media highlighted that the men were arrested at the border town of Ketu South after they had successfully entered the country through the illegal routes.

When they were questioned, the men revealed that they were okada riders in Nigeria but due to their inability to do their job, they decided to move to Ghana to continue their trade as they were on their way to Aflao in the Volta region to do okada business.

Head of the police in Ketu South, Elliot Agbenorwu, disclosed that the 27 men are currently being questioned and after all necessary interrogations are done, they will be sent back to Nigeria.

The Lagos state government has made arraignment for the Junior Secondary School (JSS) pupils to have their own radio instruction programmes that is slated to air on Naija FM 107.2.

The Programme is said to be a collaboration between the Lagos State Ministry of Education and the South Saharan Social Development Organisation.

The Education Commissioner Mrs Folasade Adefisayo stated that the programmes are to be aired from Monday for one hour daily; 12noon -1pm which would feature four subjects which includes; English Studies, Mathematics, Basic Science and Civic Education. She added that the teachings are to commence from Monday, 6th of April, 2020.

She encouraged parents to inform their wards and make the best use of the quality teachings and educative programme.

While briefing defence correspondents on the preparedness of the Nigerian Armed Forces to manage COVID-19 cases, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, disclosed that the Nigerian military is set to deploy 80 medical personnel to complement the number of health workers fighting COVID-19.

He stated that the 80 medical personnel had commenced the requisite training and would soon be deployed. He also mentioned that an additional treatment centre had been provided at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Navy Town, Ojo, Lagos.

“In continuation of our briefing on the Armed Forces of Nigeria support on COVID-19, the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to assure the public of its commitment to the presidential directives on COVID-19. In this regard, I wish to state that we have provided an additional isolation and treatment centre, located at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Navy Town, Ojo in Lagos, bringing the number to 18 centres. Equally, the training of 80 medical personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to manage COVID-19 cases has since commenced. They are being trained in batches and would soon be deployed to the various units they would serve. In addition, the recalling of retired Armed Forces medical personnel is in progress. I wish to also inform you that a strategic level preparation by the Armed Forces of Nigeria in support of COVID-19 effort by the Federal Government of Nigeria is on.  Currently, Nigerian Air Force is operating at full capacity its liquefied oxygen (LOX) Plant at the 103 Strike Group (103 STG) at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Yola. The plant is on a 24-hour operation to ensure uninterrupted production of pure liquefied oxygen. The liquefied oxygen is being gasified and will be stored in cylinders for immediate supply to isolation centres and designated hospitals as will be directed. Furthermore, the Defence Headquarters wishes to once again clarify that the viral videos trending online showing men in uniform are not genuine. The general public should please disregard these videos and consider it as actions of mischief makers who intend to tarnish the good image, integrity and sterling achievements of the Armed Forces of Nigeria. I am to state here that the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to thank the general public for their understanding and compliance with the presidential directives in respect of the lockdown.  It should be understood that the directives are in the best interest of the Nigerian populace in order to prevent the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic,” he stated.

Via his twitter handle on Friday night, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu confirmed that Ondo State has recorded its first COVID-19 case.

“We have just received confirmation of our first positive COVIDー19 case in Ondo State this evening. The infected person is currently under isolation and will be monitored. We have activated all necessary protocol to locate all contacts and will be working closely with the NCDC. The infected is in very stable condition and we ask for calm from all in Ondo State. We are on top of this and ask that our citizens continue to follow all preventive measures to ensure they remain safe.”

This was reported 48 hours after the State Government ordered closure of all its borders.

The Governor of Ogun state, Gov. Dapo Abiodun, announced on Friday, that the 62-year-old third case of coronavirus in Ogun State has tested negative and would be discharged this evening. 

The 62-year-old male patient who returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom on March 17 and was tested positive to COVID – 19 had been tested twice. 

The patient was later treated at the isolation centre at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu. 

The state government which briefed newsmen on Tuesday had said a 32-year-old patient had contacts with her father and was also tested positive to the virus. But, the governor broke the news on Friday night at his Iperu residence, Ikenne Local Government, ahead of the total lockdown of the state.

The Governor said having tested the UK returnee twice with the results showing negative, he is qualified to be discharged. He said as of the moment, two out of the four coronavirus cases in the state have been discharged.

He further said, “The cumulative number of confirmed cases so far is just four, out of which two have been discharged. As a matter of fact just before I started this address, I was informed that the third person has also tested negative twice. So, he will be discharged this evening .” 

The Osun State government has declared the search six persons with confirmed infection o COVID-19 who escaped from an isolation centre in Ejigbo on Friday night.

The six persons on the run belong to a cluster of COVID-19 cases who returned to their hometown, Ejigbo, from Ivory Coast last week and were quarantined by the state government. 

The government in statement disclosed the names of the six persons with their phone numbers.

LAWAL Waliyulah, Masifa Ejigbo.08063691573; LASISI Murafat, Olugbodi’s compd Ejigbo, +22505368845; Ganiyat Alabi.
08075441187; Yusuff Afees, Ile Alawe, Ejigbo.
07011196193 ; Isola Abibat, Ile Olori, Ejigbo.
08055905010; Nua Oyeleye, Ile Jesu, Oguro Ejigbo, 08109375276 and, Juel Olasupo, Ile Baale Ejigbo, 08149584397.

The list of the first set of beneficiaries of the World Bank’s COVID-19 Emergency Health Support program has been released. Nigeria was excluded.

The program implemented by World Bank is aimed at strengthening developing countries’ response to the pandemic. 

The first operations of the COVID-19 support program was launched on Thursday, following approval by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors.

Nigeria, despite being one of the worst hit among developing countries was missing in the list of beneficiaries in a statement posted on the banks website.

Twenty-five countries were listed as beneficiaries of the COVID-19 support program, which involves projects amounting to a total of $1.9bn.

Bayern Munich has fined the club defender, Jerome Boateng, for violating the lock-down rules, to visit his sick son in the hospital.

The German star crashed his Mercedes car on the Motorway on his way back from the hospital, reportedly causing damage worth about £22,000.

Bavaria, where Boateng’s house is located went into lock-down over the coronavirus pandemic, with Germany being one of the worst-hit countries in Europe.

Boateng’s trip to Leipzig to see his son, broke the restriction regulations put in place by the German government, to limit the spread of the disease.

Bayern said in a statement “The guidelines govern the behavior of the FC Bayern players in the current situation in line with the Bavarian state government’s directives on restrictions on movement and the recommendations of the health authorities.

FC Bayern believes the club has a responsibility to be a role model.”

Boateng said it is sad, he had no other option than to go and see his son, however he accepted that he was wrong and he is willing to face the consequences.

“I know that it was certainly a mistake not to inform the club about my trip, but in the moment I only had my son in mind.

He was not in good health. When a son calls his father, of course, I will still go, no matter what time,” Boateng said 

The head of Russia’s influential Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, drove a holy icon around the streets of Moscow in a procession of cars on Friday, as the country fights to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The icon of the Virgin Mary was driven 109 kilometers (68 miles) in a procession of sleek black cars shown on state television and was brought to a cathedral in Moscow for a service.

Patriarch Kirill has said he would use the drive to intercede for the end of the coronavirus outbreak and urge Russians to respect and follow restrictions directive given by the authorities.

Moscow, the epicenter of Russia’s coronavirus outbreak, has been in lock-down since Monday and many regions across the country have since imposed similar measures.

Russia has reported 4,149 coronavirus cases and 34 deaths

Security agents have been cautioned by the Presidential Task Force on corona virus (COVID-19) against manhandling citizens who disobey the order to stay at home over the pandemic.

Speaking at the daily media briefing of the task force in Abuja on Friday, its chairman and Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, appealed to the security personnel deployed to enforce the restrictions to approach the assignment with caution.

Mustapha also appealed to Nigerians to be law-abiding and self-restraining for as long as the lockdown lasts.

The appeals came as a reaction to reports from parts of the country alleging high handedness on the part of those deployed to enforce the restrictions which were authorized by President Muhammadu Buhari in a bid to curtail the spread of the virus in the country.

The SGF also pleaded with small business owners and retailers of essential commodities not to exploit the situation to hike the prices of their goods.

He reiterated that the current situation is not only a threat to the human race, but also to the Nigerian economy and national security.

The PTF chairman, therefore, stressed the need for all citizens to cooperate with the government in all steps being taken and obeying all instructions.

Mustapha stated: “The Federal Government has ramped up its synergy with the state governments through video-conferencing communication and the platform of the Governors Forum. By these measures, a lot of gaps are being closed for uniformity of purpose.”

The PTF finds it very necessary to appeal to our law-enforcement agencies to deploy acts and caution in the course of enforcing the rules, even in the face of provocation.

We similarly appeal to all Nigerians to be law-abiding, exercise patience and self-restraint. The message from the president is that no Nigerian should on account of these rules suffer any harm or pains during this period or at any time in our national life.

To the Nigerian traders and business men and women, we appeal for resistance to the urge to hike prices of goods and commodities, during this period as our compassionate nature must prevail. This is the best time to be considerate and to show empathy for our fellow Nigerians.

In recognition of the danger to which our frontline health workers are exposed to, the government is working with other stakeholders to structure medical and life insurance cover for their protection.

The role of the Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations in this battle is also well recognised. I however urge them to deploy their resources, especially community-based manpower to shore up the arrangements by the sub-national entities.

A senior government official has been arrested by the Kenya authorities for refusing to follow quarantine rules after traveling in from Germany, a high rate country.

The official identified as Gideon Saburi, is the Deputy Governor of coastal Kilifi County, later tested positive for Covid-19, after he was forcefully put in isolation for 14 days.

He is said to have now fully recovered. More than 100 people were quarantined when Mr Saburi tested positive. He is expected to be charged with endangering people’s lives.

“I am sorry for the pain I caused,” Mr Saburi stated after he was quarantined.

However, the health ministry announced the total number of case in Kenya now stands at 122.

To ensure that people are observing the corona virus lock down, a police robot has been deployed to patrol the streets of Tunisia’s capital, Tunis.

It approaches anyone that is seen lurking around the mostly deserted streets and asks why they are out. Then they must present their ID and other papers to the robot’s camera, so officers controlling it can check them.

Although people have been asked to stay in their homes, they are allowed to go out for medical reasons or to purchase necessities.

Tunisia currently has 436 recorded cases of Covid-19.

As a result of the cancellation of all examinations because of the COVID-19 crisis. It is said that teachers in England will be asked to decide the grades they think their pupils would have achieved in cancelled GCSE and A-level examinations based on their class ranking and previous performance.

The decided grades will then be used by exam boards to award results, alongside a ranking order by ability of each pupil in a school, are also to be sent in by the teachers, by 29th of May.

Although, the grades could be altered if schools seem too generous or harsh, and to make the overall distribution of grades consistent with other years.

Arrangements have been made for students who are not satisfied with the awarded grades. They would be given the chance to sit for the exams after schools reopen or in the summer of 2021.

Five Rwandan soldiers have been apprehended for allegedly raping women in a slum in the capital, Kigali, as they enforced a nationwide lock down.

Residents of Nyarutarama have reported to the military prosecution office that the soldiers also beat up male residents and stole from them.

One of the victims disclosed to the reporters that on 26th of March, an armed soldier forced his way into her home and beat up her husband, and when she tried to intervene the soldier raped her.

The government had imposed a nationwide lock down in order  to control the spread of Covid-19, but residents have repeatedly complained about security officer’s brutality.

Rwanda has confirmed 84 cases of Covid-19 so far.

Brooke Baldwin, CNN anchor announced on Friday that she tested positive for corona virus after experiencing symptoms a day earlier.

Baldwin said in an Instagram post announcing her diagnosis. “I am okay, It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon. Chills, aches, fever.”

Baldwin is the second CNN anchor to test positive for the virus after Chris Cuomo tested positive earlier in the week.

Baldwin, who has been broadcasting from CNN’s offices in New York City, said she had been following all the proper precautions.

Despite being positive, Baldwin said she counted herself as one of the lucky ones and that she looked forward to being back on television real soon.

Baldwin also appreciated medical practitioner, who are doing the real work right now. She concluded in her Instagram note, adding that she was sending her love to them.

Ogun State government will commence the distribution of the State Government’s stimulus package to 500,000 homes in every Local Government Area across the state.⁣

The wife of the State governor, Bamidele Abiodun announced this on Friday, April 3rd On her Instagram handle.

These packages include mainly staple foods and other essential hygiene products such as the hand sanitizers produced by the Ogun State Ministry of Health, anti-bacterial soaps, stain removers and water.⁣

The Governor’s wife said, “My thoughts are with many of the vulnerable and needy among us, during this period when families are required to stay at home”. ⁣