Minister of health, Osagie Enahire broke the news at the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Friday.

He revealed that medical supplies has been donated by group of Chinese companies working in Nigeria to support the country’s fight against COVID-19.

He said the items include commodities such as personal protective equipment and ventilators.

“I have been notified of medical supplies from China, courtesy of a group of Chinese companies working here in Nigeria.

A special cargo aircraft shall leave Nigeria in a few days to collect the items which include commodities, personal protective equipment and ventilators. 

An 18-man team of Chinese medical experts including doctors, nurses and other medical advisers shall come along with the flight to assist us. I must at this juncture commend our frontline workers who are doing a great job in case identification and management.

As we prepare to contain COVID-19, we must not lose sight of other health challenges in our country. Routine health service must continue in our hospitals. Only a wing of tertiary health centers should be used for infected patients.”

The minister said nearly 3,000 samples have been tested for the disease, adding that Nigeria will witness an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases despite the lockdown.

Nigeria has recorded 190 confirmed cases, he added.

A woman identified as Chinenye Okoro in Ebonyi State, has allegedly killed her spouse Ifeanyi Okoro by pulling his manhood until he gave up.

The incident was said to have happened following a misunderstanding between the partners. The reason for the quarrel could not be ascertained as the suspect fled the scene of the incident, but her mother, Roseline Okoro, who reportedly witnessed the event, was arrested by police.

The incident happened on March 29 in Akaeze community, Ivo Local Government Area of the state.

Police spokesman, Loveth Odah confirmed the incident, saying that the case was reported at the Ivo police division.

“Investigation revealed that the deceased was a boyfriend to Chinenye Okoro, that the two lovers had a misunderstanding and as a result the girlfriend pulled at Ifeanyi’s manhood, which allegedly led to his death.” Odah said

she added that they are about  to arrest the principal suspect, stating that once the investigation is over, the suspect(s) would be charged to court for prosecution.

The total number of deaths in the UK is now 3,605 as another 684 people have died after contracting corona virus.

The number of deaths, tallied in the 24 hours up to 5pm on Thursday, is an increase from the previous day when 569 people were confirmed as dying of COVID-19.

The Department of Health said as of 9am on Friday, 38,168 people had tested positive for the virus across the UK.

Number of deaths in each country, as reported by each home nation so far:

Scotland: 46 more deaths – a total of 172

Wales: 24 more deaths – a total of 141

As the number of deaths and cases increase, Boris Johnson announced he would not be coming out of self-isolation on Friday as he still has a temperature.

The Prime Minister had been self-isolating in his Downing Street flat after testing positive for coronavirus.

Four corona virus patients have been discharged by the Lagos State Government. The State Government announced this earlier today.

18 patients had earlier been discharged by the state government, after making full recovery from the novel virus.

With this development, Lagos State government has discharged 22 of its 98 confirmed cases,

So far, 190 cases have been confirmed in Nigeria.

24 have been discharged nationwide.

Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, could not hide her joy as she reunited with her daughter who had been on self-isolation since she returned to Nigeria.

In a tweet via her handle, @aishambuhari, she said, “It is a thing of joy & gratitude to Almighty God to reunite with my daughter after she had been in isolation for 14 days immediately she landed in Nigeria. While I’m wishing all those infected for a speedy recovery, I pray for the end of this padenmic.”

The President’s daughter whose name wasn’t revealed returned from the United Kingdom about two weeks ago, and proceeded on self-isolation immediately thereafter.

Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to pay March salaries following movement restrictions in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja.

This directive was given by the President while meeting the COVID-19 Impact Assessment Committee on Thursday to review the effect of the outbreak on the economy.

He urged the ministry to ensure that critical infrastructures are protected.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting in Abuja said the President has given the order that measures be put in place to protect the poor during this lockdown.

A special committee had been set up in March by the President to look into the effects of COVID-19 on the price of oil, with a view to reviewing the crude oil benchmark of the 2020 budget.

Members of the special committee include the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele and the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari.

Professor Jesse Otegbayo, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, has tested negative for COVID-19 after eight days of isolation and treatment.

Head of the Public Relations Unit of the hospital, Mr Toye Akinrinlola, who confirmed this said that the last test on his blood sample has come back negative.

Akinrinlola said the test result arrived at about 3:45 pm and gladdened the heart of family, friends and workers of the institution.

Otegbayo had tested positive for the virus eight days ago. He was one of the eight confirmed cases in Oyo state.

The Provost of the College of Medicine and his deputy have also tested positive for the virus and have since placed themselves in self-isolation.

Mr Akinrinlola also confirmed that his result also came back negative.

Public Health England says it’s in contact with its peers in Germany amid criticism that the UK is significantly lagging behind in its coronavirus testing capacity.

Paul Cosford, the organization’s medical director said  that the UK is testing nearly 15,000 people a day and aims to reach 25,000 a day by the middle of April.

However, Germany’s leading virologist Christian Drosten says his country is testing 500,000 a week.

Professor Cosford said “I absolutely accept that we need to build this further, there is a lot of work that is going on in order to get this testing capacity in place.

We’re in constant discussions with colleagues in Germany — and other countries — around what they’re doing, where their sources are coming from, what their supply system is.

not less than 2,000 frontline National Health Service workers have so far been tested for the virus.”

A donation of 5.5 million euros has been pledged by Germany to Nigeria in its contribution to the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Germany, through the German Mission made the promise to Nigeria. The donation will be received by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

According to a tweet by the UNOCHA which reads, “Germany donates 5.5 million euro to the Nigerian Humanitarian Fund, its more critical than ever for vulnerable people to have access to clean water, food and shelter.

This will enable partners to continue delivering life saving aids amidst COVID-19.”

A group of youths in Cameroon under the name; Local Youth Corner, are making hand sanitizers and giving them out for free as their way of fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

They stated that their hand sanitizers are made to World Health Organization (WHO) standards. The sanitizers are being distributed mostly in Yaoundé, the capital.

The group’s co-ordinator, Achaleke Christian, explained that their- one person, one hand sanitizer campaign was motivated by the increase in prices and the poor quality of hand sanitizers on the market. 

“Our target is to give 5,000 sanitizers and we just started with 1,000,” he stated.

They also emphasized on hand-washing.

As the number of confirmed cases climbed from 17 to 82 in two weeks during Rwanda’s lockdown, the government in Rwanda has extended rigid lockdown restrictions that were imposed last month to April 19. 

The lockdown which was to end this weekend was extended during a virtual cabinet meeting held by President Kagame, on Wednesday.

It is said that during the extended lockdown, the borders will remain closed and only the entry of Rwandan citizens will be allowed. Goods will also continue to be allowed into the country.

Shops, schools and places of worship will still remain closed and employees will continue working from home. 

There is an indefinite suspension on local council elections by Gov Mohammed Bala due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bauchi State.

Gov Mohammed Bala’s approval was contained in a press release signed by the Executive Chairman of the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC).

“I wish to inform you that in view of the reality of the CoronaVirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the state governor, His Excellency, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammad, CON, has approved that the Local Government Elections scheduled to earlier hold in June 2020, is suspended indefinitely,” He Stated.

Gov. Mohammed Bala thanked the public for its continued support.

World-renowned South African scientist, Gita Ramjee, has passed away on Tuesday from Covid-19 complications.

Prof Ramjee was said to have recently returned home from a trip to London. Although she portrayed no symptoms of COVID-19, she was admitted with pneumonia to a hospital in Umhlanga, in KwaZulu-Natal province.

Her research was focused on ways to prevent HIV transmissions in women in South Africa, earning her global recognition.

She was chief scientific officer at the Aurum Institute and former chief specialist scientist and director of an HIV research unit at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC).

Two African nations; Burundi and Sierra Leone have recorded their first cases of coronavirus. 

On Tuesday, Burundi Health Minister, Thadée Ndikumana announced that two citizens have tested positive for the virus after travelling in from Rwanda and Dubai.

While in Sierra Leone, a 37-year-old man who had arrived from France was found to have Covid-19.

The government has stated that it would not announce a total lockdown yet but a year-long state of public health emergency has been declared. Commercial flights have been suspended as schools have been ordered to close.

A medical doctor of Nigerian origin identified as Alfa Sa’adu, has died of the deadly COVID-19.

The 68 year old man who is also the galadima of Pategi in Kwara State, died of complications from the disease on Tuesday.

Kwara State Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs,  Aisha Ahman-Pategi, confirmed his demise.

He is said to be the second reported Nigerian to die of coronavirus on foreign soil.

As part of the preventive measure against the spread of Coronavirus, the Nigeria Army has directed its tailors to produce face masks for soldiers and their families.

Col Sagir Musa, the acting Director, Army Public Relations, said in a statement that wash-hand basins, hand sanitizes and soaps have been provided at  barracks across the country. People coming in and going out of the barrack are screened.

He said, “The medical personnel in Bonny Cantonment, Lagos Island, Lagos State have intensified the medical screening of personnel and individuals going into or coming out of the cantonment by checking temperature and making sure individuals wash their hands in order to effectively checkmate the spread of the disease into the barracks’ community.

At the Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment housing 2 Division, Nigerian Army, there is noticeable increase in medical checks at the two major gates leading into the Cantonment.

Thermometers and hand sanitizes with the requisite medical staff are in position and available to soldiers, their families and necessary visitors into the Cantonment.

A major effort by the army is the directive given to the Tailoring arm of the service to start the production of the required masks for officers, soldiers and their families. This is due to the scarcity of the product in the open market.

In addition to implementing or enforcing the directives of the Chief of Army Staff, all army commanders have initiated measures to prevent the spread of the deadly threat into their respective barracks and other locations.”

Andrew Jack, a British actor and dialect coach who had roles in a number of Star Wars movies, dies at 76 after contracting Covid-19.

The British actor had played Major and then General Ematt in Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens and “Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi.

Jack also worked as a vocal coach on a number of blockbuster movie franchises, including Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lord of the Rings and The Avengers.

Jill McCullough,  Jack’s agent said in a statement that he died on Tuesday in a hospital in Surrey, England, as a result of the coronavirus.

“Andrew lived on one of the oldest working houseboats on the Thames, he was fiercely independent but madly in love with his wife, also a dialect coach, Gabrielle Rogers.

Tragically she is stuck in quarantine in Australia, having just flown in from New Zealand last week. She was unable to see or talk to him at the end of his life and there is a chance a funeral may not be held.”
McCullough said.

The Military High Command announced yesterday that it would enforce the lockdown of Lagos, and Ogun states; and the nation’s capital, Abuja, as part of measures to contain the spread of the pandemic, following the order of the federal government.

It also announced that a senior military officer tested positive for the disease and is receiving treatment. The officer just returned from foreign engagement, it added

17 treatment and isolation centers has been established across the six geo- political zones in the country,  Defense Headquarters announced 

Major General John Enenche, coordinator, Directorate of Defense Media Operations, while briefing journalists in Abuja, said the Armed Forces of Nigerian would implement all restrictions on movement in line with government directive.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria is to implement all restrictions on movement in line with the Federal Government of Nigeria.

For the avoidance of doubt this includes the Presidential Directive given by the President and Commander-in-Chief, during his address to the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic, on 29 March 2020.

A committee headed by the Chief of Defence Training and Operations is in place interfacing with all relevant ministries, departments and agencies of the federal government of Nigeria managing the COVID -19 pandemic, Enenche said.

The High Command of Nigerian Military hereby solicits the support of the general public in this trying period of the fight against COVID-19.

This can be achieved by adhering to all the medical and administrative guidelines being provided by the government at all levels”, Eneche said.