Following the surge in COVID-19 cases, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday said the country is immediately returning to a ban in the sales of alcohol to reduce trauma cases and free hospital beds for coronavirus patients.
The country is also reinstating a night curfew to reduce traffic accidents. It also made it mandatory for all residents to wear face masks when in public.
Below are the additional measures being implemented to curb the spread of the virus and reduce the pressure on the country’s health system.
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on leaders in Africa to recommit themselves to the ‘very important task of reclaiming our continent from the vice of systemic corruption’.
He urged African leaders to ensure the immediate actualization of the Common African Position on Assets Recovery (CAPAR), as the continent celebrates Anti-Corruption Day, July 11, 2020.
In a letter to South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, Chairman of African Union, the Nigerian leader asked for a re-commitment to the anti-corruption war by leaders on the continent to engender an “integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena.”
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President laments that “the massive corruption being perpetrated across our national governments has created a huge governance deficit that has in turn created negative consequences that have worsened the socioeconomic and political situation in Africa.”
The letter by President Buhari reads in part: “As Your Excellency is aware, the continental fight against corruption has been premised on an irreducible minimum that can pave the way for Africa’s transformation. In this effort, the emphasis has been on the continent’s collective determination to forge resilient partnerships among our national governments, civil society organizations and other interest groups, such as women, youth and the physically challenged, to ensure improved socio-economic, political and security development and ultimately, the improvement of our continent.
“The concern of the African Union is that the massive corruption being perpetuated across our national governments, has created a huge governance deficit that has in turn created negative consequences that have worsened the socio-economic and political situation in Africa.
“Your Excellency may recall that these continental concerns led our colleagues at the African Union, to appoint my humble self as the African Union Anti-Corruption Champion. I believe that the efforts and focus of the Nigerian Government at home, partly informed this decision as well as the need for Africa, as a continent, to recommit herself to the fight against corruption and the imperative to free resources for meaningful development.
“I am, therefore, in full support of the call for the issuance of a continental message to commemorate this day, on July 11, 2020, to re-commit the African Union to the continental fight against corruption, including through a robust approach to assets recovery, hence the need for a strategic framework on a Common African Position on Assets Recovery (CAPAR).
“Happily, in February 2020, at the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, CAPAR was adopted. In my view, the African Union must go beyond the mere annual celebration of the Africa Anti-Corruption Day by moving swiftly to operationalize the African Common Position on Assets Recovery by all member states. This is an excellent way to drive Africa’s Agenda 2063, for an ‘integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena.’
“As current Chair of our Union, I sincerely commend to you, this suggestion that seeks to call our leaders in Africa to recommit ourselves to this very important task of reclaiming our continent from the vice of systemic corruption.
“Please accept, Your Excellency and Dear Brother, the assurances of my highest consideration.”
Hungary’s government on Sunday barred travel from Africa and most of Asia, apart from China and Japan over coronavirus infections.
The countries in the “red” zone include all African countries and most of Asian.
“We need to protect our security so that the virus is not introduced from abroad… the level of active infection cases at home is falling, and we want to keep it like that,” Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Chief of Staff, Gergely Gulyas, told reporters in Budapest.
Hungarian citizens returning from “red” countries will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine and be tested for the virus.
Despite having 3.29 million cases and 137,000 deaths, Hungary placed the US in a “yellow” category. Other “yellow” countries include UK, Norway, Serbia, Russia, China, and Japan.
Local media has disclosed that the premier of Gauteng, David Makhura has tested positive for Covid-19.
Gauteng, the South African province has recently become the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus outbreak.
Mr. Makhura stated via Twitter that he had been tested for coronavirus after showing symptoms and will now self-isolate and work from home for 14 days while monitoring his health as his symptoms are still mild.
He also urged people to wear masks, wash hands and keep social distance.
The Nigerian In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has disclosed that a batch of stranded Nigerians are to arrive from Malaysia and Thailand. This was made known in a tweet on their official page.
Chartered @airpeace flight APK-7813 conveying Stranded Nigerians from Malaysia and Thailand departing Kuala Lumpur to Abuja and Lagos today with Evacuees from Malaysia and Thailand onboard,” the tweet read.
Though the figure of returnees in the batch was yet to be known, however, it was disclosed that 32 evacuees are from Thailand, including three Nigerians who had earlier been stranded at the airport for about four months.
NIDCOM also highlighted that all evacuees have tested negative to COVID-19 and will proceed on a 14-day self-isolation on arrival.
Gal Pissetzky, counsel for 37-year-old Nigerian fraudster and Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas Olorunwa aka Hushpuppi, has claimed that his client should have been extradited to Nigeria, his country of citizenship.
The Chicago-based lawyer claims Hushpuppi was “kidnapped” from Dubai by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
According to the BBC, Pissetzky on Friday said, “In my opinion, the FBI and the government here acted illegally when they kidnapped him (Hushpuppi) from Dubai without any legal process to do so.
“There was no extradition, there were no legal steps taken, there were no court documents filed, it was simply a call to the FBI. He is not a citizen of the United States, the US had absolutely no authority to take him.
“If Dubai wanted to expel him, they should have expelled him back to Nigeria. I’ve never heard of anything like that. That is the real story here.”
Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai in June alongside 12 other members of his crew. They were accused of committing crimes outside the UAE, including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft.
They reportedly stole 1.6 billion Dirham (over $434 million).
California will challenge the administration of US President Donald Trump over its policy threatening the visas of foreign students whose courses move online due to coronavirus, the state Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Thursday.
“The Trump Administration’s unlawful policy threatens to exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 and exile hundreds of thousands of college students studying in the United States,” said a statement announcing the suit.
“No one graduates more students from college or assembles a more talented and diverse group of future leaders than California,” Becerra said.
“Today’s lawsuit rests on America’s enduring principle that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules can earn a chance to get ahead. We’ll see the Trump administration in court,”Becerra added.
Outrage has trailed Trump’s administration’s announcement this week that international students in the United States must take in-person classes this fall or they will have to leave the country or transfer to another college.
Reacting to the guidance issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), about 100 members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, urging the department to revoke the policy.
“ICE’s announcement of their plans to force out or deport international students who remain at U.S. colleges and universities and who are taking a full online course load is cruel and unconscionable,” the letter reads.
Meanwhile, the University of Southern California (USC) on Thursday announced that it will offer a no-cost, in-person class to international students that need it to maintain their visa status.
In a statement Wednesday on its website, USC said: “USC’s vibrant international community is vital to our University and has been since our founding in 1880. We are deeply troubled by the updated guidance that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released Monday requiring international students to take at least one in-person class to maintain their visa status. Issued without warning or broad consultation, the policy could negatively impact countless international students, and restrict research and competitiveness not only here but at research universities across the nation. We are very proud of our international students and their families across the world, many of whom have sacrificed so much to enable them to come to America. This policy is especially concerning as it comes in the midst of a global health pandemic when universities need the autonomy and flexibility to adopt nuanced, multi-faceted models of instruction and research while preserving the health, safety and well-being of all our students, faculty, and staff.”
“To our international student community – please know that we are strongly advocating against this policy and are working closely and collaboratively with higher education colleagues across the nation. USC’s deans and senior leadership are working tirelessly with the faculty to support your academic progress. Given the broad range of courses being offered, both in person and online, we are optimistic we will be able to support our international students to study in person safely if they wish, but it may take a few days. We understand that you have many time-sensitive decisions. We will write soon with more details and options, and appreciate your patience,” the statement read.
The Rwandan police on Thursday arrested four people who had escaped from a COVID-19 treatment center in Eastern province.
The Ngoma district police in a statement said that the patients who contracted the disease and were receiving treatment at the center set up at a secondary school in Ngoma district escaped on Wednesday evening after breaking iron window bars.
According to the statement, it took the efforts of Security officers and local leaders to locate their whereabouts and arrest them following a tip-off from people who saw them.
It also stated that Security officers and medics are tracing their likely contacts, including their families, according to the statement.
The police, however, urged those who could have had contact with the quartet to come forward for tests and due treatment to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
NAN reports that Rwanda on Thursday reported 16 new cases and 13 recoveries, bringing the total confirmed cases to 1,210 and total recoveries to 623.
On Wednesday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama disclosed in a tweet that a total of 162 Nigerians that were stranded in India have been evacuated.
This is said to be the third batch to have been evacuated from India.
The third batch of 162 evacuees has departed New Delhi, India by Air Peace. The combined flight to Abuja and Lagos will first land at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to disembark 48 passengers before proceeding to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos with the remaining 114. All evacuees will then proceed on the mandatory 14 days self-isolation,” he stated.
On Wednesday, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu disclosed to State House Correspondents after the week’s virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, that the final year secondary school students in Nigeria won’t participate in the forthcoming West African Examination Council(WAEC) examinations.
Adding that there is no date for school resumption yet.
He said he would prefer Nigerian students lose an academic year to expose them to dangers
A total of 17 Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters were killed and several others were wounded when troops of 25 Task Force Brigade deployed at Damboa in conjunction with elements of Sector 2 Special Forces overran the terrorists’ ambush along Damboa -Maiduguri Road in Borno State.
In continuation of their sustained onslaught against remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West African Province criminals and their collaborators, the gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE under the subsidiary operation, Operation KANTANA JIMLAN have again displayed their combat superiority against the terrorists as part of their heightened offensive operations across the Theatre. Relatedly, on Tuesday 7 July, 2020, the troops of 25 Task Force Brigade deployed at Damboa in conjunction with elements of Sector 2 Special Forces while on clearance operations along Damboa -Maiduguri Road, made contact with a Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals’ ambush team along their axis of advance. Instinctively, the valiant troops out flanked and engaged the criminals with overwhelming volume of fire power forcing them to withdraw in disarray . In the aftermath of the encounter, 17 Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals were neutralized as several others were believed to have narrowly escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds while a cache of arms and ammunition were equally captured by the gallant troops. Regrettably, two valiant soldiers paid the supreme price while 4 others were wounded in action. However, the wounded in action soldiers have been evacuated to a military medical facility and currently responding positively to treatment. Meanwhile the Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE has been directed to immediately deploy a Special Forces Battalion to reinforce and dominate Damboa – Bulabulin – Maiduguri axis to completely deny the terrorists any chance of escape during the final assault against the criminals. Members of the general public particularly residents of the area are also requested to remain calm, law abiding and continue with their routine activities as all necessary measures have been put in by the Theatre Command to ensure all routes are safe for commuting without fear of attack by the criminals. The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commends the troops for their resilience and patriotism in crushing the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals and urges them to maintain the tempo against the criminals as we approach the end of insurgency in our country,” the statement read in part.
The Police in Ogun State have arrested a 57- year-old man and his wife who were identified as Joseph and Janet Akporugo, for maltreating their seven-year-old grand daughter for allegedly using witchcraft to kill her biological father.
The little girl whose body was covered in wounds and scars was said to have walked into the house of a Police constable living very close to their house in Awa-Ijebu area of the state and narrated how she suffers in the hands of her grandparents whom she has been living with since the death of her father.
Adding that the couple kept maltreating her on suspicion that she was a witch and that she used her witchcraft to kill her biological father.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrest of the couple in a release, adding that a Constable had brought the girl to the Awa-Ijebu Police Station where the case was reported.
According to the Police Spokesman in the state, the couple were unable to justify their maltreatment of the innocent girl when interrogated.
However, the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has given directive for a proper investigation of the case and diligent prosecution of the suspects.