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”. ⁣

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.