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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.

An Indian policeman’s hand was chopped off with a sword and six other officers were severely injured in northern Punjab state while enforcing coronavirus lockdown measures.

The severed left hand of Harjit Singh, an assistant sub inspector for Punjab Police, was later reattached to his wrist following nearly eight hours of surgery.

A senior government official revealed that the attack took place when a vehicle carrying seven men, who belong to the minority Sikh warrior sect known as the Nihangs was stopped at a barricade outside a vegetable market in Patiala district.

When police asked the men for valid travel passes, one of them took out a sword and cut off Singh’s hand.

The injured officers, one with sword wounds to his back, were taken to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh.

“I am happy to share that a 7 and a half hour long surgery has been successfully completed in PGI to repair the severed wrist of ASI Harjeet Singh. I thank the entire team of doctors and support staff for their painstaking effort. Wishing ASI Harjeet Singh a speedy recovery,” the state’s chief minister Amarinder Singh tweeted.
“The police didn’t even take out their arms and you attack them and cut off the hand of an innocent person? This cannot be tolerated and strict action will be taken …Once more, I am telling all of Punjab, I am warning the people that strict action will be taken against those who don’t follow the curfew,” Singh said in a voice messages posted on Twitter.

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.”