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PIC. 12. FRSC ZONAL COMMANDER, ASSISTANT CORPS MARSHAL, CHARLES THEOPHILUS (L), WITH SECTOR COMMANDER, CORPS COMMANDER OLUMIDE OLAGUNJU, AT THE COMMENCEMENT FRSC “OPERATION SHIELD” ON KADUNA – ABUJA HIGH WAY IN KADUNA ON MONDAY (6/5/13) .

As a result of non-adherence to safety protocols against the spread of COVID-19 in Anambra state, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) made it known on Sunday that it impounded 8,345 commercial buses in the state.

The Sector Commander, Mr. Andrew Kumapayi, stated that in Awka about 962 rickety trucks were also impounded between January and August.

Adding that the arrests were made during the joint operations of the FRSC and the Anambra State Ministry of Transport.

Recall that following the lifting of the ban on interstate travels by the Federal Government, commercial transport operators were urged to adhere strictly to COVID-19 safety protocols to curb the spread of the disease.

The Nigerian Center For Disease Control has disclosed that Nigeria now has over 53,000 of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the 221 new cases recorded on Wednesday night making it 53,021 cases.

This was made known in tweet from the NCDC, which revealed that Plateau State had the highest number of infections on Wednesday night with 60 cases, with FCT State following with 33 cases.

It was also revealed that 40,281 patients have now been discharged, with 1,010 patients losing their lives to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, disclosed on  Saturday that she has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Nollywood actress made this known  via her Instagram handle where she told her fans that she is getting better.

“Hello all, I know most of you have been wondering where I’ve been. Well, I contracted COVID. I have been ill, in Isolation and now getting better,” she stated.

Geofrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Foreign  Affairs Minister  has disclosed that he has recovered from coronavirus after three-week of isolation.

He made this known via a tweet on Wednesday morning.

“By the very special grace of God my latest #COVID19 test result came back NEGATIVE after three weeks isolation. I am eternally grateful to my family, the C-in-C and VP, the medical team, relations, friends, colleagues, religious leaders and numerous well-wishers, who through their care, prayers, fasting, messages of support and encouragement never let me walk alone,” the tweet read.

Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has disclosed via a tweet on his official Twitter handle that he has recovered from Coronavirus after testing negative for the disease.

“After 11 days in isolation, I received news that my COVID-19 repeat test came back negative. My sincere gratitude goes to God Almighty, my family, my medical team, and all well-wishers for the prayers and solidarity. We must continue to do all we can to tackle the pandemic.”

Following a spike in the coronavirus cases in the country, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended a nationwide night-time curfew for a further one month.

Adding that a ban has also been placed on the sale of alcohol in all restaurants while bars will remain closed indefinitely.

President Kenyatta made this announcement on Monday after meeting regional governors to assess the country’s Covid-19 response.

He however stated that he was concerned about increased cases particularly among young people whose reckless actions were endangering the whole country.

Mozambican health authorities have revealed that there are 48 coronavirus cases in the diaspora.

Rosa Marlene, the national director of public health, disclosed that the new cases were reported last week.

Although, two Mozambicans living in South Africa were said to have recovered from the virus. It was also revealed that 18 people have recovered in the diaspora in total. Six people have died from the virus, and there are 24 active cases.

Marlene noted that the latest information was from the foreign affairs ministry. She further urged those in the diaspora to follow the measures put in place by local governments in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The Lagos State Government has released a statement in order to clarify the misgivings that have trailed a disclosure made by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, on the amount the state government spends on the treatment of Covid-19 patients in critical conditions, which a section of the media sensationally put at N1 Million per day.

The statement which was released by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, clarified what the state spends on the treatment of Coronavirus patients in various isolation centres in the state.

“Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, addressed a press conference at which he spoke on several facets of the state’s response to Covid-19. After the conference, he took questions. It has become evident from the subsequent reporting of the Honourable Commissioner’s comments and answers that there are misunderstandings that require clarification and correction. The areas that were insufficiently appreciated and incorrectly portrayed by some members of the press are the perceived inefficiencies in testing and reporting protocols and the cost of caring for patients in our isolation centres. On testing protocols, the number of tests being conducted presently, when compared to what we did in the early stages of the pandemic, has shown incredibly significant growth. Alongside, that has come with certain challenges. We are not where we want to be, but it would be unfair not to acknowledge the tremendous progress that has been made by the State. With rapid growth are some glitches, which we recognise and are striving to overcome. While we commend the role of the press in probing into the application of public funds, we look up to them to be balanced and accurate in their reporting. It is clear that N1,000,000 sounds more sensational than N100,000, but we must not allow sincerity to be sacrificed on the altar of sensationalism. What the Honourable Commissioner sought to communicate was the range of symptom manifestations of the Coronavirus – from mild and moderate to severe and critical. He explained that the cost of treating these manifestations vary, considerably,” the statement read.

Health authorities in Uganda disclosed they have  confirmed the second death from the coronavirus in the country.

It was gathered that the deceased who died at a hospital on Friday after exhibiting symptoms of the deadly coronavirus was an 80-year-old woman from a densely populated informal settlement in the capital, Kampala.

It was later confirmed in a postmortem by the Uganda Virus Research Institute and the Makerere University that she had died of coronavirus.

The health ministry disclosed that they have began contact tracing for whoever might have been in contact with her.

The health authorities in South Africa has disclosed a 24-hour increase in the cases of coronavirus deaths with a record of 572 deaths on Wednesday .

The new deaths announced on brings the total number of fatalities to 5,940.

It was also disclosed that almost half of the country’s total number of deaths have been reported in the Western Cape province.

Although, the majority of confirmed coronavirus cases are however in Gauteng province, the country’s financial hub and epicentre of the pandemic.

FILE PHOTO: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro adjusts his protective face mask during the inauguration ceremony of the new Communications Minister Fabio Faria (not pictured) at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil June 17, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo

The office of Brazilian President announced on Wednesday that PresidentJair Bolsonaro has again tested positive for the new coronavirus, 

President Bolonaro’s two-week quarantine has been extended and upcoming travel plans are suspended

The far-right leader, who has faced criticism for downplaying the pandemic and flouting social distancing measures, has been in self-isolation in the presidential palace in Brasilia since first testing positive for the virus on July 7.

“President Jair Bolsonaro’s health continues to improve, under the treatment of the presidential medical team

A (new coronavirus) test carried out yesterday on the president came back positive,” his office statement read.

Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

Onyeama, who doubles as a member of a presidential task force on Covid-19 announced in a tweet on Sunday that he would be isolating at a health facility. 

‘’Did my fourth Covid-19 test yesterday at the first sign of a throat irritation and unfortunately this time it came back positive. That is life! Win some, lose some. Heading for isolation in a health facility and praying for the best,’’ he said.

Kenya’s government spokesperson, Cyrus Oguna has denied reports of being hospitalised for Covid-19 treatment.

Reports on social media said the spokesperson had been admitted for Covid-19 symptoms.

Oguna is a retired army colonel and part of a delegation from the health ministry visiting various county government offices as part of collaborative efforts in the fight against coronavirus.

On Sunday night, he disclosed via Twitter that he had been out of the capital, Nairobi, on assignment and had not been hospitalised.

A coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford is said to appear safe and it trains the immune system.

The vaccine which has been tried on 1,077 people showed the injection led to them making antibodies and white blood cells that can fight coronavirus.

Although the findings are hugely promising, it is still said to be too soon to know if it is enough to offer protection as larger trials are underway.

Reports have it that the UK has already ordered 100 million doses of the vaccine.

Out of 314 people tested, Ghana health authorities have detected 55 positive cases of coronavirus among students and staff at Accra Girls Senior High School in the capital.

According to a joint statement by Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education Service, all the confirmed cases were said to have been transferred to treatment and isolation centres.

Recall that Ghana allowed final-year students back into classrooms last month to allow them to sit for exams.

The first cases in schools were detected last Monday.

The Acting Secretary of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr Mohammed Kawu, has been discharged from Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja, where he was receiving treatment for COVID-19.

Kawu spoke in a statement in Abuja yesterday after he was discharged.

He and some of his relations was said to have contracted the disease about two weeks ago.

“I developed a chest infection, so I had to be on anti-biotics for some days. But thank God, I and members of my family do not have the symptoms again and we have been discharged from the isolation Centre,” he explained.

Adding that the final tests conducted on them returned negative.

Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kwara branch disclosed that 35 doctors have so far tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

Kolade Solagberu, the state NMA chairman, who spoke to journalists on Monday, however, noted that the association has not recorded any casualty among its members.

He cautioned residents to disregard the belief that COVID-19 is not real and that it is a money-making venture for the government.

Solagberu also implore people to make use of e-health services and avoid visiting hospitals during this period,  unless it is a “life-threatening” case.

“Residents should help the doctors to help them by not paying unnecessary visits or consultations to hospitals.

For now, people should avoid visiting the hospital except for life-threatening issues.

We advise people to engage in e-health services instead of physical consultation to avoid contact as much as possible.

People should stop unnecessary visits to patients in the hospital. Those who follow a patient waiting to be attended to, are not encouraged for now.

You should just help us to help you because the less the number of patients we attend to, the less the chances of spreading the virus. This is because every patient is a potential COVID-19 case,” he said.

Solagberu  praised the federal and state governments for the continued closure of schools, adding that safety should be paramount until the coast is clear.

15,299 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in 24 hours in Florida. This number of cases makes a quarter of all of the United States’ daily infections.

The state, with just 7% of the US population, surpassed the previous daily record held by California.

Florida also registered an additional 45 deaths.

The state would rank fourth in the world for new cases if it were a country, according to a Reuters analysis. More than 40 hospitals in Florida say their intensive care facilities are at full capacity.