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.

The Lagos State Ministry of Health has confirmed that 56 more COVID-19 patients in Lagos State were discharged on Sunday.

It noted that the patients were discharged after testing negative to coronavirus.

While giving a breakdown of the discharged persons, the Ministry noted that they comprised 12 females and 44 males, including 9 foreign nationals.

“The patients; 25 from Gbagada, 5 from Agidingbi, 3 from Onikan, 8 from Eti-Osa (LandMark) and 15 from LUTH Isolation Centres were discharged after full recovery and testing negative to COVID-19.

This brings to 1,897, the number of COVID-19 cases that have been successfully managed and discharged from Lagos Isolation Centres,” the Ministry tweeted on its official handle

US President Donald Trump has worn a mask in public for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Donald Trump was visiting the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington, where he met wounded soldiers and health care workers.

I’ve never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place,” he said as he left the White House.

Reports reveal that previously the U.S President said that he would not wear a mask and mocked Democratic rival Joe Biden for doing so.

On Saturday he said: “I think when you’re in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, where you’re talking to a lot of soldiers and people that, in some cases, just got off the operating tables, I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask.”

One of the Indian’s best known movie stars Amitabh Bachch, has tested positive for Covid-19 together with his actor son Abhishek Bachchan, they said late on Saturday (July 11).

Both were admitted to the same private hospital.

I have tested Covid positive… shifted to hospital… hospital informing authorities … family and staff undergone tests, results awaited,” Amitabh Bachchan, 77, said in a tweet.

Minutes later, his 44-year-old son Abhishek Bachchan also tweeted he had been infected.

Both of us having mild symptoms have been admitted to hospital. We have informed all the required authorities and our family and staff are all being tested

I request all to stay calm and not panic, he said.

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.

24 new cases of coronavirus has been confirmed by The Osun State Government 

On Thursday, An official also said 11 others were discharged after testing negative twice on Thursday.

According to a statement made available in Osogbo by the state’s commissioner for health, Rafiu Isamotu, the new cases were detected from contact tracing of previous cases in the Ilesa, Ile Ife and Osogbo areas of the state.

“Lack of strict adherence to safety proto cols and guidelines by our people is one of the main reasons for the sudden rise in our COVID-19 cases.

“But with the sentence of a defaulter to 30 days’ imprisonment, we have shown our resolve to enforce these safety protocols and guidelines.”

He appealed to residents to always observe all the precautionary measures against the spread of the virus

“With the latest development, the number of our active cases as at today, Thursday, July 2, is 87.

“We have 151 confirmed cases, out of which the state has successfully treated and discharged 59 patients while five deaths have been recorded,” the commissioner added.

On Monday, Rwanda authorities reported 101 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the single-day record increase of more than 100 cases in the country.

The new cases brought the total number of cases in the country to 1,001.

Seventy-two new cases were from a cluster in a detention center in Ngoma district in eastern Rwanda, 22 cases were reported in the capital city Kigali, three in the district of Rusizi, and two in Rubavu.

The Kayonza and Kirehe districts in the east each had one case.

13 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in kwara state, bringing the total number of infections in the state to 235.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state also recorded five deaths while 131 patients were discharged.

Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and spokesman for the State Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement in Ilorin on Tuesday.

“With this, the state now has a total of 235 confirmed cases, out of which 99 are active and 131 have recovered and have been discharged with five deaths,” he said.

Photos of Malawi’s voters queuing at polling stations without observing social distancing has been shared by the local media.

The electoral commission was said to have urged voters to maintain a distance of two metres between each other.

Commission chairperson Chifundo Kachale also stated that all polling stations would have water points where voters can wash their hands to avoid contracting coronavirus.

The immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi’s health, has reportedly worsened,  rumours have been flying around that he might have died.

Amidst the rumour, Ajimobi’s spokesman, Bolaji Tunji, disclosed on Thursday evening that his principal is alive.

I spoke with those around him not long ago and they confirmed to me that he is still alive. Please disregard news of his death as fake news,” Tunji said

A statement from the Presidency has disclosed that four staff members working in the office of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta have tested positive for coronavirus. 

All four were said to have been referred to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The statement added that the president and his family are safe and free from Covid-19.  

All staff, including the president and his family, are said to be tested on a regular basis.

Kenya currently has over 3,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and more than 80 recorded deaths.

The Botswana government has announced a lift on the lockdown of its capital, Gaborone, after most of the latest reported cases of coronavirus turned negative.

Recall that the extreme lockdown was eased on 21 May, but restrictions were reinstated in the capital last Friday after new cases were reported.

The health ministry revealed that 10 out of 16 suspected new cases had tested negative. The remaining six cases are awaiting confirmatory results, according to director of health services Malaki Tshipayagae.

269 Nigerians who were stranded in India have safely arrived in Nigeria on, Saturday, June 13, 2020. They arrived aboard an Air Peace flight at 2 AM, according to the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.

103 of the returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and 166 arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. 

On Saturday, NIDCOM made known via Twitter that the evacuees were now on a 14-day compulsory self-isolation.

269 stranded Nigerians in India landed in Nigeria (103 in Lagos, 166 in Abuja) today (Saturday) at about 2 am after a few hours of delay. All evacuees (are) now on a compulsory 14 days self-isolation, according to the new protocol by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19,” NIDCOM tweeted.

A group of Ghanaian young women have started to make use of local community radio programmes to spread correct information, eradicating fears by debunking myths and false stories.

Pearl Nikki Quarmyne, who’s based in Ghana’s central region is part of the pan-African Campaign for Female Education Association.

“We invite health workers to come on the radio to talk about the virus. We break it down in local dialects for everybody. We are a network of young women dedicated to reinvesting the benefits of our education into the community,” she said.

Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Baba Tela, who had tested positive for coronavirus about a week ago, has tested negative for the virus and was discharged. 

This was made known by the Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BASPHCDA), Rilwanu Mohammed in a press briefing. 

The deputy governor of Bauchi State, nine days ago was in isolation because he was infected. However, we thank God that after another test, he is now negative and he has been discharged,” Mohammed said