While briefing defence correspondents on the preparedness of the Nigerian Armed Forces to manage COVID-19 cases, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, disclosed that the Nigerian military is set to deploy 80 medical personnel to complement the number of health workers fighting COVID-19.

He stated that the 80 medical personnel had commenced the requisite training and would soon be deployed. He also mentioned that an additional treatment centre had been provided at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Navy Town, Ojo, Lagos.

“In continuation of our briefing on the Armed Forces of Nigeria support on COVID-19, the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to assure the public of its commitment to the presidential directives on COVID-19. In this regard, I wish to state that we have provided an additional isolation and treatment centre, located at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Navy Town, Ojo in Lagos, bringing the number to 18 centres. Equally, the training of 80 medical personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to manage COVID-19 cases has since commenced. They are being trained in batches and would soon be deployed to the various units they would serve. In addition, the recalling of retired Armed Forces medical personnel is in progress. I wish to also inform you that a strategic level preparation by the Armed Forces of Nigeria in support of COVID-19 effort by the Federal Government of Nigeria is on.  Currently, Nigerian Air Force is operating at full capacity its liquefied oxygen (LOX) Plant at the 103 Strike Group (103 STG) at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Yola. The plant is on a 24-hour operation to ensure uninterrupted production of pure liquefied oxygen. The liquefied oxygen is being gasified and will be stored in cylinders for immediate supply to isolation centres and designated hospitals as will be directed. Furthermore, the Defence Headquarters wishes to once again clarify that the viral videos trending online showing men in uniform are not genuine. The general public should please disregard these videos and consider it as actions of mischief makers who intend to tarnish the good image, integrity and sterling achievements of the Armed Forces of Nigeria. I am to state here that the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to thank the general public for their understanding and compliance with the presidential directives in respect of the lockdown.  It should be understood that the directives are in the best interest of the Nigerian populace in order to prevent the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic,” he stated.

Via his twitter handle on Friday night, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu confirmed that Ondo State has recorded its first COVID-19 case.

“We have just received confirmation of our first positive COVIDー19 case in Ondo State this evening. The infected person is currently under isolation and will be monitored. We have activated all necessary protocol to locate all contacts and will be working closely with the NCDC. The infected is in very stable condition and we ask for calm from all in Ondo State. We are on top of this and ask that our citizens continue to follow all preventive measures to ensure they remain safe.”

This was reported 48 hours after the State Government ordered closure of all its borders.

The Governor of Ogun state, Gov. Dapo Abiodun, announced on Friday, that the 62-year-old third case of coronavirus in Ogun State has tested negative and would be discharged this evening. 

The 62-year-old male patient who returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom on March 17 and was tested positive to COVID – 19 had been tested twice. 

The patient was later treated at the isolation centre at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu. 

The state government which briefed newsmen on Tuesday had said a 32-year-old patient had contacts with her father and was also tested positive to the virus. But, the governor broke the news on Friday night at his Iperu residence, Ikenne Local Government, ahead of the total lockdown of the state.

The Governor said having tested the UK returnee twice with the results showing negative, he is qualified to be discharged. He said as of the moment, two out of the four coronavirus cases in the state have been discharged.

He further said, “The cumulative number of confirmed cases so far is just four, out of which two have been discharged. As a matter of fact just before I started this address, I was informed that the third person has also tested negative twice. So, he will be discharged this evening .” 

The Osun State government has declared the search six persons with confirmed infection o COVID-19 who escaped from an isolation centre in Ejigbo on Friday night.

The six persons on the run belong to a cluster of COVID-19 cases who returned to their hometown, Ejigbo, from Ivory Coast last week and were quarantined by the state government. 

The government in statement disclosed the names of the six persons with their phone numbers.

LAWAL Waliyulah, Masifa Ejigbo.08063691573; LASISI Murafat, Olugbodi’s compd Ejigbo, +22505368845; Ganiyat Alabi.
08075441187; Yusuff Afees, Ile Alawe, Ejigbo.
07011196193 ; Isola Abibat, Ile Olori, Ejigbo.
08055905010; Nua Oyeleye, Ile Jesu, Oguro Ejigbo, 08109375276 and, Juel Olasupo, Ile Baale Ejigbo, 08149584397.

The list of the first set of beneficiaries of the World Bank’s COVID-19 Emergency Health Support program has been released. Nigeria was excluded.

The program implemented by World Bank is aimed at strengthening developing countries’ response to the pandemic. 

The first operations of the COVID-19 support program was launched on Thursday, following approval by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors.

Nigeria, despite being one of the worst hit among developing countries was missing in the list of beneficiaries in a statement posted on the banks website.

Twenty-five countries were listed as beneficiaries of the COVID-19 support program, which involves projects amounting to a total of $1.9bn.

Bayern Munich has fined the club defender, Jerome Boateng, for violating the lock-down rules, to visit his sick son in the hospital.

The German star crashed his Mercedes car on the Motorway on his way back from the hospital, reportedly causing damage worth about £22,000.

Bavaria, where Boateng’s house is located went into lock-down over the coronavirus pandemic, with Germany being one of the worst-hit countries in Europe.

Boateng’s trip to Leipzig to see his son, broke the restriction regulations put in place by the German government, to limit the spread of the disease.

Bayern said in a statement “The guidelines govern the behavior of the FC Bayern players in the current situation in line with the Bavarian state government’s directives on restrictions on movement and the recommendations of the health authorities.

FC Bayern believes the club has a responsibility to be a role model.”

Boateng said it is sad, he had no other option than to go and see his son, however he accepted that he was wrong and he is willing to face the consequences.

“I know that it was certainly a mistake not to inform the club about my trip, but in the moment I only had my son in mind.

He was not in good health. When a son calls his father, of course, I will still go, no matter what time,” Boateng said 

The head of Russia’s influential Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, drove a holy icon around the streets of Moscow in a procession of cars on Friday, as the country fights to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The icon of the Virgin Mary was driven 109 kilometers (68 miles) in a procession of sleek black cars shown on state television and was brought to a cathedral in Moscow for a service.

Patriarch Kirill has said he would use the drive to intercede for the end of the coronavirus outbreak and urge Russians to respect and follow restrictions directive given by the authorities.

Moscow, the epicenter of Russia’s coronavirus outbreak, has been in lock-down since Monday and many regions across the country have since imposed similar measures.

Russia has reported 4,149 coronavirus cases and 34 deaths

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.

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.

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.

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.

World-renowned South African scientist, Gita Ramjee, has passed away on Tuesday from Covid-19 complications.

Prof Ramjee was said to have recently returned home from a trip to London. Although she portrayed no symptoms of COVID-19, she was admitted with pneumonia to a hospital in Umhlanga, in KwaZulu-Natal province.

Her research was focused on ways to prevent HIV transmissions in women in South Africa, earning her global recognition.

She was chief scientific officer at the Aurum Institute and former chief specialist scientist and director of an HIV research unit at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC).

Two African nations; Burundi and Sierra Leone have recorded their first cases of coronavirus. 

On Tuesday, Burundi Health Minister, Thadée Ndikumana announced that two citizens have tested positive for the virus after travelling in from Rwanda and Dubai.

While in Sierra Leone, a 37-year-old man who had arrived from France was found to have Covid-19.

The government has stated that it would not announce a total lockdown yet but a year-long state of public health emergency has been declared. Commercial flights have been suspended as schools have been ordered to close.

A medical doctor of Nigerian origin identified as Alfa Sa’adu, has died of the deadly COVID-19.

The 68 year old man who is also the galadima of Pategi in Kwara State, died of complications from the disease on Tuesday.

Kwara State Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs,  Aisha Ahman-Pategi, confirmed his demise.

He is said to be the second reported Nigerian to die of coronavirus on foreign soil.