COVID-19: Foreign Affairs minister, Onyeama recovers, resumes work

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has recovered from Corona virus. The minister announced his recovery via his verified Twitter handle stating “By the very special grace of God, my latest COVID-19 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.” About three weeks ago, he had announced on July 19 that…

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Covid-19: 437 new cases confirmed, total infection now 46,577

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed 437 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 46,577. The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Sunday. The health agency stated that the number of those successfully treated and discharged from various treatment centres across the country also jumped to 33,186, representing an increase of 142 persons. According to the NCDC, while more people have recovered from the disease, the country reported three new fatalities, raising the number of those who have…

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Senator Buruji Kashamu dies of COVID-19

Senator Buruji Kashamu, a former lawmaker, is dead. Kashamu, who represented Ogun-East senatorial district between 2015 and 2019, died at First Cardiology Consultants, Lagos, according to his friend, Ben Murray-Bruce, in a tweet. The hospital is the same facility where a former Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi; and the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, died. It was learnt that Kashamu, who had diabetes and high blood pressure, was admitted at the hospital for over a week before passing away. Confirming his death, a former lawmaker, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce,…

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Covid-19 restrictions: Naira Marley convicted

Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, has been convicted and fined by a magistrate court in Abuja for violating COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Naira Marley was arraigned for a four-count charge by Magistrate Idayat Akanni. The charges include violating Presidential ban on interstate travelling, not wearing of face mask contrary to the Presidential Order imposing compulsory wearing of face mask by all persons within Abuja the Federal Capital Territory, violating social distance order as well as violating dusk to dawn curfew in the territory. He pleaded guilty to all charges…

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MFM explains why Lagos, Ogun churches will not reopen yet

The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries has explained why it will not reopen its churches in Lagos and Ogun states, despite the federal and state governments allowing for worship centres to reopen. The ministry, in a statement by the Chairman, MFM Media Committee, Pastor Oladele Bank-Olemoh, on Friday, noted that the church would not reopen in the two states until the tentative date of September 13, 2020. Bank-Olemoh said, “The leadership of this ministry is aware that the governments of Lagos and Ogun states had announced that churches could…

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Covid-19: FG extends eased lockdown by four weeks

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the current phase of the national response to COVID-19 by another four weeks. The implication is that all the guidelines put in place to curtail further spread of the virus under the second phase of the eased lockdown which started on June 1 will remain in force with slight modifications to address the economic, socio-political and health concerns as contained in the latest report by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. The  Chairman of the task force, who is also the Secretary…

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COVID-19: Tests in 61 laboratories free – NCDC

‌ In a message posted on its Twitter handle, @NCDCgov, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Sunday said COVID-19 tests conducted in facilities within its molecular laboratory network were free. The clarification came at a time some parents of pupils in private secondary schools in Ogun State protested the request of N25,000 COVID-19 test fee by the government. They were said to have protested at the MTR Specialist Hospital, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the designated place for the pupils in Abeokuta to get tested. The NCDC listed 61 laboratories nationwide as…

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Schools resumption: Parents decry N25,000 Ogun COVID-19 test fee

Aggrieved parents of students in private secondary schools in Ogun State on Sunday, protested against the N25,000 COVID-19 test fee for each of their children. The government had said no boarding school student would be admitted into schools without a certificate of COVID-19 test which must be negative. The parents on Sunday thronged MTR 250-bed specialist hospital, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the designated place for the test in Abeokuta, the state capital. It was gathered that attempts by the parents to get their children tested for free failed as they were asked…

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Covid-19: Lagos churches, mosques reopen Friday, bars, clubs stay closed –Sanwo-Olu

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, has said that worship centres in the state will be allowed to reopen from Friday, August 7. He said Muslim worshippers are allowed to begin their services from Friday while Christian worshippers could begin their Sunday services on August 9, noting that the permission applies to Churches that have their main worship days on Saturdays. He, however, warned that the religious centres would only be allowed to operate at 50 per cent of their capacity, noting that the safety protocols released by the government…

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Schools resume August 4, churches, mosques, August 14 in Ogun

Dapo Abiodun, Ogun State Governor, on Wednesday announced that schools would resume on August 4 in the state for final year students in Senior Secondary School 3 private and public schools. Abiodun also said religious centres would be reopened tentatively on August 14. Abiodun added that all students in public schools, except those in the exit classes, had been granted automatic promotion to the next class. He made the announcement while giving COVID – 19 update at the Governor’s Office in Abeokuta The governor said measures were being put in…

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