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COVID-19: Nigeria resume drug trial


Nigerian government has approved the resumption of COVID-19 drug trial.

Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this on Tuesday.

He spoke in Abuja at the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) briefing on COVID-19.

Nigeria had after the World Health Organisation (WHO) directive insisted that it would continue the trial with hyroxychloroquine.

In his remarks, Ehanire explained why the government approved continuation of work.

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The minister recalled that he had announced that Nigeria will “participate in COVID-19 drug trial, which the WHO was leading but partly suspended”.

Ehanire said after consultation with top Nigerian scientists of the Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee, he was “advised that Nigeria has something to add to the body of knowledge around these trials”.

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“I have therefore approved the continuation of the trial, as recommended, under strong precautionary conditions to be built into it,” he said.

He said the ministry had the first briefing with the Ministerial Advisory Panel of Experts on Monday and received a series of very useful advisories that will be discussed and shared with government organs.

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Ehanire appealed to Nigerians to continue to observe precautions and maintain good hygiene.

“Wear your mask on your face, not under your chin; it has no value under your chin. Wash hands regularly, use sanitizers and observe physical distancing. Open your windows to let in fresh air whenever it is safe to do so,” he said.


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COVID-19: Bauchi deputy test positive.


The Deputy Governor of Bauchi, Baba Tela, has tested positive to coronavirus.

A statement issued by Mukhtar Gidado, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State confirmed it.

The statement said Tela contracted the virus while discharging his duties.

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Prior to the sad announcement, Tela was the Chairman, State Task Force on COVID-19.

However, the samples of all his primary contacts have now been taken by the NCDC.

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His primary contacts have also been advised to remain in isolation until their result is released.

“This is to inform the General public that His Excellency Sen. Baba Tela, deputy governor of Bauchi State, who is also the Chairman, State Task Force on COVID-19, was confirmed positive of Coronavirus.

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“Consequently, His Excellency Sen. Baba Tela has gone into self-isolation in Bauchi and health professionals are properly managing his situation,” he said.

Reacting on the development, Governor Bala solicited prayers for Tela’s speedy recovery.

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He, therefore, urged residents to adhere strictly to the protocols against the spread of the disease in the state.

Meanwhile, Bauchi State has 241 confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus.


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COVID-19: Total cases near 11,000 as NCDC record 241 fresh infections in Nigeria.


On the 2nd of June 2020, 241 new confirmed cases and 15 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

Till date, 10819 cases have been confirmed, 3239 cases have been discharged and 314 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory

The 241 new cases are reported from 14 states – Lagos(142), Oyo(15), FCT(13), Kano(12), Edo(11), Delta(10), Kaduna(9), Rivers(9), Borno(8),Jigawa(4), Gombe(3), Plateau(3), Osun(1), Bauchi(1)


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COVID-19: Whistleblower associated Doctor dies.


A doctor who worked with coronavirus whistleblower Li Wenliang in Wuhan died of the virus last week, state media reported on Tuesday.

Hu Weifeng, a urologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, died on Friday after being treated for COVID-19 and allied issues for more than four months, state broadcaster CCTV said.

He is the sixth doctor from Wuhan Central Hospital to have died from the virus, which emerged in the central Chinese city late last year

Cases have dwindled dramatically from the peak in mid-February as the country appears to have brought the outbreak largely under control.

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The official death toll in the country of 1.4 billion people stands at 4,634 – well below the number of fatalities in less populous nations.

Wuhan Central Hospital has yet to give a formal statement on Hu’s death. In early February it said some 68 staff members had contracted coronavirus.

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Hu’s condition became a national concern after Chinese media showed images of him with his skin turned black due to liver damage.

Fellow doctor Yi Fan showed similar symptoms, but recovered and has since been discharged from hospital.

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The death of their colleague Li Wenliang in February triggered a national outpouring of grief and rage against the government as he documented his final days on social media.

The 34-year-old ophthalmologist was reprimanded by authorities after he warned colleagues about the virus in late December.

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Beijing has since named him a national martyr, but suppressed much of the dissent and criticism sparked by his death.

Other medical whistleblowers at Wuhan Central Hospital – including emergency unit director Ai Fen – have told Chinese media they were punished by authorities for speaking out.

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China has not released a complete figure of the number of medical worker deaths from Covid-19, but at least 34 medics have been awarded posthumous honours by health authorities.

In February the National Health Commission said some 3,387 health workers had been infected.


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COVID-19: Qatar Airways pause operations in Pakistan.


Qatar Airways has temporarily suspended its flight operations in Pakistan due to unknown reasons, said sources on Tuesday.

Earlier, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) gave permission to the airline for landing special flights in Pakistan. The foreign airline was operating flights in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar.

The airline sources said that Qatar Airways suspended its flights to Pakistan due to unknown reasons.

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The decision came at the time when the aviation authority held a meeting with the country managers of international airlines operating within Pakistan to seek suggestions pertaining to the resumption of international flights.

Additional Director General Air Vice Marshal Tanveer Bhatti chaired the meeting at the CAA headquarters. Suggestions were sought from the officials of international airlines for resuming flight schedule during the meeting.

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Earlier, Qatar Airways announced it would operate four special flights to bring back Pakistanis stranded in abroad.

The flights are part of a large repatriation operation being carried out by Pakistan in collaboration with Qatar authorities.


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COVID-19: Cases in Africa rise over 150,000.

Africa’s coronavirus cases have surpassed 150,000 while WHO says the continent is still the region least affected.


  • Africa’s coronavirus cases have surpassed 150,000 while more than 4,300 deaths have been confirmed across the continent.
  • Throughout January, the WHO publicly praised China for its response, but behind the scenes, there was growing frustration over not getting the information to fight the virus.
  • Millions of people in Yemen are at risk from a “tragedy” fuelled by the coronavirus, an international UN-backed pledging conference is expected to hear on Tuesday. 
  • More than 6.27 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 375,500 people have died, including more than 105,000 in the US. At least 2.7 million have recovered from the disease.

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COVID-19: Over 10,500 cases begin ‘June’ as Nigeria record 416 new infections.


NCDC record fresh terrible number of cases.

On the 1st of June 2020, 416 new confirmed cases and 12 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

Till date, 10578 cases have been confirmed, 3122 cases have been discharged and 299 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory

The 416 new cases are reported from 20 states – Lagos (192), Edo (41), Rivers (33), Kaduna (30), Kwara (23), Nasarawa (18), Borno (17), FCT (14), Oyo (10), Katsina (7), Abia (5), Delta (5), Adamawa (4), Kano (4), Imo (3), Ondo (3), Benue(2), Bauchi(2), Ogun (2), Niger (1)

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Kaduna-30
Kwara-23
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Borno-17
FCT-14
Oyo-10
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Abia-5
Delta-5
Adamawa-4
Kano-4
Imo-3
Ondo-3
Benue-2
Bauchi-2
Ogun-2
Niger-1


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COVID-19: May ends with over 10,000 total cases as Nigeria record 307 new infections


On the 31st of May 2020, 307 new confirmed cases and 287 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

Till date, 10162 cases have been confirmed, 3007 cases have been discharged and 287 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory

The 307 new cases are reported from 15 states – Lagos (188), FCT (44), Ogun (19), Kaduna (14), Oyo (12), Bayelsa (9), Gombe (5), Kano (3), Delta (3), Imo (2), Rivers (2), Niger (2), Bauchi (2), Plateau (1), Kwara (1)

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FCT-44
Ogun-19
Kaduna-14
Oyo-12
Bayelsa-9
Gombe-5
Kano-3
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Imo-2
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Niger-2
Bauchi-2
Plateau-1
Kwara-1


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COVID-19: Civil Servants may resume work on these rules.. – Ekiti Govt.


Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Sunday, directed the state’s civil servants to return to work.

However, the governor’s directive affects public officers on Grade Level 8 and above, while those on Grade Level 7 and below are to remain at home till further notice.

Fayemi, who disclosed this in a state-wide broadcast, said residents of the state now had opportunities to pursue their businesses on Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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He also revealed that consultations are ongoing on the reopening of religious centres, schools and big markets in the state.

The governor reminded people of the state that the dusk-to-dawn curfew is still in place from 8:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.


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COVID-19: PMB receives brief from PTF.


Members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Sunday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the pandemic situation in Nigeria and other measures taken by government at all levels to check the spread of the virus in the country.

The Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha, had told journalists on Thursday that the PTF would brief the president on how the national response had progressed in the last two weeks.

Nigeria is in the second phase of the gradual relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown in some parts of the country.

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), led the team comprising the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehinare, the Director-General of Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, and National Coordinator of the PTF on COVID-19, Dr. Aliyu Sani, to the president.

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Nigeria currently has 9,855 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 273 fatalities.

However, 2,856 persons have been discharged from various isolation facilities across the country.


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COVID-19: Lagos set to reopen social, worship centres


The Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Safety Commission has announced that the commission is set to begin the Register-to-Open initiative of the state government.

This was disclosed by the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola, during a press conference on the government’s plan towards the gradual reopening of the economy.

Mojola declared that in line with the directives of Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the guidelines towards reopening of the economy, especially religious and social centres have been developed and consultation is ongoing with all stakeholders in partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

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He noted that upon registration, a verification process will be carried out to ensure adequate space management is put in place across the various centres to guarantee that social distancing, hygiene and safety measures are maintained across all religious and social centres.

He stated that a committee has been set up by the governor headed by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Engr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, consisting of other ministries, including the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Home Affairs, Physical Planning and Urban Renewal, Economic Planning and Budget, to ensure that the process of reopening is done effortlessly.

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He added that the commission has met with various stakeholders in the hospitality and tourism sector and will be engaging more stakeholders in the coming week on the best approach to the gradual reopening of the economy and registration of entities within the various sectors, noting that the process is not tedious and time-consuming, but takes into account all religious centres, event centres, gyms, night clubs, bars, lounges, spars, cinemas, restaurants, etc.

He appealed that the only way to beat the Covid-19 pandemic is through a collective effort with all Stakeholders and urged all a sundry to cooperate with the Government in adhering to the safety guidelines.


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Covid-19: Saudi Arabia finally reopen Mosques


Saudi Arabia has finally re-opened the doors to their mosques for worshippers, the first time in more than two months.

The kingdom, on Sunday, began to ease restrictions imposed on worship centres to combat the coronavirus.

However, there are strict rules to be adhered to.

Worshippers are to use their face masks before, during and after the prayer times. They are also to use personal prayer mats, avoid handshakes and stand at least 2 metres apart.

Children under 15, the elderly and people with chronic diseases are not permitted in the mosques.

People must also perform their ablution rites at home, before coming to the prayer grounds.

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“My eyes filled with tears when I entered the mosque and when I heard the call to prayer. Thank God for this blessing that we are back to the houses of worship,” said Maamoun Bashir, a Syrian resident in Riyadh.

Earlier, Saudi authorities said that restrictions would be lifted in three phases, culminating in a curfew ending on June 21, except the holy city of Mecca.


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COVID-19: 553 highest daily infections as total cases near 10,000


On the 30th of May 2020, 553 new confirmed cases and 12 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

Till date, 9855 cases have been confirmed, 2856 cases have been discharged and 273 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory

The 553 new cases are reported from 15 states – Lagos (378), FCT (52), Delta (23), Edo (22), Rivers (14), Ogun (13), Kaduna (12), Kano (9), Borno (7), Katsina (6), Jigawa (5), Oyo (5), Yobe (3), Plateau (3), Osun (1)


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COVID-19: Not less than 268 Nigerians evacuates China.


Two-hundred and sixty-eight Nigerians have returned to the country from China.

They arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, all the returnees will be put on the 14-day quarantine stipulated by Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

The repatriation comes days after Onyeama announced that the ministry is developing new guidelines for citizens seeking to be evacuated.

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He explained that part of the new guidelines would require that intending evacuees must do a compulsory test for the COVID-19 at least five days to their departure.

Meanwhile, the minister had also that two flights from the United Kingdom will be coming into Nigeria to evacuate British citizens in the country.

He, however, explained that it would not be possible to take advantage of the situation to evacuate Nigerian citizens in the UK.

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“The situation with the flights now coming in is that the UK Government which is effectively chattering these planes… in the contract that they have with those companies, there are provisions not to carry anybody coming to Nigeria on that first leg, so their contract is only to carry passengers going from Nigeria to the United Kingdom. So it would not be possible but furthermore, it also would not have been possible because the plan that we had was to use a Nigerian carrier to evacuate Nigerians from all the countries around the world where we have an evacuation operation unless it is absolutely impossible to do so,” Onyeama said.

Speaking further about other developments, the minister affirmed that 69 Nigerian girls trafficked to Lebanon had been rescued and evacuated back to the country.


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Four dead, 6 injured in three turn accident in Ogun.


The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun says four persons died while six others sustained injuries in three separate accidents in the state on Friday.

Clement Oladele, Sector Commander of FRSC in the state, gave the details in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Ota, Ogun.

Oladele explained that the first crash occurred at about 10.30 a.m. due to tyre burst and excessive speeding at Abeokuta-Sagamu route, near Showo.

It involved two vehicles: a Mazda bus marked AKM 125 AA and a KIA bus, marked KRD 34 CW.

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He said that five persons were involved, with three sustaining varying degrees of injuries, but no fatality.

“The three injured persons were rescued and taken to an undisclosed hospital for intensive treatment,’’ he said.

The commander said that the second crash happened at about 1.30 p.m. around Arepo Bus-Stop, on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

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The lone accident involved a motorbike marked AYE 428 UL carrying three persons was caused by dangerous riding.

While one person died, two others sustained injuries.

“The corpse of the victim has been deposited at Idera hospital morgue while the survivors are receiving medical attention at ROA Hospital, Arepo in Ogun.’’

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Oladele said that the third crash, which involved a Toyota Camry car, marked KTU 421 CA and a Bajaj motorcycle marked GGE 723 QF.

The accident, according to Oladele, happened at about 7.49 p.m. due to route violation and driving against traffic around the long bridge on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The commander said that car drove against traffic and rammed into the motorcycle that led to the death of three male adults while one person sustained injuries.

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“The corpses of the victims have been deposited at Idera Hospital morgue while the survivor is also receiving treatment at the same hospital,’’ he said.

Oladele advised motorists to drive cautiously and desist from driving against traffic to avoid unnecessary loss of lives


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COVID-19: Total cases surpass 9,000 as Nigeria hit 387 fresh infections.


Nigeria’s Coronavirus infections have surpassed 9,000 with the addition of 387 new cases on Friday.

According to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, the nation now has 9,302 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, as the deadly virus continues to spread in the country.

Lagos recorded a huge coronavirus infections, ramping up 254 new cases, while FCT recorded 29 fresh cases and Jigawa, 24 cases.

According to the NCDC, “on the 29th of May 2020, 387 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria

“No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

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“Till date, 9,302 cases have been confirmed, 2,697 cases have been discharged and 261 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 387 new cases are reported from 14 states- Lagos(254), FCT(29), Jigawa(24), Edo(22), Oyo(15), Rivers(14),Kaduna(11), Borno(6), Kano(3), Plateau(2), Yobe(2), Gombe(2), Bauchi(2), Ondo(1).”


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NDDC acting Finance Director dies – HQ shut down amid COVID-19 tension.


• NDDC Acting Director of Finance is Dead •


The acting Director of Finance and Accounts of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), Chief Ibanga Bassey Etang, has passed on.

Chief Etang is said to have died at the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital (BMH), in Port Harcourt after he allegedly took ill and gasping for breath at about 2am, Thursday before being rushed to the health facility.

According to an insider source prevy to the development, the cause of death is yet to be determined.

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The source, however, informed newsmen that his body has been moved to the holding area, called ‘COVID Area’ at the hospital, with the intention of taking his samples for a coronavirus test.

This development is said to have occured following a directive from Abuja, with a view to testing and finding out the true cause of death.


• NDDC forced to shut Headquarter over COVID-19 fear •


The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has ordered the immediate shutdown of the headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission in Port Harcourt following the sudden death of the Commission’s Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Chief Ibanga Etang.

Chief Etang, whose death occurred in the early hours of Thursday at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital in Port Harcourt, was suspected to have died from complications arising from coronavirus disease.

To this ends, Senator Akpabio has directed all staff of the Commission currently exhibiting symptoms not to panic but to report to the nearest NCDC centre in Port Harcourt for evaluation.

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The ministry in a statement by its Director, Press & PR, Mrs Deworitshe Patricia said the “Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr Godswill Akpabio, has directed the immediate temporary closure of the Corporate Headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Port Harcourt as a result of a suspected outbreak of COVID-19, Coronavirus disease.

“He has also advised all staff currently exhibiting symptoms not to panic but to report to the nearest NCDC centre in Port Harcourt for evaluation and possible treatment. Further actions shall be communicated as would be directed by the Headquarters of the NCDC.”


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COVID-19: 182 fresh infections as total cases near 9,000 in Nigeria.


Nigeria, On the 28th of May 2020, confirm 182 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths.

No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

Till date, 8915 cases have been confirmed, 2592 cases have been discharged and 259 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory

The 182 new cases are reported from 16 states- Lagos (111), FCT (16), Akwa Ibom (10), Oyo (8), Kaduna (6), Delta (6), Rivers (5), Ebonyi (4), Ogun (4), Kano (3), Plateau (2), Gombe (2), Kebbi (1), Kwara (2), Bauchi (1), Borno (1)


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COVID-19: Cyprus set to cover tourist’s costs.

People gather at a beach in the coastal city of Larnaca on the island of Cyprus on May 23, 2020. Etienne Torbey—AFP/Getty Images


Cyprus is pledging to cover all costs for anyone testing positive for the coronavirus while on vacation on the eastern Mediterranean island nation, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The Cypriot government says it will cover lodging, food, drink and medication for COVID-19 patients and their families. Patients will only have to pay for the taxi ride to the airport and the flight back home.

A 100-bed hospital will cater exclusively to foreign travelers who test positive. About 112 intensive care units equipped with 200 respirators will be reserved for critically-ill patients. A 500-room “quarantine hotel” will be reserved for patients’ family members and other close contacts.

The pledge came in a five-page letter dated Tuesday that was sent out to governments, airlines and tour operators outlining strict health and hygiene protocols that the government is enacting to woo visitors to the tourism-reliant country.

Tourism directly accounts for 13% of Cyprus’ economy. This year, the country expects to lose as much as 70% of the 2.6 billion euros ($2.85 billion) in tourism-generated revenue.

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The letter, signed by Cyprus’ foreign affairs, transport and tourism ministers, boasts that the country has one of the lowest coronavirus ratios per capita in Europe after having tested more than 10% of its population.

International air travel to Cyprus begins June 9, initially from 19 countries, with passengers required to undergo a COVID-19 test three days prior to departure. That measure will be lifted June 20 for 13 countries, including Germany, Finland, Israel, Greece and Norway.

Officials say travel will be expanded to more countries depending on a constant evaluation of their infection rates.

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Passengers will have to show their test certificate prior to boarding an aircraft and may have to wear masks throughout the flight. Their temperature will be taken on arrival to Cyprus and some random testing may take place at no cost to the traveler.

Tourists will also have to fill out a “COVID-19 Traveler Declaration” stating all their travels 14 days prior to their Cyprus trip and that they have neither shown any coronavirus symptoms for 72 hours before departure nor that they have been in contact with infected people 14 days before.

While in Cyprus, people who aren’t in the same travel group are obliged to keep apart at least two square meters (21 square feet) outdoors and three square meters (32 square feet) indoors.

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‘Our Broken System Has Been Exposed.’ How a British Woman’s Rape Case in Cyprus Has Become a Rallying Cry for Activists
Regularly disinfected sunbeds will be two meters (6.5 feet) apart for people not belonging to the same travel group.

Hotel staff will be obliged to wear masks with rooms being disinfected after every departure. At restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs, tables will be at least two meters (6.5 feet) apart with a maximum party size of 10. Guests will be encouraged to pay by card instead of cash.


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