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COVID-19: UK PM, Boris Johnson spent night in intensive care as case worsen.


Mr Johnson, 55, is “in very good hands”, said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is standing in for the PM and chaired the government’s daily meeting.

World leaders have sent messages to Mr Johnson wishing him well.


It comes as Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove became the latest politician to go into quarantine.

Mr Gove said he was self-isolating at home, after a family member showed mild symptoms. He is not suffering any symptoms and will work from home.


He was moved as a precaution so he could be close to a ventilator – which takes over the body’s breathing process, NobleReporters learnt

Mr Gove said: “The prime minister’s not on a ventilator. He has received oxygen support.”


If there is any change in his condition “No 10 will ensure the country is updated”, Mr Gove added.

As the first secretary of state, Mr Raab is the minister designated to stand in for Mr Johnson if he is unwell and unable to work.


Mr Raab said earlier there was an “incredibly strong team spirit” behind the prime minister and that he and his colleagues were making sure they implemented plans Mr Johnson had instructed them to deliver “as soon as possible”.

Mr Johnson is the first major world leader to have announced he had the virus
Some politicians have called for greater clarity on what Mr Raab’s role as deputy entails, including Tory MP Tobias Ellwood who asked for details “as to where responsibility for UK national security decisions now lies”.


Lord Heseltine, who served as deputy prime minister under John Major, said it will be a “very difficult personal position” for Mr Raab, who “will be tested by the loneliness of the job”.

“He will be surrounded by lots of people who know what Boris Johnson said, believe Boris will be quickly back and have their own personal agendas anyway,” he said.


Former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said the government will “continue to work” as decisions are made collectively by the cabinet.

He also sounded a warning to people who have broken social distancing guidelines, saying: “I hope people who may have wandered out the other day and decided they can sit around having barbecues will really think about this carefully and recognise this is serious.


“If the most powerful man in Britain can come down with this, so can you”.

Mr Johnson was initially taken to hospital for tests after announcing 11 days ago that he had the coronavirus. His symptoms included a high temperature and a cough.


Earlier on Monday, he tweeted he was in “good spirits”.

Mr Gove is the latest cabinet minister to self-isolate, after Mr Johnson, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Scottish secretary Alister Jack.


The government’s chief medical adviser Prof Chris Whitty and the PM’s adviser Dominic Cummings also spent time self-isolating after showing symptoms.

The Queen has been kept informed about Mr Johnson’s health, Buckingham Palace said. She also issued a message thanking healthcare workers for their “selfless commitment and diligence” to mark World Health Day.


It comes as the number of coronavirus hospital deaths in the UK reached 5,373 – an increase of 439 in a day.

The Department of Health and Social Care said there were now 51,608 confirmed coronavirus cases.


Separate figures from the Office for National Statistics have been released, showing the majority of coronavirus deaths are happening in hospitals but some are in hospices and care homes.

Among those who have sent messages to Mr Johnson was Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who described it as “terribly sad news”.


“All the country’s thoughts are with the prime minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time,” he added.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Vladimir Putin wished Mr Johnson a speedy recovery, saying he was “convinced that your energy, optimism and sense of humour will help you overcome the disease”.


US President Donald Trump said Americans “are all praying for his recovery”, describing Mr Johnson as “a very good friend of mine and a friend to our nation” who is “strong” and “doesn’t give up”.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said his thoughts were with the prime minister and his pregnant partner, Carrie Symonds, and that Mr Johnson would “come out of this even stronger”.

On Saturday, Ms Symonds said she had spent a week in bed with the main symptoms. She said she had not been tested for the virus.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was “sending [Mr Johnson] every good wish”, while Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster added she was “praying for a full and speedy recovery”.


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COVID-19: UK death toll rise near 5,000.


The UK coronavirus death toll is now close to 5,000 after another 621 people died in the last 24 hours.

The new figure, which is lower than the record 708 deaths reported on Saturday, takes the country’s fatalities to 4,934.


Confirmed cases released by the Department of Health also jumped by 5,903.

The national total rose to 47,806 out of close to 200,000 tested for the virus.


Britain is now the fifth among countries with high death figures.

Italy leads with 15, 362 deaths, excluding Saturday’s figures.


Spain follows with 12,418 deaths. U.S. is third with 8, 454, while fourth-placed France has 7,560 deaths.

Iran’s death toll of 3,603 is now the world’s sixth highest, with China’s 3,329 the world’s seventh.

Queen Elizabeth is scheduled to address Britons at 7pm today.


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Harry and Meghan react after Trump refuse to pay for their security.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will officially step down as senior royals this week. The couple returned to the UK earlier this month for their final royal engagements before heading back to Canada where they have been residing with their ten month old son, baby Archie Harrison, since the beginning of the year.

But a report last week suggested that the Sussexes are now in California after taking a private flight to Los Angeles before the borders between the US and Canada were shut.

An insider claimed that they had left Canada ‘for good’ but that ‘this move was planned for some time’ as ‘they have a big support network there. It’s where their new team of Hollywood agents and PRs and business managers are based. Meghan has lots of friends there and, of course, her mum Doria.’

Following the news that the family are reportedly planning to settle down in LA, Donald Trump wasted no time in declaring that the USA would not pay for their security.


Trump tweeted: ‘I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada.

‘Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!’

Since announcing that they are stepping down from royal duties, Harry and Meghan’s security has been a divisive topic.


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COVID-19: United States set to evacuate citizens in Nigeria.


The US government has revealed plans to evacuate its citizens in Nigeria despite airport closures due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria made this known on Friday evening through a notice titled ‘Health Alert: US Mission in Nigeria.’


In the notice, the American citizens in Nigeria were advised to be in Abuja and Lagos “as soon as possible” to join arranged flights back to the US. They also advised nationals who are not in Abuja and Lagos to work with local airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.

It stated: “At present, there are no scheduled flights to the United States. However, we are actively exploring options and attempting to secure flights despite global airport closures and travel restrictions.


“We will email US citizens immediately once we have flight details, routes, and costs.

“US citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to travel to Abuja or Lagos as soon as possible.


“The Embassy and Consulate are unable to assist with lodging, food, or transportation costs, and some hotels have closed or are closing.

“To disseminate important information and alerts for US Citizens including possible evacuation flights, the State Department uses the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program as its primary messaging system.

US Citizens in Nigeria who want to be informed about emergency flights and receive other alerts should enroll in STEP immediately.”

US currently has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country, with more than 86,000 positive tests.


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COVID-19: Nigerian woman dies in America.


Another Nigerian identified and confirmed to be Hajia Laila Abubakar Ali has died of coronavirus in the United States.

Her demise was disclosed on Thursday, March 26, by the spokesman to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, Salihu Yakasai


An indigne of Kano living in America by the name Hajia Laila Abubakar Ali has died of Covid-19. The 60yr old died yday after being infected. She was the elder sister to the Perm Sec of Ministry of Religious Affairs Kano. May her soul rest in peace.


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COVID-19: Trump want citizens to return to work.


A chilling debate is unfolding in the virus-racked United States as President Donald Trump, desperate to reanimate his country’s paralyzed economy, considers scaling back its COVID-19 defences and sending people back to work in a matter of weeks — just as the pandemic appears poised to erupt on American soil.

Meanwhile, from the other side of the world’s longest undefended border, now stridently defended against vacationers and bargain-hunters, Canada watches, and waits.


Trump’s thinking, which now seems bent on making the April 12 Easter weekend a celebratory victory party, is on a collision course with the best advice of public health experts, including the World Health Organization, which warned Tuesday that the U.S., with more than 50,000 active cases, could well be the outbreak’s next major focal point.

“I’m hopeful to have Americans working again by that Easter, that beautiful Easter day,” Trump told a briefing at the White House, before adding an important caveat: “Rest assured, every decision we make is grounded solely in the health, safety and well-being of our citizens.”


It’s a medical crisis, not a financial crisis, he added.

“Our country wants to be open, our people want it to be open, and they’re raring to go. I think it’s one of the reasons we’re going to have a tremendous bounce-back. I think it’s going to go very quickly.”


Trump’s optimism, combined with an earnest effort on Capitol Hill by Democrats and Republicans alike to reach an agreement on a proposed $2-trillion U.S. stimulus package, cheered investors for the first time in weeks, adding more than 1,500 points to the Dow Jones index.

Graphs illustrating the spread of the virus, however, were going in the same direction: on Monday, there were more than 10,000 new cases in the U.S., with 140 deaths, while the global total was closing in on 400,000 cases.


In Ottawa, his own self-isolation period winding down without evidence of illness, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau clung to diplomatic language when asked about the disconnect between the state of the U.S. outbreak and the evolving messaging out of the White House.

For now, the mutual ban on non-essential travel between the two countries will suffice to protect Canadians, Trudeau said.


And Canada will continue to follow science-based advice, which means no end soon to the requirements of social distancing: stringent and frequent hand-washing, staying home, avoiding groups of people and steering two metres clear of everyone.

Despite signs of accelerating pandemic, Trump wants Americans back to work


But the prime minister also made it clear that Canada is watching closely.

“We are braced for a broad range of scenarios,” he said. “As the situation evolves, we will be ready to shift our posture with that.”


In Ontario alone, 65 per cent of the province’s 588 confirmed cases were infected through recent travel, and 29 per cent of those in the U.S., including New York, Colorado, California, Florida and Nevada, said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, the province’s associate chief medical officer of health.

“With the influx of people coming back from the States, snowbirds and other people, it’s something that we’re watching,” Yaffe said. “We’re reiterating the advice we give to every international traveller returning, which is stay at home as much as you can. Self-quarantine for 14 days. Don’t go out.”


In New York, currently the largest viral hot zone in the U.S. with more than 25,000 active cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo painted a bleak picture of the coming days and weeks, billing his state’s worsening plight as a window into America’s future.

The infection rate in New York has doubled in the last three days, said Cuomo, who urged the White House to keep working on finding a strategy that would resuscitate the U.S. economy without jeopardizing efforts to contain the outbreak.


“No American is going to say, ‘Accelerate the economy at the cost of human life,’” he said. “Job 1 has to be save lives. That has to be the priority.”

Trump, however, has a famously binary way of seeing the world.

“He’s not a rheostat,” said former Canadian ambassador Bruce Heyman. “He’s just an on-off switch.”


If the U.S. had a better grasp of the nation’s true health, including not only who is sick but who has recovered from the illness, it would be better able to control its response, Heyman said — isolating those known to be sick while reintegrating others back into the workforce and selectively reopening businesses.

But a chronic shortage of tests, now compounded by a hospital system that is already past capacity, has made that all but impossible.


“The challenge is, we don’t have that information, and so we can’t implement that very effectively right now,” Heyman said. “When you lack information, I think you have to take the most conservative path.”

Trump has never explicitly suggested otherwise. Indeed, his tweet Tuesday promised to watch over American seniors “protectively and lovingly.” But some of his recent remarks — comparing the outbreak to flu season or the number of deaths on the country’s highways, for instance — have prompted questions about whether he grasps the potential human toll.


“We have a very active flu season; more active than most. It’s looking like it’s heading to 50,000 or more deaths,” he said Monday.

“And you look at automobile accidents, which are far greater than any numbers we’re talking about. That doesn’t mean we’re going to tell everybody, ‘No more driving of cars.’ So we have to do things to get our country open.”

Speaking from the Rose Garden, he made much the same argument Tuesday during a Fox News town hall as he promised to reassess the situation in two weeks.

“We’ll assess at that time and we’ll give it some more time if we need a little more time, but we need to open this country up,” he said. “We have to go back to work, much sooner than people thought.”


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63 year old Nigerian lawmaker, Rose Oko dies in UK.


Nigerian Senator, Rose Oko has reportedly died in the United Kingdom. She was was aged 63.

Oko represented Cross River North at the Senate. She was a second-term member of the upper chamber and served as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade and Investment.


Oko was said to have died last night at United Kingdom (UK) medical facility where she had been receiving treatment in the last one month.

“She passed on last night in the UK where she has been in the last one month,” a close aide said while confirming the story.


“The Amazon Goes Home, Sad! Distinguished Senator Dr Mrs Rose Okoji Oko, You Left Us At The Time Your Services To The Great People Of CRS Is Highly Needed. May Your Soul Rest In Peace. Amen,” another aide posted on his Facebook wall.

One of her close relatives, as reported by The Nation simply said: “Heart broken to hear of the passing of my dear Cousin Senator Dr Rose Okoji Oko after a long fought battle with physical affliction.


“You gave your best to your world now that it has pleased the Almighty God to call you home may your soul find eternal rest in Heaven. Adieu, Distinguished Senator Dr Rose Okoji Oko.”

The lawmaker was born on September 27, 1956. Oko was a member of the House of Representatives representing Yala/Ogoja Federal Constituency during the 7th National Assembly.

She served as Deputy Chairman House Committee on Education while in the House of Representatives.

She was elected into the 8th Senate in June 2015 and re-elected into the 9th Senate in June 2019.


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Buhari’s daughter on self-isolation after UK trip.


One of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has just returned from the United Kingdom has been forced to go into self-isolation over coronavirus.

The UK is among the countries listed as high-risk zones with multiple cases of infected persons.


First Lady Aisha Buhari revealed in a statement posted on social media that her daughter, whom she did not name, did not show any symptoms of the virus.

“…Earlier today my daughter returned from the UK being among the high burden listed countries of COVID-19,” the statement read.


“Based on the advice of the Hon. Minister Of Health, Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 and that of NCDC, she is on self-isolation, not because she displayed any symptoms of the Covid-19.

“Please I urge all parents to do the same if possible as prevention is better than cure. Similarly, I have shut down my office for two weeks with immediate effect while essential staff can work from home as a result of some staff who recently returned from the UK.”

Mrs Buhari commended governors in the North West, including Niger and Kwara, on preventive measures taken to curb the spread of Covid-19 at a security meeting held on Wednesday in Kaduna.

“Let’s adopt preventive measures and ensure the safety of our families and that of the general public. We will overcome the Covid-19 pandemic if we all take the necessary precautions at the same time,” she said.


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U.S president announce why tax payments may be delayed.


On Tuesday, the White House announced some details on how taxpayers will be able to defer any tax payments they might have.

“If you owe a payment to the IRS, you can defer up to $1 million as an individual,” said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, adding that the payments would be “interest free and penalty free for 90 days.”

“All you have to do is file your taxes; you’ll automatically not get charged interest in penalties,” Mnuchin said during a coronavirus briefing with President Trump looking on.


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COVID-19: Chrissy Teigen slam Melania Trump for being useless


In a series of tweets, the outspoken model mentioned that she sees regular people doing things daily to help amid the Coronavirus crisis but Melania ”does nothing.”

Chrissy tweeted:


“Has melania even thought about doing something with her be best shit during these times? I see regular ass awesome people on my timeline all day doing all they can to make people happy and this wifebot is working on whatever the fuck a tennis gazebo is.

“I expect Donald to be a do nothing fucking loser wimp but she could maybe possibly try to uhhh BE BETTER possibly the best be the best the best be best.”


By “be best”, Chrissy was making reference to the First Lady, who launched her “Be Best” initiative to combat cyberbullying when President Trump took office.

Then, by “tennis gazebo”, she was referring to Melania’s tweet earlier this month, talking about the Tennis Pavillion that was being constructed on the White House grounds. In the tweet, Melania encouraged her critics to “take time and contribute something good & productive in their own communities.”

Chrissy added in her tweets to Melania: “ALL I have seen this bot do is gently touch Christmas ornaments in a cape and stare in a cape and pat statues in a different cape and then change her cape into a rude ass jacket. Fuck you.”


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COVID-19: Trump reveals what his judgement would be for infected Americans.


Donald Trump wants to send cash to Americans suffering from the coronavirus crisis immediately he said at the White House Tuesday.

‘The payroll tax holiday would get money to people over the next six to eight months. We’re looking to send checks to Americans immediately,’ explained Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in the press briefing room. ‘Americans needs cash now and the president wants to give cash now.’


‘And I mean now – in the next two weeks,’ Mnuchin added. Precise details weren’t announced at the press conference.

Mnuchin said he was previewing the plan with Capitol Hill Republicans and would reveal more later, but he suggested the amount could be more than $1,000. There would also be some income cut-offs. ‘You don’t need to send people who make a million dollars a year checks,’ he said.


Trump said of his administration’s stimulus plans: ‘We’re going big.’

The economy has spiraled since the coronavirus outbreak reached American shores. In Ohio alone, unemployment claims went from 6,500 last week to 45,000 this week, according to numbers given to reporters by Sen. Rob Portman’s office.


After his meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Mnuchin floated that the White House wanted to se $1 trillion injected into the American economy.

Mnuchin said this would be a combination of loans and ‘direct checks,’ like the ones he described at the White House earlier.


Beyond giving cash to Americans, Mnuchin said tax payments can also be deferred for 90 days.

After meeting with Mnuchin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he planned to have the Senate vote on a bill that was passed in the House on Saturday, which had been a collaboration between the White House and House Democrats.


The cash handouts would come as part of a third bill passed to deal with coronavirus’ effects on the American economy – one that would be worked out between the White House and Senate Republicans first.

Senate Democrats then would be brought into the fold, McConnell explained.


The White House sped up its embrace of a universal basic income-like stimulus after economic adviser Larry Kudlow told DailyMail.com Monday the administration ‘might’ get behind new proposals to give cash to American households.

Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney on Monday announced that he was for a plan to give American workers $1,000 each month during the outbreak.

‘We also urgently need to build on this legislation with additional action to help families and small businesses meet their short-term financial obligations, ease the financial burden on students entering the workforce, and protect health workers on the front lines and their patients by improving telehealth services,’ the Utah senator said in a statement, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

‘I will be pushing these measures as Senate discussions continue about an additional relief package,’ he added


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COVID-19: APC seek closure of schools, NYSC.

italy is locked down.

high tech China struggling.

America almost in unprecedented state.


A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Director of Planning during the 2015 presidential campaign, Dr. Theodore Ekechi, has alerted that a surge in the cases of coronavirus is imminent in the country.

He, therefore, urged the Federal Government to urgently shut down all schools from primary to tertiary levels and orientation programme of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for at least 40 days so as to avert an impending national catastrophe occasioned by coronavirus outbreak.


He stressed that a surge of coronavirus was imminent in Nigeria and if it did, its impact would be devastating considering that the country has neither the capacity nor the skilled medical personnel to tackle the challenge, adding that the situation would be more challenging due to adequate infrastructure and standard hospitals.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja, Ekechi observed that with deficiencies in the health sector, coupled with insurgency, banditry and other socio-political and economic drawbacks including the global oil crash, Nigeria may wake up one day to see a disappearing population and advised state governments to follow suit.


He further called on the government to ban all Public Gatherings of 50 people and above, including Church and Mosque worship places, crusades, rallies of all kinds, birthday parties, burials, and ban all non-essential government-sponsored activities like seminars, workshops and external trips, among others.

Ekechi argued that the global threat now posed by coronavirus was no longer an monir issue, adding that the discourse on this earthshaking disease was in multiple times more than the weather in Europe, dissected in dozens more than terrorism in America and more than corruption and poverty in Asia and Africa.


“In all the countries and continents, practical, effective and well-coordinated measures have been put in place to provide thorough counter poise in the fight against coronavirus.

“China, with its commendable heights, advancement in science and technology, as well as it heroics in medicine, has been struggling to curb COROVID-19 challenge. America is almost in a state of unprecedented panic and Italy is locked down!

“If coronavirus can poke China in the face, rattle America, dislocate Iran, forces Italy to a humiliating and gruesome lockdown, in spite of their great feats in modernity, which includes well organised urbanisation, highly structured dwelling places, infrastructure assets and responsive public service culture, you can imagine the huge devastation coronavirus will cause, if it is allowed to thrust its notorious tentacles in Nigeria,” he stated.


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COVID-19: Trump test Negative – White House.


President Donald Trump has tested negative for coronavirus, the White House has announced.

The news comes just hours after Trump revealed during a Saturday press briefing at the White House that he took the test on Friday amid concerns about his exposure to several people who have been infected for the virus.


“Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed,” according to the statement about the results released by press secretary Stephanie Grisham with Trump’s permission. “One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free. I have been in daily contact with the CDC and White House Coronavirus Task Force, and we are encouraging the implementation of all their best practices for exposure reduction and transmission mitigation.”


Trump’s decision to take the test comes after he said he was concerned about his close contact with the press secretary for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Brazil’s chargé d’affaires in Washington who both tested positive for coronavirus days after they met with Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

The US has more than 2,826 confirmed cases, with 58 deaths from coronavirus.

President Trump has since declared a national state of emergency to release $50bn (£40bn) to fight the spread of the virus, while the UK and Ireland have also been added to the already existing European travel restrictions.


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COVID-19: Trump reveals that he has taken test.


President Donald Trump has revealed that he has taken a coronavirus test after he was in close contact with two lawmakers who are now self-quarantining after they got closer to someone with the virus.

The lawmakers, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, recently quarantined themselves after they were in close proximity to someone at a conservative conference, who has since been diagnosed with the coronavirus.


It was later revealed Collins shook hands with Trump during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, while Gaetz rode in the presidential limousine before riding on Air Force One with the President on Monday.

Speaking at a press briefing at the White House on Saturday morning, Trump revealed he took the test on Friday night but doesn’t know the results yet as it usually takes 1-2 days.


He also disclosed that he had his temperature taken and later when asked how it was, he said it was normal.

On Thursday, Fabio Wajngarten, a top communications aide to President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, tested positive after accompanying Bolsonaro to Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and posing for a photo with the president and Vice President Mike Pence.

After his meeting, Donald Trump hosted a dinner for Mr. Bolsonaro and his aides. Mr. Wajngarten also stopped by the birthday party of Kimberly Guilfoyle, an adviser to Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign and the girlfriend of his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., a campaign aide said.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his son Eduardo Bolsonaro, who also traveled to the US with him, have been tested for coronavirus, and they claimed the results were negative after it was initially reported to be positive.


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COVID-19: Trump declares Sunday ‘National Day Of Prayer’.


US President Donald Trump has declared Sunday, March 15, 2020, as a ‘National Day of Prayer’ to seek God’s face and strength in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The POTUS encouraged all citizens of the United States to pray, believing that the nation and by extension, the world, would overcome the ravaging COVID-19.


He said, “It is my great honour to declare Sunday, March 15th as a National Day of Prayer. We are a country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these.

“No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily prevail.”

The 73-year-old president also said he had taken a Coronavirus test and that results were expected in a day or two.

Fifty-one Americans have died from the novel coronavirus, according to a tally by John Hopkins University, as the pandemic has claimed more than 5,700 lives in some 137 countries.


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COVID-19: Man in his 60s died in UK.


A man in his 60s has become the third person in the UK to die after testing positive for coronavirus.

The man, who had “significant” underlying health problems, died at North Manchester General Hospital, NHS England said.


He had recently returned from Italy.

It comes after UK cases rose to 273, up from 209 on Saturday – the biggest rise yet.

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Pastor jailed for raping women in spiritual bath.


Michael Oluronbi, originally from Nigeria and living in Birmingham, was found guilty of rape against six women and a man in January, actions described by a judge as “one of the worst cases of sexual abuse of multiple children to come before the courts”.


The feared’ evangelical pastor who used his trusted position to abuse children and adults over 20 years has been jailed for 34 years according to Daily Mail.

Some of his offences were carried out after he convinced victims, five of whom attended his church, to take part in ‘spiritual bathing’, which he claimed would ‘cleanse’ them of evil spirits.


During the trial at Birmingham Crown Court, a jury heard that some of his young female victims became pregnant multiple times but were taken to abortion clinics by qualified pharmacist Oluronbi, to cover up what was happening.

He was convicted of 15 counts of rape, seven counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault – as his sentencing hearing heard there were at least 88 separate occasions on which he raped his victims.


The 60-year-old’s wife Juliana was jailed for 11 years after being found guilty of three counts of aiding and abetting rape after helping arrange some of the terminations.

Sentencing ‘arrogant’ Oluronbi on Friday, Judge Buckingham said:


You claimed that God was instructing you to conduct holy baths. Its real purpose was to fulfil your insatiable sexual appetite. The children feared you and this enables you to continue your grip. Your offending has had an extreme and severe impact on all of your complainants. Any attempt to suggest otherwise would be without foundation. You abused your position of trust, they trusted you like God. You did this because you are an arrogant, selfish and vain man. In my judgment, your offending must be one of the worst cases of sexual abuse of multiple children to come before the courts.

The religious leader was brought to justice after one of his victims, now an adult, came forward.

When eventually confronted about his offenses, Oluronbi said ‘the devil made me do it’.

In statements read to the court by the prosecution, one of the victims said the defendant’s actions made her question if her life was worth living.


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COVID-19: Togo admit first case


Togo on Friday confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus after a 42-year-old woman tested positive following her return from a trip to Benin, Germany, France, and Turkey.

The presidency in the West African nation of eight million people said the patient, who lives in the capital Lome with her family, was “currently isolated in a treatment center for infectious diseases” after testing positive on Thursday.


“From February 22 to March 2, 2020, she visited Benin, Germany, France, and Turkey before returning to Togo via the land border with Benin,” the presidency said in a statement.

It said all people who had contact with the patient in the country “have been identified and put in quarantine.”

In sub-Saharan Africa, Senegal has registered four cases, all foreign nationals, and South Africa, Nigeria and Cameroon have one case each since the outbreak emerged in December in China.


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COVID-19: Buhari releases N620m to fight virus.


The Federal government has released N620 million for the fight against coronavirus.

Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, in a statement released on Friday March 6th, said the approval and release of the funds by President Buhari was based on emergency.

She said the first tranche of N364 million was earlier released, making a total of N984 million released to tackle the spread of the virus in the country.


“The approval by President Muhammadu Buhari for the release of funds to tackle COVID-19 was an emergency and the process of releasing the fund was also an emergency as it was an unexpected expenditure,” the statement read.

“However, the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning had released the first tranche of N364 million sometime ago and the process of releasing the second tranche has been concluded with the release of N620 million this morning, bringing total release to N984 million.

President Muhammadu Buhari

“Responding to a media enquiry yesterday, the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, promised that the second tranche of the needed fund would be released today, which has been done, keeping to the promise.” she said

Nigeria recorded its first case of the virus on February 24th.


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Pastor Beg Trump To Save Nigerians


Senior Pastor Adewale Giwa of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ Ministry released a three-page letter to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, asking him to save Nigeria from President Muhammadu Buhari and Boko Haram.


The open letter is a response to the Boko Haram rehabilitation agency bill being sponsored at the National Assembly. The pastor alleged that Boko Haram has enriched some people by the millions paid by the Nigerian government as ransom.

He added that it is no longer news that terrorism has become a lucrative business under the leadership of Buhari, as according to him ”repentant Boko Haram members” are being treated like kings by the federal government.


“These terrorist members are being tagged” Repentant Boko Haram Members”, and the Federal Government is now treating them like kings,” he said.

“I want to first commend Mr. President for fulfilling the promises he made to the great people of America. I could recall that Your Excellency promised to protect the citizens of this country during the election campaigns, and you are doing just that. Not only this, the economy of this great nation under your leadership has improved tremendously.


“I had served both the United States Department and the United Nations as a foreign journalist, and I can boldly describe President Trump as a God-fearing politician. It is important to add my voice to the security challenges currently facing Nigeria, the most populous among African nations.

“Having said this, the good people of Nigeria, especially Christians have continued to pray for God’s intervention against terrorism in Nigeria, but it seems that the more we pray the more the activities of the deadly group, known as Boko Haram persist due to inability of the government under President Muhammadu Buhari to do the needful.


“Sir, Nigeria has been ravaged by terrorist activities which has made the country unsafe for Nigerians and foreigners. Founded by late Mohammed Yusuf in 2002, the terrorist group was later hijacked by one Abubakar Shekau in 2009. When the group first formed, its actions were nonviolent. Their main goal was to purify Islam in Northern Nigeria.

“In 2015, the group aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq. Boko Haram has since killed thousands of people in Nigeria, and the group continues to kill on a daily basis. Instead of President Buhari to use proactive measures to defeat the deadly group, rather, his administration continues to negotiate with Boko Haram.


“Boko Haram is enriching itself via the millions of dollars thus far paid to it by the Nigerian government in the form of ransom payments. It is no longer news that terrorism has become a lucrative business under the leadership of Mr. Buhari. The approach of the Nigerian government in handling the issue of Boko Haram with levity has further given the group power to continue with its nefarious activities,” Giwa’s letter made available to media read

He said that Nigerians were now living in fear of Boko Haram and other terrorist groups like ISIS, the Taliban, AI- Qaeda and Miyetti Allah, known as ‘Herdsmen’.


“Presently, the Nigerian Senate under the leadership of President Buhari’s Political Party, APC, is proposing to establish an agency that could further take good care of them. A few weeks into the new year, precisely on January 19, the Islamic group released a video of a child who looked to be around 10 years old executing a Christian man in Borno, Nigeria. As if it was not enough, a few days later, on January 22, a Nigerian Pastor, Rev. Lawan Andimi, was beheaded by Boko Haram Militants.

“Boko Haram has split into two main factions. One faction remains aligned with Abubakar Shekau and appears to be centered in the Sambisa forest near Maiduguri, Borno State’s regional capital, and extends into Cameroon.


“The other, often referred to as the Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP, was until recently commanded by Mohammed Yusuf’s son, Abu Musab al-Barnawi and officially sanctioned by the Islamic State.

“ISWAP reportedly commands up to 5,000 fighters, three times that of Shekau’s faction, and its operations are centered around Lake Chad. The evidence suggests that Boko Haram has recently focused more of its attacks on state targets. In 2015, three-quarters of Boko Haram attacks targeted civilians, according to data from the Nigeria Security Tracker.


“Today, Boko Haram appears to be on the rise again as it continues to kill the innocent Nigerians consistently. The group’s resilience, in particular the effectiveness of its attacks against security forces, has taken a toll on morale and rattled the Nigerian government. In 2018, Boko Haram killed 459 members of Nigeria’s state security forces, exceeding its previous total of 450 in 2014. Through November 2019, it caused more than 750 state casualties.

“Between January and February 23 this year, Boko Haram has killed more than 200 people in the Northeast of Nigeria. In the past five years, more than five thousand Nigerian Christians have been killed for their faith. There is another extremist group operating across the states in Nigeria that is just as deadly as Boko Haram. Every day, hundreds of Nigerian Christians are being assaulted, tortured and killed by Fulani extremists.


“One could have thought that President Buhari, being a former General in the army could be able to defeat these groups, but all he keeps promising Nigeria is to exercise patience while Boko Haram continues to kill the people of Nigeria. February 19 this year makes Leah Sharibu two years in Boko Haram captivity. The 16-year old girl was abducted, along with 109 others by Boko Haram in February 2018.

“Leah Sharibu was attending class with her colleagues at the Government Girls Science and Technical School in Dapchi, Yobe State, Nigeria when the Islamic terrorists stormed the place and whisked them away. In the process, five of the girls died. 105 students were taken away, including Leah. After paying the ransom, the group released 104 students while Leah remains captive. She is being held captive for refusing to renounce her Christian faith in exchange for freedom.


“The Scripture says in Proverbs 17:13 that,” Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house,”. President Buhari’s government is rewarding evil for good and the group continues to kill innocent Nigerians.

“Mr. President, it is now glaring that Nigeria’s situation has gone beyond prayers, but all we need now is to cry out for help since our government has failed us. It is evident that Boko Haram has overpowered Buhari and his security personnel. We can no longer fold our arms and watch our people being killed. The deadly group has grown wings under the administration of Mr. Buhari.

“The citizens of Nigeria can no longer sleep with their eyes closed. This development has informed some regions in Nigeria to establish their security outfits, yet the situation is getting out of hand.

“Sir, I write to beg you on behalf of the good people of Nigeria to save us from these terrorist groups. America remains a great nation to solicit help from in this difficult situation that we are experiencing in Nigeria. I hope that Your Excellency will do everything possible to rescue the good citizens of Nigeria from Boko Haram and other terrorist groups that have taken over Nigeria,” he wrote.


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