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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 324 new cases

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As the global stigma of COVID-19 gradually reduces, NCDC alleges smooth and close recoveries to total infections in Nigeria.

Nigeria reports 324 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 1,179.

The Nation have since April, 2020 suffered over 68,000 cases as total infections hit 68,627 and total recoveries and discharge stands at 64,467.

Lagos, FCT & Kaduna reports highest cases of 115, 110 & 57 respectively as Rivers State reports lowest case(s) of 3.

Newest cases of 324 was reported from 11 states.

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324 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-115
FCT-110
Kaduna-57
Taraba-9
Akwa Ibom-8
Plateau-6
Bauchi-4
Ekiti-4
Kano-4
Katsina-4
Rivers-3

68,627 confirmed
64,467 discharged
1,179 deaths

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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 343 new cases; 2 deaths

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As the global stigma of COVID-19 gradually reduces, NCDC alleges smooth and close recoveries to total infections in Nigeria.

Nigeria reports 343 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 1,179.

The Nation have since April, 2020 suffered over 68,000 cases as total infections hit 68,303 and total recoveries and discharge stands at 64,291.

FCT, Lagos & Kaduna reports highest cases of 123, 106 & 72 respectively as Akwa Ibom & Kano State reports lowest case(s) of 1 each.

Newest cases of 343 was reported from 14 states.

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343 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

FCT-123
Lagos-106
Kaduna-72
Nasarawa-14
Rivers-5
Bauchi-4
Imo-4
Ogun-4
Ekiti-3
Edo-2
Oyo-2
Plateau-2
Akwa Ibom-1
Kano-1

68,303 confirmed
64,291 discharged
1,179 deaths

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COVID-19: FMR French President, Valery Giscard dies at 94.

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After losing his legislative seat, he ended his active political career in 2004.

Former French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing, a leading advocate of European integration who led his country into a new modern era, has died of Covid-19, his family said. He was 94.

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Giscard, who had been in the hospital several times in recent months for heart problems, died late Wednesday “surrounded by his family” at the family home in the Loire region.

“His state of health had worsened and he died as a consequence of Covid-19,” the family said in a statement sent to AFP, adding that his funeral would be strictly private, according to his wishes.

French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to his predecessor, saying Giscard’s seven-year term had “transformed France”.

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“His death has plunged the French nation into mourning”, Macron said, describing Giscard as “a servant of the state, a politician of progress and freedom”.

Giscard made one of his last public appearances on September 30 last year for the funeral of another former president, Jacques Chirac, who had been his prime minister.

He became the 20th century’s youngest president at 48 when in 1974 he beat his Socialist rival Francois Mitterrand, to whom he then lost after his seven-year term in 1981 in a failed re-election bid.

His presidency marked a clear break from the Gaullist conservatism of postwar France, which had been dominated by Charles de Gaulle and his successor Georges Pompidou.

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In France, he is remembered for his radical reform drive, which included the legalisation of abortion, the liberalisation of divorce and the lowering of the voting age to 18.

In Europe, he helped drive moves towards a monetary union, in close cooperation with his German counterpart chancellor Helmut Schmidt, with whom he became friends and whose leadership years almost overlapped with his own.

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Together they launched the European Monetary System (EMS), a precursor of today’s single currency, the euro.

“For Valery Giscard d’Estaing, Europe was to be a French ambition and France a modern nation. Respect,” said Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator.

He “succeeded in modernising political life in France,” added former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, praising the “great intelligence” he used to master “even the most complex international problems”.

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Like Schmidt, Giscard was also a firm believer in strong ties with the US.

With his death, France “has lost a statesman who chose to open up to the world”, added Sarkozy’s Socialist successor Francois Hollande. He hailed a man who was “resolutely European” who helped strengthen Franco-German unity.

It was at Giscard’s initiative that leaders of the world’s richest countries first met in 1975, an event that evolved into the annual summits of the Group of Seven (G7) club.

‘A job unfinished’
With a more relaxed presidential-style than his predecessors, “VGE” was sometimes seen in public playing football or the accordion.

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He also hosted garbage collectors to breakfast and invited himself to dinner at the homes of ordinary citizens.

Giscard involved his family in his political appearances, had the blue and red of France’s “tricolore” flag toned down, and the Marseillaise national anthem slowed.

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Giscard was firmly part of the elite.

Tall and slender and with an elegant, aristocratic manner, he studied at France’s exclusive Ecole Polytechnique and the National Administration School.

Aged just 18, he joined the French resistance in World War II and took part in the liberation of Paris from its Nazi occupiers in 1944. He then served for eight months in Germany and Austria.

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He launched his political career in 1959, becoming finance minister in 1969.

After his defeat in 1981 — which he said left him with “frustration at a job unfinished” — he remained active in centrist politics, first regaining a seat in the French parliament and then serving in the European Parliament.

In 2001, he was selected by European leaders to lead work on the bloc’s constitutional treaty — which French voters then rejected.

The death of Mitterrand in 1996 followed by that of his successor Chirac in 2019 had left Giscard as France’s oldest surviving leader by far.

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In May 2020, French prosecutors opened an investigation after claims by a German reporter that he had repeatedly inappropriately touched her at his Paris office after an interview in 2018.

But Giscard strongly denied the allegations, describing them as “grotesque”.

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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 122 cases; one death

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As the global stigma of COVID-19 gradually reduces, NCDC alleges smooth and close recoveries to total infections in Nigeria.

Nigeria reports 122 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 1,177. NoRM reports

The Nation have since April, 2020 suffered over 67,000 cases as total infections hit 67,960 and total recoveries and discharge stands at 63,839.

Kaduna, Lagos & Plateau reports highest cases of 37, 29 & 25 respectively as Bauchi & Kano State reports lowest case(s) of 1 each.

Newest cases of 122 was reported from 11 states.

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122 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Kaduna-37
Lagos-29
Plateau-25
Ekiti-9
Rivers-5
Ogun-5
Edo-4
Kwara-4
Bayelsa-2
Bauchi-1
Kano-1

67,960 confirmed
63,839 discharged
1,177 deaths

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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 281 fresh cases; 3 deaths

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As the global stigma of COVID-19 gradually reduces, NCDC alleges smooth and close recoveries to total infections in Nigeria.

Nigeria reports 281 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 1,176.

The Nation have since April, 2020 suffered over 67,000 cases as total infections hit 67,838 and total recoveries and discharge stands at 63,430.

Lagos, FCT & Kaduna reports highest cases of 123, 64 & 38 respectively as Osun State reports lowest case(s) of 1 each.

Newest cases of 281 was reported from 13 states.

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281 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-123
FCT-64
Kaduna-38
Imo-15
Rivers-11
Plateau-8
Ogun-5
Bayelsa-4
Kwara-4
Bauchi-3
Edo-3
Kano-2
Osun-1

67,838 confirmed
63,430 discharged
1,176 deaths

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COVID-19: Eswatini PM moved to South Africa for treatment

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Formerly known as Swaziland, the kingdom has reported 6,419 coronavirus cases and 122 deaths among its population of 1.2 million people.

The prime minister of Eswatini, Africa’s last absolute monarchy, has been taken to neighbouring South Africa for treatment, more than two weeks after he contracted COVID-19, the government said Tuesday.

The country’s 52-year-old premier, Ambrose Dlamini, announced on November 16 that he had tested positive but that he felt well and was asymptomatic.

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But on Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku said Dlamini was “stable” and “responding well to treatment”.

“To guide and fast track the recovery, a decision has been taken that he be transferred to a South African hospital this afternoon,” Masuku announced in a statement.

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COVID-19: Gov’t inaugurates intervention grant for MSMEs

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The minister who was represented by Mr Adewale Bakare, Director, Industrial Development Department in the ministry, said the Transport Track targeted 4,505 beneficiaries in each state across the country

The Federal Government has inaugurated an intervention grant for micro transport operators under its Survival Fund for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to overcome challenges of COVID-19 pandemic.

Amb. Mariam Katagum, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, said in Abuja on Monday at the inauguration of the scheme known as ‘Transport Track’, that it was part of the Artisans and Transport Scheme.

Katagum, who is also the Chairperson, Programme Steering Committee, said the MSMEs Survival Fund and Guaranteed Offtake Schemes had five different tracks approved under the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) of the Federal Government.

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“This track, which is being launched today will give a one-off grant of N30, 000 each to qualified individuals operating in the transport sector.

Stakeholders at the inauguration of the Transport Track of the FG’s MSMEs Survival Fund on Monday in Abuja. Noble Reporters Media / NoRM

“These include: Ride share drivers, such as Uber, Bolt, etc., taxi drivers, bus drivers, ‘keke Napep’ riders, okada riders, cart pushers et cetera.

“Under the Transport Track, being launched today, applicants are encouraged to apply through their registered associations to be enumerated.

“Individuals who are members of associations but choose not to apply through their association can be enumerated but this ‘independent’ applicant will need proof of membership to be enumerated.

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“On this note, I urge Ride share drivers (Uber, Bolt, et cetera.) taxi drivers, bus drivers, Keke Napep riders, commercial motorcycle riders, cart pushers among others to take advantage of this scheme,” she said.

The minister said applicants would access the fund at no cost since the initiative was borne out of the Federal Government’s commitment to help cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.

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She, therefore, urged leaders of transport associations to mobilise their members to apply for the grant.

Katagum lauded MSMEs’ performances across the country and urged them to take full advantage of the scheme by applying for any category that suited their needs.

She said that although many Nigerians applied for the grant, there was need for improved awareness creation for MSMEs, especially those in the grassroots to key into it.

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“It is absolutely free, do not pay anyone to benefit, your money is N30,000 and it will go directly into your bank accounts.

“Let me emphasise that the government-approved all the schemes as grants, and as such, all applicants should not pay money to influence anything because no one can influence anything,” she said.

The minister explained that for an individual to be eligible, such a person must be a Nigerian, have a verifiable BVN, a transporter in the transport sector, belong to a transport association and get enumerated.

“To qualify for enumeration, all intending beneficiaries are expected to apply through their (registered) associations.

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“Individuals may walk up to our enumerators without routing through their association, but such an individual must have a valid proof of membership of the association he/she claims to belong to,” she added.

Noble Reporters Media (NoRM) reports that government functionaries and leaders of various transport operators’ associations were present at the event.

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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 145 fresh cases; no deaths

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As the global stigma of COVID-19 gradually reduces, NCDC alleges smooth and close recoveries to total infections in Nigeria.

Nigeria reports 145 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 1,173.

The Nation have since April, 2020 suffered over 67,000 cases as total infections hit 67,557 and total recoveries and discharge stands at 63,282.

Lagos, FCT & Kaduna reports highest cases of 49, 34 & 34 respectively as Sokoto State reports lowest case(s) of 1.

Newest cases of 145 was reported from 8 states.

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145 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-49
FCT-34
Kaduna-34
Plateau-11
Oyo-7
Bayelsa-5
Taraba-4
Sokoto-1

67,557 confirmed
63,282 discharged
1,173 deaths

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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 82 fresh cases; 2 deaths

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As the global stigma of COVID-19 gradually reduces, NCDC alleges smooth and close recoveries to total infections in Nigeria.

Nigeria reports 82 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 1,173.

The Nation have since April, 2020 suffered over 67,000 cases as total infections hit 67,412 and total recoveries and discharge stands at 63,055.

Lagos, Rivers & Kwara reports highest cases of 48, 8 & 6 respectively as Plateau, Ogun, Kano & Osun State reports lowest case(s) of 1 each.

Newest cases of 82 was reported from 11 states.

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82 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-48
Rivers-8
Kwara-6
Yobe-6
Katsina-5
FCT-3
Nasarawa-2
Plateau-1
Ogun-1
Kano-1
Osun-1

67,412 confirmed
63,055 discharged
1,173 deaths

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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 110 fresh cases.

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As the global stigma of COVID-19 gradually reduces, NCDC alleges smooth and close recoveries to total infections in Nigeria.

Nigeria reports 110 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 1,171.

The Nation have since April, 2020 suffered over 67,000 cases as total infections hit 67,330 and total recoveries and discharge stands at 62,819.

Lagos, FCT & Kaduna reports highest cases of 26, 23 & 20 respectively as Niger State reports lowest case(s) of 2.

Newest cases of 110 was reported from 11 states.

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110 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-26
FCT-23
Kaduna-20
Katsina-11
Ogun-7
Ekiti-6
Plateau-5
Rivers-4
Kano-3
Nasarawa-3
Niger-2

67,330 confirmed
62,819 discharged
1,171 deaths

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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 246 cases; total death toll hit 1,171

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As the global stigma of COVID-19 gradually reduces, NCDC alleges smooth and close recoveries to total infections in Nigeria.

Nigeria reports 246 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 1,171.

The Nation have since April, 2020 suffered over 67,000 cases as total infections hit 67,220 and total recoveries and discharge stands at 62,686.

Lagos, FCT & Plateau reports highest cases of 81, 73 & 39 respectively as Ekiti, Taraba & Kano State reports lowest case(s) of 2 each.

Newest cases of 246 was reported from 10 states.

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246 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-81
FCT-73
Plateau-39
Kaduna-25
Ogun-13
Bauchi-5
Rivers-4
Ekiti-2
Taraba-2
Kano-2

67,220 confirmed
62,686 discharged
1,171 deaths

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COVID-19: Russia links with India for mass production of Sputnik V while Germany hit million cases

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France took the unusual step Thursday of allowing its winter sports resorts to stay open but ordering ski lifts to stay shut.

Germany, once a beacon of hope in Europe’s coronavirus nightmare, logged its one-millionth case on Friday, as Russia announced a partnership with India to mass-produce its controversial Sputnik vaccine.

Like much of Europe, Germany is battling a resurgence of a pandemic that is filling hospitals and forcing countries to shut down for business while they wait for help from a clutch of vaccines that could start rolling out for use next month.

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Some of the excitement about the new jabs dampened when Britain’s pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca admitted that further research was needed after a mixup in its third-stage trial.

But Russia unexpectedly stepped in with an announcement that an Indian generic drugmaker would start producing 100 million doses of its government-backed vaccine in early 2021.

Germany had largely contained the spread when the virus descended on Europe from China at the start of the year after first emerging in December in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

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Yet its careful approach failed to avert a second wave, imperilling the health of Europe’s biggest economy and dampening the mood heading into the winter holidays.

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute recorded more than 22,000 new daily cases on Friday, pushing the country’s total beyond the one million mark.

More worryingly, number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care soared from around 360 in early October to more than 3,500 last week.

It has shuttered restaurants, bars, sporting facilities and cultural venues, though schools and shops remain open.

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‘I won’t take it’
Globally, more than 1.4 million deaths and nearly 61 million infections have been recorded, according to a tally compiled by AFP from official sources.

Most countries hope to ease their virus rules for Christmas and New Year, allowing families a respite before bracing for what the world hopes is one last wave of restrictions until the new vaccines kick in.

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Russia’s proposed solution for the global health crisis has been shrouded in mystery and speculation.

It became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine in August, long before the candidate had undergone large-scale clinical trials.

Russia said this week that interim results showed Sputnik V — named after the pioneering Soviet satellite — was 95 percent effective, although crucial phase three trials are still underway.

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The importance of these large trials was underscored when AstraZeneca admitted that its candidate — developed jointly with the University of Oxford — proved to be most effective when younger people were given half a dose by mistake.

“We need to do an additional study,” AstraZeneca boss Pascal Soriot told Bloomberg.

One person not taking any of the vaccines approaching approval is Brazil’s populist President Jair Bolsonaro, who caught the virus after playing down its impact and refusing to wear a mask.

“I’m telling you, I won’t take it,” he said in a video posted to social media. “It is my right.”

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Black Friday
In the meantime much of the world faces a gloomy winter dampened by lockdowns, economic anxiety and mental strain.

Bulgaria allowed its stores to enjoy one last spurt of business on Black Friday — usually, the day shops are packed with people looking for holiday deals — before closing almost everything for three weeks shortly before midnight.

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“People have only just started returning in the past three days and now we’ll be shutting down for three weeks,” one Sofia restaurant owner lamented.

The mood was just as sour in the West Bank, where police in face masks set up roadblocks on the first day of new restrictions that included weekend curfews.

“I doubt the curfew will be fully respected,” said Amer Salamin, an accountant in Ramallah.

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Lockdown fatigue is spreading even as governments unfurl new measures to save healthcare systems from collapse.

Restaurant owners in Istanbul organised a protest after Turkey — hitting one-day records of 174 deaths and more than 29,000 infections on Thursday — switched to takeout and delivery service nationally.

Ski break debate
Nations are now trying to gauge how people, exhausted by one of the most traumatic years in generations, can enjoy a small holiday break without spreading the disease.

“Four hundred people on a Paris metro won’t get infected but four people on a ski lift will,” Jean-Luc Boch, the head of France’s Alpine mayors’ association, fumed.

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Playing it safe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for all EU resorts to be closed until January 10, making Switzerland — which is outside the bloc and is staying open — the go-to destination for ski fans.

“I am very bitter because I’m convinced the ski stations could reopen safely,” said Giovanni Brasso, a ski lift operator in the Italian Olympic village of Sestriere.

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Storyline: India slumps into worse economy recession ever

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The shutdown in the vast country of 1.3 billion people left huge numbers of people jobless almost overnight, including tens of millions of migrant workers in the shadow economy.

India’s economy contracted 7.5 percent between July and September, performing the poorest among major advanced and emerging economies and entering a technical recession for the first time since independence, official data showed Friday.

Although the figures were an improvement on the record 23.9-percent contraction recorded last quarter, they indicate that Asia’s third-largest economy is in for a tough fight as it attempts to revive demand and create jobs even as coronavirus infections climb.

The two successive quarters of contraction mean that the country has now entered a “technical recession” for the first time since 1947.

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After virus-led lockdowns ravaged the globe, the growth recorded by major economies including the United States, Japan and Germany during the quarter ending on September 30 raised expectations that India would also enjoy a revival.

But, while consumer businesses saw a boost due to increased spending in the run-up to the October-November festive season, hopes of a broader recovery were dashed, with the construction and hospitality sectors taking a hit.

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Farming continued to be a relatively bright spot, while manufacturing activity also increased during the July-September period after plunging nearly 40 percent during the previous quarter due to the lockdown.

New Delhi has struggled to kick-start an economy that is expected to shrink 9.5 percent this year, according to estimates released by India’s central bank governor Shaktikanta Das last month.

The International Monetary Fund has meanwhile predicted that India’s economy would contract by 10.3 percent this year, the biggest slump for any major emerging economy and the worst since independence.

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A report by Oxford Economics released earlier this month said that India would be the worst-affected economy even after the pandemic eases, stating that annual output would be 12 percent below pre-virus levels through 2025.

India’s economy had struggled to gain traction even before the pandemic, and the hit to global activity from the virus and one of the world’s strictest lockdowns combined to deal the country a severe blow.

The government has since been easing restrictions to revive activity, announcing two stimulus packages to offer farmers easier access to credit and dole out benefits to small-scale businesses.

The relaxation measures have been deployed even as the coronavirus continues to ravage the country, which has registered more than 9.3 million infections — second only to the United States — and over 135,000 deaths.

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In a speech Thursday, central bank governor Das warned that the recent surge in virus cases and the imminent threat of new lockdowns posed further risks to the economy.

“We need to be watchful about the sustainability of demand after the festivals and a possible reassessment of market expectations surrounding the vaccine,” Das said.

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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 169 cases as death toll stands at 1,169

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As the global stigma of COVID-19 gradually reduces, NCDC alleges smooth and close recoveries to total infections in Nigeria.

Nigeria reports 169 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 1,169.

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The Nation have since April, 2020 suffered over 66,000 cases as total infections hit 66,974 and total recoveries and discharge stands at 62,585.

Kaduna, FCT & Lagos reports highest cases of 74, 42 & 17 respectively as Delta, & Ondo State reports lowest case(s) of 1 each.

Newest cases of 169 was reported from 12 states.

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169 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Kaduna-74
FCT-42
Lagos-17
Kano-8
Ogun-6
Oyo-6
Rivers-6
Ekiti-3
Bauchi-3
Katsina-2
Delta-1
Ondo-1

66974 confirmed
62,585 discharged
1,169 deaths

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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 198 new cases; no death

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As the global stigma of COVID-19 gradually reduces, NCDC alleges smooth and close recoveries to total infections in Nigeria.

Nigeria reports 198 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 1,169.

The Nation have since April, 2020 suffered over 66,000 cases as total infections hit 66,805 and total recoveries and discharge stands at 62,493.

FCT, Lagos & Ogun reports highest cases of 53, 48 & 40 respectively as Edo & Kwara State reports lowest case(s) of 1 each.

Newest cases of 198 was reported from 13 states.

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198 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

FCT -53
Lagos-48
Ogun-40
Akwa Ibom-20
Bauchi-9
Plateau-8
Kaduna-5
Kano-4
Benue-3
Jigawa-3
Nasarawa-3
Edo-1
Kwara-1

66,805 confirmed
62,493 discharged
1,169 deaths

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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 168 cases; one death

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As the global stigma of COVID-19 gradually reduces, NCDC alleges smooth and close recoveries to total infections in Nigeria.

Nigeria reports 168 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 1,169.

The Nation have since April, 2020 suffered over 66,000 cases as total infections hit 66,607 and total recoveries and discharge stands at 62,311.

FCT, Lagos & Kaduna reports highest cases of 61, 50 & 27 respectively as Edo & Kano State reports lowest case(s) of 1 each.

Newest cases of 168 was reported from 10 states.

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168 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

FCT-61
Lagos-50
Kaduna-27
Oyo-12
Rivers-6
Katsina-5
Ogun-3
Kwara-2
Edo-1
Kano-1

66,607 confirmed
62,311 discharged
1,169 deaths

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