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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 221 cases; total cases nears 57,000.

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Nigeria reports 221 cases of COVID-19 as total infections hit 56,956.

Lagos reports highest cases of 59, follows by Abia state with 46 an Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with 22 cases.

Ogun state and Osun ties with 3 cases each as Bayelsa, Edo and Kano State reports lowest cases of 1 each.

Fresh cases of 221 was reported by eighteen states in Nigeria.

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221 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-59
Abia-46
FCT-22
Gombe-20
Plateau-17
Rivers-11
Bauchi-7
Benue-6
Ekiti-6
Imo-6
Kaduna-4
Kwara-4
Ondo-4
Ogun-3
Osun-3
Bayelsa-1
Edo-1
Kano-1

56,956 confirmed
48,305 discharged
1,094 deaths


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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 131 cases

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Nigeria reports 131 fresh COVID-19 cases as total deaths toll hit 1,093; total recoveries crosses 48,000.

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131 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-45
Kaduna-17
Plateau-17
FCT-16
Delta-6
Niger-6
Kwara-5
Oyo-3
Akwa Ibom-2
Cross River-2
Ekiti-2
Enugu-2
Osun-2
Sokoto-2
Bauchi-1
Ebonyi-1
Katsina-1
Rivers-1

56,735 confirmed
48,092 discharged
1,093 deaths


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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 126 cases; 3 deaths.

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Nigeria reports 126 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 1,091.

Total cases hit over 56,600 and close to 48,000 recoveries. The fresh cases of 126 was recorded by 16 states in Nigeria.

FCT leads with 37 cases, followed by Lagos with 27 cases, next is plateau with 16 cases.

Kwara, Oyo, Delta and Ekiti ties with 2 cases each as Bauchi, Yobe, Kano, Ogun and Katsina reports least case of 1 each.

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126 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

FCT-37
Lagos-27
Plateau-16
Kaduna-9
Abia-7
Gombe-6
Ondo-6
Imo-5
Delta-2
Ekiti-2
Kwara-2
Oyo-2
Bauchi-1
Kano-1
Katsina-1
Ogun-1
Yobe-1

56,604 confirmed
47,872 discharged
1,091 deaths


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Intercountry flights ‘take off’ in Angola again.

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The Runways are Ready
Ready for takeoff, commercial flights in Angola which resumed this week following their suspension in early March at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic — with only domestic flights available for booking as of now.

The first highly anticipated roundtrip flight between Luanda and Cabinda on Monday was surrounded by confusion at the airport with more passengers as there were seats.

Nevertheless, domestic flights will continue with a round trip to Soyo, in Zaire province on Wednesday and a two-way connection between the capital city and Huambo on Thursday.

International flights are scheduled to operate next Monday.

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National Progress
This marks a huge step towards economic recovery that also coincides with a rise in the country’s coronavirus testing capacity as for the first time more than 1,800 tests were carried out in a single day — as reported by officials on Tuesday.

Tests that resulted in the confirmation of 51 new infections which sees the national caseload at nearly 3,500 with 136 deaths since the start of the global coronavirus health crisis.

A situation to which the newly opened Walter Strangway hospital unveiled this week by President João Lourenço, in Cuito, the capital of the province of Bié, will now be able to provide assistance.

Along with several other medical specialities available at this new hospital in the centre of Angola — such as dialysis procedures undergone by the first patients on Monday.


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COVID-19: Vaccines could be ready in ‘a month’ – Trump

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United States President Donald Trump said Tuesday that a coronavirus vaccine may be available within a month — an acceleration of even his own optimistic predictions — but added that the pandemic could go away by itself.

“We’re very close to having a vaccine,” he told a town hall question-and-answer session with voters in Pennsylvania aired on ABC News.

“We’re within weeks of getting it you know — could be three weeks, four weeks,” he said.

Only hours earlier, speaking to Fox News, Trump had said a vaccine could come in “four weeks, it could be eight weeks.”

Democrats have expressed concern that Trump is putting political pressure on government health regulators and scientists to approve a rushed vaccine in time to help turn around his uphill bid for reelection against challenger Joe Biden on November 3.

Experts including top US government infectious diseases doctor Anthony Fauci say vaccine approval is more likely toward the end of the year.

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At the ABC town hall Trump was asked why he’d downplayed the gravity of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has now killed close to 200,000 people in the US.

Trump replied by saying: “I didn’t downplay it. I actually, in many ways, I up-played it in terms of action.”

US President Donald Trump poses with ABC New anchor George Stephanopoulos ahead of a town hall event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 15, 2020. MANDEL NGAN / AFP

But Trump himself told journalist Bob Woodward during taped interviews for the new book “Rage” — published Tuesday — that he had deliberately decided to “play it down” to avoid alarming Americans.

‘Herd mentality’
Returning to one of his most controversial views on the virus, that has ravaged the economy and which government scientists say will remain a danger for some time, Trump insisted “it is going to disappear.”

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“It would go away without the vaccine but it’s going to go away a lot faster with it,” he said.

Challenged about how the virus would go away by itself, he said “you’ll develop like a herd mentality,” apparently meaning the concept of herd immunity, when enough people have developed resistance to the disease to effectively stop transmission.

“It’s going to be herd developed and that’s going to happen. That will all happen but with a vaccine, I think it will go away very quickly. But I really believe we’re rounding the corner,” he said.

The president, who is rarely seen wearing a mask in public and long refused to push Americans to adopt the habit, said “a lot of people don’t want to wear masks and people don’t think masks are good.”

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Asked what people he meant, Trump answered: “Waiters.”

“They come over and they serve you and they have a mask,” he said. “I saw it the other day when they were serving me and they’re playing with the mask. I’m not blaming them. I’m just saying what happens: They’re playing with the mask. So the mask is over, and they’re touching it, and then they’re touching the plate, and that can’t be good.”

Polls show that a majority of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of the health crisis.

The latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Tracking poll Tuesday found that 52 percent of adults do not trust Trump’s statements about an upcoming coronavirus vaccine, compared to 26 percent who do.


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COVID-19: 90 new cases; death toll stands at 1,088 in

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Nigeria reports 90 cases of famous pandemic.

Lagos reports 33 new cases followed by plateau with 27 and kaduna with 17.

Ogun records 6 cases as Abuja reports 4. Ekiti, Anambra and Nasarawa reports 1 case each.

Total cases of 90 was reported by 8 states in Nigeria

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90 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-33
Plateau-27
Kaduna-17
Ogun-6
FCT-4
Anambra-1
Ekiti-1
Nasarawa-1

56,478 confirmed
44,430 discharged
1,088 deaths


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COVID-19: Nigeria marks 132 cases; total deaths hit 1,083.

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Nigeria reports 132 fresh cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hits 1,083.

Lagos leads with 52 cases, seconder, Gombe with 27 cases followed by plateau worth 17 cases.

The new 132 cases was reported by 11 states in Nigeria as total recoveries hit 44,337.

Ekiti state records 2 cases as Bauchi, Osun and Rivers State report lowest of 1 cases each.

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132 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-52
Gombe-27
Plateau-17
Kwara-10
Enugu-9
Ogun-9
Katsina-3
Ekiti-2
Bauchi-1
Osun-1
Rivers-1

56,388 confirmed
44,337 discharged
1,083 deaths


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COVID-19: Nigeria records 79 lowest cases since April

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Nigeria reports 79 lowest covid-19 cases since April when virus surge greatly.

13 states contributes in the 79 fresh cases reported in Nigeria.

Lagos state reports highest cases of 30 seconded by kaduna with 17 cases followed by Ogin state, 7.

Delta, plateau and Ondo records lowest cases of 1.

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79 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-30
Kaduna-17
Ogun-7
Anambra-5
Kano-4
Katsina-3
FCT-3
Akwa Ibom-3
Oyo-2
Rivers-2
Delta-1
Plateau-1
Ondo-1

56,256 confirmed
44,152 discharged
1,082 deaths


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Breaking: Diego Simeonie tests ‘Positive’ for COVID-19

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Spanish football club Atletico Madrid’s manager Diego Simeone tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the club announced on Saturday.


“Our coach, Diego Pablo Simeone, has tested positive for COVID in the last tests carried out yesterday; He is asymptomatic, fulfilling the corresponding quarantine at his home”, Atletico said on its website.

Simeone, 50, took the helm of Atletico Madrid in 2012 and helped his team claim two UEFA Europa League titles and as many UEFA Super Cup trophies.


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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 160 cases

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Nigeria reports 160 fresh COVID-19 cases.

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160 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

FCT-39
Plateau-39
Lagos-30
Kaduna-23
Katsina-7
Rivers-6
Oyo-6
Yobe-3
Benue-3
Bayelsa-1
Abia-1
Edo-1
Ekiti-1

56,177 confirmed
44,088 discharged
1,078 deaths


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COVID-19: One death case as Nigeria report 188 cases.

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Nigeria reports 188 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 176. Total infections crosses 56,000 benchmark.

19 States in Nigeria had report the 188 COVID-19 cases as total recoveries hit 43,998.

Lagos state leads by 47 cases followed by Enugu which has 25 cases and next,, Plateau with 21 cases.

Edo, Oyo and Kwara tied with 3 cases each as Yobe and Rivers State reports least number of 2 each.

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188 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-47
Enugu-25
Plateau-21
FCT-14
Abia-11
Delta-10
Bauchi-8
Ondo-8
Kaduna-8
Ogun-6
Imo-5
Benue-4
Katsina-4
Taraba-4
Edo-3
Kwara-3
Oyo-3
Rivers-2
Yobe-2

56,017 confirmed
43,998 discharged
1,076 deaths


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COVID-19: Fresh cases of 197; deaths toll hit 1,075

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Nigeria reports 197 fresh cases of COVID-19 pandemic as total death toll hit 1,075.

Plateau reports highest cases of 83 followed by Lagos with 48 cases and Kaduna – 17.

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197 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

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Lagos-48
Kaduna-17
FCT-16
Ogun-11
Katsina-7
Imo-4
Edo-3
Nasarawa-3
Rivers-2
Bayelsa-1
Oyo-1
Osun-1

55,829 confirmed
43,810 discharged
1,075 deaths


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[Nigeria] Resident doctors suspends strike after agreement with FG.

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The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended the nationwide industrial action.

Dr Aliyu Sokumba who is the President of NARD confirmed this to Media known to Noble Reporters Media

Dr Sokumba disclosed that the union will review the progress made in talks with the Federal Government in two weeks.

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On Wednesday, the Federal Government and the doctors reached an agreement in a bid to end the industrial action.

During the meeting which almost took the entire day, NARD had disclosed that it will liaise with the executive council with a view to calling off the strike.

Both parties had been in talks to resolve the issues which led to NARD declaring an end to the country-wide strike.

After the meeting, the Federal said an additional N8.9 billion has been approved to pay up a large chunk of the June 2020 COVID-19 allowance to all health workers across the nation,

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This was revealed by Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Ngige stated that the implementation of the payment of the Special Hazard and Inducement Allowance has been concluded, stressing that this has been cash-backed and the mandate sent to the Central Bank of Nigeria for payments to start with effect from September 9.

According to him, this will bring the total disbursement to about N288 billion.

The doctors embarked on the strike to resolve issues bothering on group life insurance for doctors and other health care workers, payment of death-in-service benefit to next of kin/beneficiaries, universal implementation of the medical Residency Training Act in all Federal and state hospitals, immediate review of the hazard allowance of healthcare workers and payment of the COVID-19 inducement allowance.


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COVID-19: Fresh cases of 176; total death toll hit 1,070 in Nigeria

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Nigeria reports 176 fresh COVID-19 cases as total infections nears 56,000.

Seventeen States in Nigeria reports the 176 fresh COVID-19 cases.

After long time of staying behind, Federal Capital Territory took the lead with 40 cases, followed by Lagos State with 34 cases and Plateau state with 26 cases this time.

Kwara, Rivers, Adamawa and Nasarawa state ties with 2 cases and Edo, Osun and Bauchi state reports the least cases of 1 each.

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176 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

FCT-40
Lagos-34
Plateau-26
Enugu-14
Delta-12
Ogun-12
Ondo-9
Oyo-8
Ekiti-6
Ebonyi-4
Adamawa-2
Nasarawa-2
Kwara-2
Rivers-2
Edo-1
Osun-1
Bauchi-1

55,632 confirmed
43,610 discharged
1,070 deaths


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[United States] Trump admits underestimating COVID-19 dangers.

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President Donald Trump admits he tried to minimize the lethal threat of the coronavirus at the outset of the pandemic in audio recordings released Wednesday from interviews with veteran US journalist Bob Woodward.

“I wanted to always play it down,” Trump said in an interview with Woodward on March 19, according to a Media preview of the book “Rage,” due to be published September 15.

“I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic,” he said in the conversation with Woodward, which was recorded.

By contrast, in earlier interviews with Woodward, he made clear he understood well that the virus was “deadly stuff” — far more dangerous than the ordinary flu.

In public, however, Trump had been repeatedly telling Americans that the virus should not be considered much of a danger and would “disappear” by itself.

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The frank admission that he decided to diminish the severity of the easily transmittable disease — right as it began to tear through the world’s richest country — brought instant condemnation from Trump’s opponents.

“He knew how deadly it was,” Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden said while campaigning in Michigan. “He lied to the American people. He knowingly and willingly lied about the threat it posed to the country for months.”

“It was a life and death betrayal of the American people,” Biden added.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that Trump’s only motivation in downplaying the dangers had been to reassure the public.

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“It’s important to express confidence, it’s important to express calm,” she said. “The president has never lied to the American public on Covid.”

Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert and member of the White House task force on Covid-19, said he did not get the sense the president had distorted concerns.

“In my discussions with him, they were always straightforward about the concerns that we had… When he would go out, I’d hear him discussing the same sort of things,” Fauci told Fox News correspondent John Roberts Wednesday.

Often the president wanted to keep the country from getting “down and out,” Fauci said. But he added: “I don’t recall anything that was any gross distortion in things that I spoke to him about.”

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  • Mixed messages –
    The US death toll from Covid-19 is expected soon to pass 200,000, looming heavily over the November 3 presidential election in which Trump is currently behind in the polls.

The president has repeatedly insisted that he has managed the pandemic successfully, pointing to his early decisions to ban travel from China, where the virus first appeared, and from hotspots in Europe.

However, opinion polls show some two-thirds of Americans disapprove of Trump’s actions.

At minimum, Trump long delivered mixed messages at a time when the country was looking for guidance. He veered from declaring himself the equivalent of a war-time president to contradicting government scientists and calling for an early reopening of the economy.

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It took until July before Trump even wore a face mask in public. Early on, he also frequently praised the Chinese government’s response, only later pivoting to blame Beijing for the global health crisis.

In February — well after he had been briefed by advisors on the dangers posed by the coronavirus — he said that the virus might go away by April “with the heat.”

In March, he described the government’s “tremendous control over” the situation and said “It will go away. Just stay calm.”

That same month, Trump compared the coronavirus to the common flu, which he noted kills “between 27,000 and 70,000 per year” yet “nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on.”


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COVID-19: There may be vaccines delay amid tests setback – Mexico

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The Latin American roll-out of a potential COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca could be set back after the biotech company announced a pause in tests, the government of Mexico, which is involved in developing the drug alongside Argentina, said Tuesday.

AstraZeneca, which is working on a vaccine in conjunction with Oxford University, said that a volunteer had developed an undiagnosed illness and that, in line with security protocols, it was delaying further tests until an independent panel had studied the case.

Pausing vaccine trials “is not an unusual occurrence… and as a consequence the vaccine’s arrival may be delayed” across the region, said Hugo Lopez Gatell, Mexico’s undersecretary for health, at a press conference on the latest development.

Gatell asked that people avoid speculation about the safety of the vaccine, especially given that it is considered to be one of the most promising projects under development in the western world.

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Mexico and Argentina have signed an agreement to work together with the Swedish-British pharmaceutical company.

Under the plan, some 250 million doses of the vaccine would be sold at cost across Latin America, with the exception of Brazil, which has its own agreements.

Mexico will also work with other labs in Europe, China and Russia in vaccine development projects, although AstraZeneca is the only one that has guaranteed distribution across Latin America.

With a population of almost 129 million people, Mexico had suffered 68,484 fatalities from the virus by Tuesday, with 642,860 cases of Covid-19


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