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101-year-old grandpa survives COVID-19 after 14 days battle.

uk’s oldest person to survive COVID-19


A 101-year-old grandfather has become the oldest person in the country to beat coronavirus after a two-week battle with the deadly illness.

Keith Watson, who was being treated at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcestershire, was discharged earlier today.


It comes as the latest figures show there are currently 65,077 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK with a death toll of 7,978.

The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust shared a picture on Facebook which showed Keith giving a thumbs up surrounded by smiling nurses.


It was posted alongside the caption: ‘This is Keith, he’s 101 years old.

‘He went home today after beating coronavirus.


‘Well done to everyone on Ward 12 at the Alexandra Hospital for looking after Keith so well for the past two weeks!’

Keith’s grandson, Benjamin Watson, later shared the post to his own social media and said: ‘My wonderful Grandad at 101 contracting coronavirus and beating it. What an absolute trooper!


‘Thank you to everyone at the NHS. Can’t wait to see him when this is all over x’.

Elderly people are among the worst affected by the outbreak with 27 per cent of over-80s needing hospital treatment.


Rita Reynolds, 99, from the Isle of Man, was previously believed to be the UK’s oldest person to recover from Covid-19.

Luke Serrell, a volunteer ambulance driver who took Keith home, said: ‘I volunteered to transport positive patients in our ambulance as there is a lot that are beating the virus and want to go home.’

‘I feel honoured to be doing this as there is so much going on and it is great seeing the survivors of Covid-19 especially Keith as he is 101 and he is such a great bloke to chat to.

‘It is scary times but I’m proud to be on the front line helping.’


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COVID-19: Nigeria confirm 14 new infection as total cases hit 288.


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed 14 new coronavirus cases, bringing the number of infections in the country to 288, as announced via its Twitter handle on Thursday evening.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control tweeted, “14 new cases of #COVID-19 have been reported in Nigeria: 13 in Lagos State and one in Delta State.


“As of 09:30 pm on the 9th of April, there are 288 confirmed cases of #COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. 51 have been discharged with seven deaths.”

TopNaija earlier reported that governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the discharge of seven more COVID-19 patients from the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

This brings the number of patients discharged in Lagos to 39.


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COVID-19: Oyo extends curfew instead of total lockdown. (Nigeria)


The Oyo State Government on Thursday extended the curfew imposed to combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government had imposed a 7pm- to 6 am curfew instead of full lockdown of the state to limit movement of people.


It also disclosed that it has hit the N200million mark from donors to the Endowment Fund to generate financial support in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, in a statement, said the Government would inform the general public if there will be a review to the curfew arrangement.


Additionally, Adisa said barely a week after the Oyo State COVID-19 Endowment Fund was set up, donations from corporate organisations, religious groups and individuals from within and outside the State have continued to flow in.

He named a former Governor Senator Rashidi Ladoja; a PDP chieftain, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo; Mr Remi Oseni as some of the individuals who made donations.


First Bank of Nigeria, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Adron homes, Christ Apostolic Church, Nigeria Baptist Convention and Seven-Up bottling companies, according to him, are among the corporate donors.

Adisa said: “As of April 8, 2020, the funds in the three accounts domiciled in First Bank, UBA and Unity Bank stand at N200 million, while donations in food items and other materials worth close to N50 million have also been received.


“First Bank of Nigeria, ADRON Homes and Properties Ltd donated N20 million each; a former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and former governorship hopeful of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), who is now a chieftain of the PDP, Engr. Aderemi Oseni, donated N10 million each.

“One of the founding leaders of the PDP in the state, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo and the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), donated N5 million each.


“Besides the cash donations, some groups, corporate entities and individuals have also made donations such as foodstuffs, drinks and other items worth millions to the state’s Food Security and Emergency Task Force.

“Some of the food products donated to the state include rice, beans, garri, yam and vegetable oil, among others


“Other items donated to the state government include hand sanitisers, medical items, knapsack sprayers and buckets.

“Details of the donations have been published on Oyo State website: http://www.oyostate.gov.ng as of April 8, 2020, noting that the Kola Daisi Foundation and Protogy Global Services donated N1 million each.


Other donations, according to Adisa, included those of the PDP candidate for the Ibadan North House Federal Constituency House of Representatives seat, Chief Ademola Omotoso, who donated N500,000; Seven-Up Bottling Company (N500,000) and Muraina Abdullahi (N500,000).

“Updates from the Food Security and Emergency COVID-19 Task Force, which is responsible for receiving food donations also show that different organisations and individuals including NPG Farms, Farm Connect Agribusiness Industry Ltd, Fan Milk PLC, Agro Park, Niji Farms, SUMAL Foods Ltd, Nigerian Baptist Convention and WEMA Bank donated different food items to the state.

“Other donations in food items and other materials came from: Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Dr. Sola Adeduntan, a Director with First Bank Plc, Dr. Kola Adesina, Group CEO, Saharan Power, Lagos, CAPS Feed, Seven-Up Bottling Company, Poultry Association of Nigeria, Oyo State chapter, IBEDC and Glister Success Ltd.

“All donations were those updated on the official website of the state as of 8 April, and Governor Makinde is full of appreciations to the donors.”


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Nigeria – Lagos announce 7 more COVID-19 patients discharge.


Lagos State Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Isolation Centre

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced the discharge of seven more COVID-19 patients from the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba bringing the number of patients discharged in Lagos to 39.


Governor Sanwo-Olu made the announcement through his Twitter handle on Thursday.

He said, “Good people of Lagos, I bring you awesome news from IDH, Yaba, which is a testament to our resolve to overcome the lethal #COVID19 pandemic ravaging the world.


“Today, we discharged 7 more patients who have fully recovered and tested negative twice consecutively for #COVID19.

“This is in a bid to intensify our search for possible cases of #COVID19 in different communities across the State known as *Active Case Search*.


“These officials can be identified with a #COVID19 outbreak response tag or a letter from the LGA.

“I implore you to give them your maximum support by providing accurate information that would help in containing this #COVID19 pandemic quickly.

“Again, I assure you that at the end of it all, we will be victorious. Thank you”

The discharged patients include one female and six males; three of the male patients are foreign nationals; two Ukrainians and one Italian.


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Nigeria – Fire Gut Lagos Airport Hotel.


Information reaching NobleReporters has it that men of the Lagos Fire Service have put out a fire that was said to have emanated from the parking lot of the Lagos Airport Hotel in Ikeja Lagos.

According to Nosa Okunbor, the Public Affairs Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, (LASEMA), the fire started from one of the cars in the parking longue of the hotel.


Fire scare at Lagos Airport Hotel
He said the prompt arrival of the fire service and the LASEMA response team saved the situation and stopped the fire from escalating.

It was not clear the extent of damage the fire caused to other cars and the entire facility before it was put out.

Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, is a member of the Odu’a Group of Companies.


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COVID-19: Edo govt warns against increase. (Nigeria)


Edo State Government on Thursday warned that cases of coronavirus in the state might rise significantly in the next few weeks, unless drastic actions are taken to slow down the spread.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, who stated this while speaking with journalists in Benin City, disclosed that samples of nine persons suspected to have been infected with coronavirus in Edo state, have been collected and sent to Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) for testing.


He noted that the nine patients are from four local government areas of the state, namely, Esan West (4), Esan Central (2), Oredo (2), and Orhionmwon (1).

Okundia, who urged residents to stay at home and observe other precautionary measures to avert further spread of the virus, reassured that all COVID-19 patients in the state are responding well to treatment.


He said, “As at today, we have recorded nine new suspected cases in Edo State, raising the total number of suspected cases to 12.

“There are 288 persons who had contacts with confirmed cases. The number is likely to increase significantly in the next few weeks, unless we take very drastic actions to slow down the spread.


“This, we can achieve by complying with the state government’s stay-at-home and social distancing directives, as well as other precautionary measures to curb the spread of the deadly disease.”

“Governor Godwin Obaseki has ordered the shutdown of any hotel found to be hosting guests who travelled in from outside Edo State and does not inform the COVID-19 response team to screen such guests. Vehicles with passengers not adhering to the social distancing regulations will also be impounded and their drivers prosecuted.

“As a government, we have taken serious steps to prevent further spread of this virus. Though we are also ready to handle any cases recorded in the state, we urge all residents to support the state government and other health practitioners as we intensify efforts to keep Edo people safe and healthy.”


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French virus doctor receive surprise visit from President Macron.


President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday held a surprise meeting with the Marseille-based French medical professor who has caused controversy within the country’s scientific community for insisting the anti-malaria drug chloroquine can beat the coronavirus.

Professor Didier Raoult met Macron at his specialised infectious diseases hospital in Marseille, in a visit that was not announced in advance, the French presidency said.


The meeting lasted three and a half hours and, unusually, media were allowed no access.

The findings of Raoult, a prominent figure in France with shoulder-length blond hair and a grey beard, have divided opinion, with some hailing him as a saviour but others deriding his work as fake.


The Elysee has said that Macron intends to consult a broad spectrum of voices before giving his third address to the nation on the coronavirus epidemic on Monday.

A French presidential official insisted that the meeting did not represent any kind of “recognition” of the professor’s methods ahead of his speech on Monday.


“The president wants to take into account all the tests and studies, including those of professor Raoult. It is not for him (Macron) to settle the debate, this must be done by scientists,” added the official.

‘Strong legitimisation’
Macron is expected to announce that a lockdown that began on March 17 will be further extended beyond April 15, and further measures amid a persistently grim daily death toll, but also signs of gradual improvement.


Raoult has claimed that a new study he has conducted confirms chloroquine’s “efficiency” at combatting the virus.

He was expected to share the findings at the meeting with Macron who has yet to publicly share his opinion on the controversy.


Frederic Dabi, deputy director general of polling firm Ifop, said Macron was seeking to show he was consulting a broad body of opinion.

It is a “way of controlling the comments of Didier Raoult because now he cannot say no one ever listened to him” while also a “strong legitimisation” of a figure who remains hugely controversial.


Raoult, whose theory has been taken up by US President Donald Trump, said his new study of 80 patients showed that four out of five of those treated with the drug had “favourable” outcomes.

He had earlier reported that after treating 24 patients for six days with hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin, the virus disappeared in all but a quarter of them.


The research has not yet been peer reviewed nor formally published in a medical journal.

France on Thursday reported its first fall in the number of patients in intensive care suffering from COVID-19 since the coronavirus epidemic began, with 82 fewer people in intensive care units compared with the day earlier.

The total combined death toll in hospitals and nursing homes now stands at 12,210


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Bauchi state govt. in Nigeria disagrees with NCDC over report of 2 new cases.


Bauchi State Government has disagreed with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) over two new cases it recorded for it on the health agency’s portal.

On Wednesday, NCDC has confirmed that Bauchi has recorded another two new cases in addition to existing six index cases who are currently receiving treatment.


The state’s deputy governor Baba Tela claimed that there was “an error from the state and NCDC,” noting that there was no new case of Covid-19 in Bauchi.

“From the samples that were sent to Abuja for testing as part of the evaluation of the existing cases, two came out remain positive and were recorded as new ones for us,” Tela said.


“The mistake was that it wasn’t tagged as follow up sample of those who are under treatment. And they didn’t tell us how to tag them. It was later they said we should have included the details of the hospitals and where the samples are coming from.”

He said that the government has written formally to NCDC to correct the mistake they jointly made.

“We have been having three cases in Bauchi, later they (NCDC) added three, that made it six. We didn’t accept the three cases because there were discrepancies in the result, though we have had underground communication with them,” Aliyu Maigoro, who is the commissioner for health in the state said.

“After clarification from them, they realised that only one case was positive (out of the last three cases)–who is on admission now. The remaining two are negative. And if you look at the previous data, we have only four cases on admission, we have been saying that we only have four patients in our hospital who are on admission,” he explained.


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Nigeria – Lagos govt disregard reports of lifting COVID-19 lockdown because of Easter celebration.


The Lagos state government has dismissed reports that the lockdown in the state due to the Coronavirus pandemic has been lifted for the Easter celebration this weekend.

At the press briefing today, the state Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, said the lockdown is still in full force.


He said it is only the Federal government that can lift the lockdown order. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has not relaxed any lockdown.

The lockdown is still on and we appeal to Lagosians to continue to obey the directive to continue to be responsible because that is the only way the experts have said we can fight this disease.


The lockdown is still on. If it is going to be extended or relaxed, it is the business of the Federal government.

The announcement is not going to be made by Babajide Sanwo-Olu because he did not impose it in the first place”

he said President Buhari on March 29th, announced a lockdown on the state as part of measures to curb the spread of the ravaging Coronavirus.


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COVID-19: Kwara to shut down totally from 6pm on Friday. (Nigeria)


The Kwara State Government, Thursday, announced a total lockdown of vehicular, movement of people and all businesses from 6pm Friday.

Deputy Governor of the state and chairman of the state technical committee on COVID-19, Mr Kayode Alabi, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital.


He said banks and food items will be allowed to open for business only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between the hours of 10 am and 2pm.

The deputy governor, who said everything was being put in place to prevent further spread of the pandemic disease in the state, urged residents to ensure they observed all rules guiding the prevention of the novel Coronavirus.


He warned against stigmatisation of persons suspected to have been infected with the disease, saying “the state government will prosecute any one caught in the act.”

Alabi also appealed to the families of those who had contact with the COVID-19 index case in the state to present themselves for test, assuring that the case at the isolation centre was stable and receiving adequate attention.


Kwara state technical committee on COVID-19 had Monday, confirmed two separate cases of the disease in the state.

One of the victims, according to a statement by the spokesman for the committee, Rafiu Ajakaye is the wife of the University of Ilorin teaching hospital, patient, a United kingdom returnee, who died last Thursday and another UK returnee.

The poor handling of the deceased case led to the indefinite suspension of the consultant, Professor A.K. Salami, who admitted, managed and released the corpse of the patient for burial at his home town in Offa under secrecy.

The development first led to the total lockdown of Offa communities now followed by the total shutdown of the whole state.


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Nigeria – Lagos begins door-to-door search for COVID-19 infected individual.


As the number of confirmed positive cases of the novel coronavirus rises in Lagos state, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday said the State Government would commence a door-to-door search tagged: ‘Active Case Search’.

The governor, who disclosed this on his official Twitter handle @jidesanwoolu, stated that in the coming days, some health workers will be moving around in pairs to administer an electronic questionnaire at homes and healthcare facilities to make inquiries about some symptoms like cough, cold and fever.


This, he said, is a necessary bid to intensify the search for possible cases of COVID-19 in different communities across the State.

“These officials can be identified with a COVID-19 outbreak response tag or a letter from the LGA,” he said.


He implored residents to give the health officers their maximum support by providing accurate information that would help in containing the #COVID-19 pandemic quickly.

Meanwhile, the Governor also said that seven more patients have fully recovered and have been discharged from the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Yaba on Thursday.


The patients, according to Governor Sanwo-Olu, include one female and six males. He said that three of the discharged male patients are foreign nationals; two Ukrainians and one Italian.

They were discharged having tested negative twice consecutively for COVID-19; bringing to 39 the number of discharged patients in Lagos, he said.

“As we look forward to more great news in the coming days, I implore you all to support our offensive against COVID-19 by complying with our directives and taking responsibility for yourselves and your community. Again, I assure you that at the end of it all, we will be victorious,” Sanwo-Olu assured.


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COVID-19: Pastor Kumuyi donate N50M to Nigerian Government.


Moved by the need to support the spirited efforts of all in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, one of the most popular churches in the world, Deeper Christian Life Ministry, has donated the sum of N50million to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Our correspondent gathered that the donation was made recently by the church, as a way of lending support to the Private Sector Coalition Against Covid-19 (CA Covid-19).


In a statement signed by the General Superintendent of the church, Pastor Williams Kumuyi, the revered clergyman, however, noted that the donation was aimed at ameliorating the sufferings occasioned by the scourge.

“The deeper Christian Life Ministry is delighted at and challenged by the massive efforts of the Federal Government and her agencies in curtailing the spread of Covid-19 and bringing relief to sufferers.


“The introduction of the private sector coalition against Covid-19 (CA Covid-19) to harness resources in combatting this global health crisis is also highly commendable.

“We wish to identify with this noble initiative and consequently have made a donation of N50,000,000 (fifty million naira) into your Central Bank account, in support of your campaign.

“We have a firm belief in God that He will answer our prayers and bring an end to the pandemic, sooner than expected. May God bless all your efforts,” Kumuyi said.

Recall that, only recently, the church donated relief materials in food items worth several millions of naira to the Ogun and Lagos State governments, in support of the food bank initiative by the state, in the face of the lockdown.


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COVID-19: How to boost your immune system – Expert reveal


Nigerians have been given tips on how to build their immune system in a way it can resist coronavirus.

The Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, has shared important tips on how to boost one’s immune system against coronavirus.


Recall with NobleReporters that Mr. Otegbayo alongside the Chairman of the hospital’s board, Ibrahim Shettima, tested positive for the infection on Sunday, 29th of March.

However, while Mr Shettima still tests positive, Mr Otegbayo’s results proved negative after two tests.


“As we all continue to adhere to NCDC safety guidelines for containing this pandemic, let us please pay attention to our personal hygiene, eat healthily, take measures that will boost our immune system and get good rest. Be vigilant and please, stay safe,” he advised in a statement first posted on Twitter on Thursday morning.

“It made the news on Sunday, the 29th of March, 2020, that I tested positive for COVID-19, with details of the result indicating that I had a low viral load and high CT (immunity index).


“As recommended by NCDC, repeat tests were conducted on Tuesday 31st of March, 2020 and Monday, 6th of April, 2020 and I’m pleased to declare that they both returned NEGATIVE. Throughout the dark period, I anchored my faith in God and declared His words over my life, while taking recommended medications.”

He then expressed his gratitude to his wife, children, extended family, the pastors of Vine Branch Church, the staff of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Committee of CMDs/CEOs of Tertiary hospitals and staff of the University of Ibadan.

As at the time of filing this report, coronavirus has infected over 1.5 million globally and killed over 88,000 persons, according to Worldometer.


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Nigeria – Bauchi Governor recover from COVID-19.


Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed has fully recovered from coronavirus.

Recall with NobleReporters that the governor earlier tested positive for coronavirus following contact with the son of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar


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Nigerian Govt reveal total amount spent to convey Chinese doctors, equipment to Nigeria.


The Ambassador of China to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, said the Chinese experts who arrived Nigeria late Wednesday, came to reciprocate the gestures demonstrated by Nigeria during China’s trying times in fighting Coronavirus.

Speaking with newsmen after the arrival of the team along with more medical equipment, the Ambassador acknowledged that the Nigerian government had shown China great solidarity when it struggled with the Coronavirus pandemic. NobleReporters reports


He said the support coming from the Chinese government and its companies in Nigeria was China’s way of reciprocating.

He noted that so far, it had cost China’s construction company, CCECC, about two million dollars to bring in the experts and the medical equipment.


The ambassador said that he could not understand the rationale behind the attitude of some Nigerians who were against the coming of the experts.

“I am struggling to understand the logic; for us, at the most difficult stage of our fight, we received support from Nigeria, it is time for us to reciprocate the friendship and the kindness.


“This is the first time I met the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, since early February and I appreciate the strong support for us from him and the government.

“For the government and Chinese businesses, what we are trying to do is to address the concerns of our dear friends.


“According to the information the CCECCE gave to me, the value of the equipment and medical supplies is around $1.5 million and including the other costs like the flight it is around $2 million,” he said.

He disclosed that the experts were originally billed to stay for one month but noted that the mandatory quarantine may also determine how long they will stay.


The ambassador said the major secret which worked for China, especially in Wuhan the epicentre of the virus, was the lockdown and the success in breaking the chain of transmission.

“The lockdown in Wuhan lasted 76 days, since January Wuhan had been in lockdown, today has been the very first day that the lockdown has been lifted.

“One key measure for us to fight the Covid-19 is to try every means to break the chain of transmission,” he added.


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Nigerian govt reveals why it is impossible to test every Nigerian for COVID-19 now.


The Federal Government has said that conducting mass testing for Coronavirus in Nigeria would not be possible for now given that the nation has over 200 million population.

This was made known by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, during a news briefing after the arrival of the Chinese experts in Abuja, on Wednesday.


Ehanire said that the government was more focused on conducting tests for those who had been abroad or those who may have come in contact with any positive case.

He said,


“We have 200 million citizens and mass testing is not something that I think is very feasible now, we are doing targeted testing.

“We are targeting those who are likely to have been affected, so we are looking at areas and persons who meet certain criteria that we set.


“Criteria of having been abroad, having been in contact with persons who have been abroad or having been in a cluster of places where we have a lot of positives.

“Even though it is going into secondary we are doing what is called smart testing in order to identify the cases that are giving us concern.”

According to him, researches were ongoing in many countries and the government was relying on science and advice from WHO to overcome the pandemic, NobleReporters reports.


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COVID-19: 91 quarantined as more returnees take land borders in Nigeria.


More Nigerians living in West African nations have started returning to the country through land borders following the rise in COVID-19 cases globally

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, at a press conference organised by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Wednesday, said 67 persons had already arrived at the country’s land border.

The minister, who did not indicate the land border the returnees were, stated that 24 more would come today (Thursday).

The minister stated that both batches (91) of returnees would be isolated for 14 days and put under surveillance for possible COVID-19 symptoms before they could proceed to their different destinations in the country.

The Nigeria Immigration Service, in a statement later on Wednesday, confirmed that the 67 Nigerians had arrived at the Seme border in Lagos State.


Osun 58 indigenes top list of 67 returnees


The Comptroller General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede, said the service officials received the 67 returnees and after thorough profiling, handed them over to the Lagos State Government.

In a statement by the NIS Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday James, the comptroller general said 58 of the returnees were from Osun State

He said the NIS “handed them over to the Lagos State Government, represented by the Special Assistant Health to the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Dr Tunde Ajayi, after thorough profiling with the following details: Osun State, 58; Lagos State, four; Oyo State, two; Ondo State, one; Edo, one; Ogun-one, total 67 returnees.”

NobleReporters gathered that the Lagos State Government had accommodated the 67 returnees in some hotels in Badagry, where they would be quarantined for two weeks.

A source, who confided in one of our correspondents, said they would be joined by 24 people who would arrive on Thursday.

Last month, 127 Nigerians, mostly from Osun State, arrived in the country through the Idiroko border in Ogun State.

The state Governor, Dapo Abiodun, handed the returnees over to his Osun State counterpart, Gboyega Oyetola, who isolated them in Ejigbo. Eighteen of the returnees have tested positive for COVID-19.

NobleReporters, on Tuesday reported that 67 persons were stopped by security agents at the Seme border.

According to the report, the security agents notified the Lagos State Government, which insisted that returnees must be in quarantine for 14 days.

NobleReporters also reported that the Lagos State Government had made arrangements to accommodate the returnees in some Badagry hotels, which had no other guests.

At the PTF press conference on Wednesday, the minister of foreign affairs said the Federal Government contacted the governments of Togo and Benin, which allowed the 67 Nigerians to pass through their territories.

The minister said, “They are now at the Nigerian border and we got the authorisation for them to come into the country. They will be in isolation for the mandatory 14 days when they have come in.

“We have another 24 Nigerians in a hotel in Togo. They are going to be tested. We have also got the government of Benin’s approval for them to move through Béninoise territory to come into Nigeria, possibly by tomorrow.

“We’ve also arranged where they will all be confined when they come into the country. That has been going very smoothly and, for this, we are extremely grateful to the governments of Togo and the Republic of Benin, which have cooperated with us and made this possible.”

Onyeama added that there was a doctor who was part of the team “caught outside the country,” adding that the doctor had made his way to the Republic of Benin.


Why we put evacuation of Nigerians abroad on hold – FG


The minister further explained that with regard to evacuation of Nigerians abroad, the PTF had been deliberating on the issue since airports were shut.

He said, “The response is not as a result of letters that have been coming in from Nigerians in the Diaspora but something that was taken up by the task force from the beginning.

“But at that time, we did not have all our isolation centres and all the other arrangements in place. For that reason, we kept it in abeyance while we were putting all those things in place.

“Now that we have sufficient beds and so forth and the protocol is now well established, we now feel in a much stronger and better position to undertake this Herculean task of trying to see how we can bring Nigerians outside the country back in.”


200 Nigerians returning from US, others


He stated that almost 200 Nigerians, especially in the United States, had indicated willingness to return.

The minister stated, “The engagement of Nigerians should be with the embassies and high commissions and not with any other parallel agency, department of government or anything like that.

“It is with them that we are collating all the names and making all the arrangements.”


More community transmissions recorded


Also at the press conference, the National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, said there were more recorded cases of community transmission of coronavirus and fewer imported ones.

He said all public and private health care institutions should look out for patients presenting unusual respiratory tract infections, especially those that “cannot be explained.”

Aliyu said such symptoms had become important indicators for testing for the coronavirus infection.

He explained that from a public health perspective, one of the most effective ways of cutting transmission was to keep away from others.

The coordinator said, “More of our cases are now community-linked. We now have fewer cases that are linked to travel abroad or contact with people who have been abroad. Our health care services need to look out for this alert.

“At the same time, I would like to encourage the public, those that have suspicion that they have symptoms related to coronavirus, not to be afraid but to seek testing and treatment.”

The Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said the task force did not ask Nigerians for their bank verification numbers.

He also warned that the coronavirus infection was real and not a hoax, a scam or a joke.

Mustapha said, “A lot of people have lost loved ones. There are some families whose loved ones are undergoing treatment.

“Let the spirit of our humanity guide our utterances and conduct. Coronavirus is not a joke, please take it seriously and listen to the government. Please stay safe and protect your loved ones. Nothing is more important.”

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, denied reports that members of the task force received a daily allowance of N500,000.


Private hospitals to get treatment licence


The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, at the press conference, said government would license private hospitals with relevant capacity to treat COVID-19 patients.

He said this was necessary to improve the nation’s response to COVID-19 treatment.

He said, “We are not just relying on public health institutions. We have started the process of accreditation for private hospitals where we are able to establish that they have the facilities for prevention, control and necessary personnel.

“We are engaging Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria and the Guild of Medical Directors.”

Mamora advised those who tested positive for COVID-19 to report to designated treatment centres for safe isolation.

This, he said, was because the danger of the disease was that those who did not have any symptom could infect others.

The minister appealed to health facilities not to reject patients without giving them advice on what to do on laid down guidelines by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

He stated, “Additionally, all health facilities are reminded that coronavirus is an extremely dangerous pathogen which spreads very easily. It is not advisable to accept a person suspected of such infection for treatment if the facility is not accredited.”

On the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde’s claim of local remedies for the virus, Mamora said he was not aware of the claim.

He stated, “We do know that since this COVID-19 outbreak came, I have got a lot of telephone calls from various people laying claims to having some remedies.

“We have in the Ministry of Health, the Department of Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine. I referred those people to the department. In collaboration with the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development, a kind of assessment was done and there is a protocol for clinical trial.”

He said such claims must go through the protocol of clinical trial.

Mamora also advised Nigerians against giving false information on symptoms or their travel history to health workers.


We’ve trained 3, 808 health care workers – NCDC


The NCDC Director General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the centre had trained thousands of health workers to handle cases. He also urged state governments to allow experts to announce results of cases in their states.

He said, “As of April 5, 2020, we have trained 3,808 health care workers in infection prevention and control. Fifty per cent of them work in the private sector because many Nigerians receive care from the private sector.

“As we responded to Lagos and Ogun states in the early days of the outbreak, we actually focus a lot on the private sector in addition to the health care facility where we are managing these patients.

“Another 22 per cent were in treatment centres and 27 per cent were other members of the health work force that work as part of the response teams. We have trained a total of 270 health care workers from each state on case management.


14 Chinese doctors, medical supplies arrive


A 14-member medical team from China arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on a chattered Air Peace aircraft on Wednesday.

The medical personnel, who landed around 5:15pm, were received by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian; Executive Director, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, Mr Jacques Liao; senior officials of the ministries of foreign affairs and health and others.

The personnel, who are experts in infectious diseases, respiratory illness, intensive care, cardiology, neurology, general surgery and anesthesiology, were all wearing face masks as they filed out of the aircraft. They will spend 30 days in the country.

While receiving the team, the Chinese envoy expressed confidence that Nigeria had the capacity to defeat the pandemic.

He said, “China will continue to prove itself as a good friend, partner and brother to Nigeria through concrete actions. This joint battle against the COVID-19 pandemic will surely strengthen trust and cooperation between China and Nigeria.”

The visit of the medical team had been mired in controversy with the Nigerian Medical Association and various groups opposing it.

But the CCECC, which facilitated the visit, said the Chinese doctors were coming to treat its staff. It added that they would be coming with their drugs, and equipment to carry out COVID-19 tests on the company’s workers in the country.

In a statement on Wednesday, Air Peace confirmed that one of its aircraft made a 14-hour direct flight to China to airlift the Federal Government’s medical supplies from China.

According to a statement by the management of the aircraft, this was the first time a Nigerian airline would be doing a direct non-stop 14 hour flight to China.

According to the airline, the medical supplies include 16-tons of test kits, ventilators, disinfectant machines, disposable medical masks, medicines, rubber gloves, protective gowns, goggles, face shields and infra-red thermometers among others.


Lagos records another COVID-19 death


The Lagos State on Wednesday said another COVID-19 patient had died in the state, bringing the number of coronavirus related deaths in the state to three.

The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, on his twitter handle, @ProfAkinAbayomi, said, “Lagos recorded another COVID-19 related death; a 66-year-old Briton who travelled from India via Dubai to Lagos on March 17, 2020.”

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, on his part, said Muslim clerics who performed funeral rites on an accountant, Alhaji Muideen Obanimomo that died of COVID-19 at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, had been isolated.

The state government had on Tuesday imposed lockdown on Offa, where the deceased was buried.


Ogun isolates families of two new cases


The Ogun state government said it had isolated families of two new cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The government said it was tracing all the contacts of the new cases.

The state Governor, Dapo Abiodun, had on Monday said a case each was recorded at Mowe in the Obafemi-Owode and the Yewa South Local Government areas of the state.

The Special Adviser to Governor on Public Communications, Remmy Hazzan, who spoke to one of our correspondents on Wednesday, said the government was tracing the contacts of the new cases.

Hazzan said the state government had isolated immediate families of the two new cases.


NCDC confirms 22 new cases


The NCDC on Wednesday confirmed 22 new infections. It put the total number of cases in Nigeria at 276. It, however, did not include the two cases announced by the Ogun State Government on Monday

The NCDC via its twitter handle, @NCDCgov, said, “Twenty-two new cases of COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: 15 in Lagos, four in the FCT, two in Bauchi, one in Edo.

“As at 09:00pm 8th April there are 276 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Forty-four have been discharged with six deaths.”


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COVID-19: 22 new cases confirmed as cases in Nigeria jumps to 276.


The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 22 new cases of the COVID-19 in Nigeria, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 276.

According to the NCDC, 15 are in Lagos, four are in the FCT, two are in Bauchi, while the other is in Edo.


A breakdown of the cases in each of the states shows that Lagos now has 145 cases, the FCT Abuja 54, Osun 20, Edo 12, Oyo 11, Bauchi eight, Akwa-Ibom and Kaduna five each, four in Ogun, two each in Enugu, Ekiti, Kwara and Rivers states, while Ondo, Benue, Katsina and Delta states have one case each.

Six deaths have also been recorded. Meanwhile, on a positive note, 44 cases have been discharged.

As the government scales up efforts to curb the spread of the disease in the country, some Chinese medical experts have been invited to complement such efforts.

The 15-man medical team from China arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The team arrived in Nigeria on Wednesday in a chartered Air Peace aircraft and the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehainre was at the airport to receive them.

News that Chinese medical experts were coming into the country had split opinion, but the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had last week, insisted that they would complement ongoing efforts to tackle the pandemic.


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Accountant-General’s Office Inferno – No Data Lost.


Nigeria’s Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, has said that no data or records was lost in Wednesday’s fire incident at the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.

He said the fire was caused by a spark from one of the air conditioners on the fourth floor of the building at about 10:00am and was successfully put out by firefighters.


Agba said, “We have gone round the rooms and offices where the fire affected, and I am glad to report that our data centre where all our records are kept are fully intact.

“There is no destruction, so we haven’t lost any record.”


He however, noted that the only damage to the data centre was the exterior, which houses the cooling units.

Agba said one of the immediate steps taken was to shut down the data centre since the cooling units were no longer working optimally.

He added that a full scale investigation would be instituted to ascertain the cause of the incident.


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WHO calls for China, US unity to fight COVID-19


The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged the United States and China to join forces to fight the coronavirus pandemic, saying there would be “many more body bags” without international unity.

“The United States and China should come together and fight this dangerous enemy,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing in Geneva, following criticism from US President Donald Trump that the UN health body “blew it” and was “very China centric”.


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PDP demands full-scale investigation into treasury house inferno


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded a full-scale investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fire outbreak in critical offices at the Headquarters of the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation in Abuja on Wednesday.

The party says an investigation is imperative given ‘apprehensions’ in the public space regarding the time and the offices involved in the fire outbreak.


“Our party expresses shock that the fire incident came on the heels of our heightened calls for a forensic audit into the hazy oil subsidy regime of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for which trillions of naira is being claimed to have been spent.

“This is in addition to recent demands for an investigation into allegations of fraud and diversion of COVID-19 intervention funds as well as social investments program of the Buhari government since 2015.


“Already, the National Assembly, riding on the gale of demands by Nigerians and championed by the PDP, has raised queries on spending in respect of social incentives program.

“Nigerians are anxious to know those behind this wicked arson because the fire outbreak reportedly occurred on the part of the building which hosts critical offices including the Treasury Single Account (TSA), Funds, Federation Account Allocation Committee and Revenue Department among others, relevant for the demanded financial inquests,” a statement by PDP’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, partly read.

The opposition party called for immediate investigation to determine the actual cause of the fire, as well as ensure that critical documents and data on government revenue and expenditure are immediately retrieved.

Also, the PDP demanded that the complex be immediately cordoned off to enable an uncompromised inquest into the ugly incident


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