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Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse-File Photo

WHO urges countries to ‘wake up’ and halt coronavirus

The World Health Organization on Friday urged countries hit by serious coronavirus outbreaks to “wake up” to the realities on the ground instead of bickering, and to “take control”.
China acknowledged that it instructed unauthorized laboratories to destroy samples of the novel coronavirus but for biosafety reasons.

Brazil becomes second country to hit one million coronavirus cases after US

Brazil has become the second country in the world to hit one million coronavirus cases after infections soared by 54,000 in one day.
Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference after an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

WHO raises alarm on ‘new and dangerous phase’ of coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned Friday of a “new and dangerous phase” of the coronavirus pandemic with people tiring of lockdowns despite the disease’s accelerating spread.
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WHO: Africa’s coronavirus cases now over 250,000

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says the number of coronavirus cases in Africa is now over 256,000.
General view as Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race with second placed Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and third placed Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas on the podium REUTERS-Lisi Niesner-File Photo

Austria gives go-ahead to crowd-free F1 races

Formula One can start its season in Austria with two races behind closed doors on July 5 and 12, the country’s health ministry said on Saturday.

AfDB: ‘No decision’ yet on demands for probe of Akinwumi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Thursday said “no decision” had been taken regarding a US push for an outside probe into its president, Akinwumi Adesina, accused by whistleblowers of ethics breaches.
A Senegalese army doctor examines a local resident at the army field hospital, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Touba, Senegal May 1, 2020. REUTERS-Zohra Bensemra

WHO sees “potentially positive data” on coronavirus treatments

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that some treatments appear to be limiting the severity or length of the COVID-19 disease and that it was focusing on learning more about four or five of the most promising ones.
A vaccine for COVID-19, the viral illness caused by the novel coronavirus, may be within reach sooner than many experts predicted.

Nigeria leads in neglected tropical diseases globally amid coronavirus pandemic – scientists

As Coronavirus ravages many countries, scientists have expressed worry over the growing cases of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Africa, noting that Nigeria tops the list of countries in the continent with NTDs such as Schistosomiasis and Onchocerciasis worldwide.
A vaccine for COVID-19, the viral illness caused by the novel coronavirus, may be within reach sooner than many experts predicted.

NGO: 55 journalists die of coronavirus in 23 countries

An international non-governmental organisation, The Press Emblem Campaign, based in Geneva, Switzerland, said 55 journalists have died from the coronavirus disease in 23 countries across Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East.
The number of coronavirus cases in Qatar crossed 2,500 and Kuwait’s tally moved closer to 1,000 on Friday.

Pharmacists cautions against coronavirus misinformation, fake drugs

Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas, NAPPSA, Inc has expressed concern over misinformation about the coronavirus disease, and the advertisement and sale of unproven and illegal coronavirus, COVID-19, prevention and treatment options.

Turning coronavirus tragedy into opportunity for new Nigeria

As many people are now aware, the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19) in China has rapidly permeated and profoundly changed the world.
AFDB President Akinwumi Adesina.

AfDB chief Akinwumi Adesina accused of multiple violations

The head of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has been accused by bank staff of multiple abuses and breaches of the bank's code of ethics, charges he flatly denied.

Coronavirus: Nigeria’s open university postpones convocation

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has announced the postponement of its 9th convocation slated for Saturday, March 21 in Jabi Abuja because of the dangers of gathering a large number of people.
Formula One group CEO Chase Carey, Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Paul Little, Race director Michael Masi and Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott during a press conference after it was announced the Australian Grand Prix would be cancelled after a McLaren team member tested positive for coronavirus REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy

How the coronavirus has hit global sport

AFP looks at the effects on the sport of the coronavirus, which by Thursday had killed over 4,600 people while infecting more than 127,000 in 115 countries and territories.
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US outraged by killing of protesters in Iraq

The United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has expressed outrage over the killing of eight “peaceful protesters” in Iraq on Wednesday.

IOM: How 34, 532 irregular migrants died in six years

The United Nations migration agency, the International Organization for Migration IOM has said no fewer than 35, 532 irregular migrants died between 2014 and 2019 on various routes, adding that the figure could be higher as some “missing migrants” could not be traced.
FILE - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at the State Department in Washington, Dec. 19, 2019.

Donald Trump threatens to strike Iranian cultural sites

People gathered in Tehran on Monday to mourn top general Qassem Soleimani, as his replacement vowed to take revenge for the U.S. airstrike that killed him, and U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to hit Iranian cultural site if Iran does retaliate.
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Donald Trump acknowledges Qassem Soleimani’s killing

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke publicly Saturday about the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. It was the first time the president has spoken about Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force, since U.S. defense officials confirmed Soleimani had been killed in a U.S. airstrke late Friday in Iraq at Baghdad's airport.

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House of Reps quizzes NDDC over N70.495 billion awarded contracts

The House of Representatives at the weekend flagged off its investigation into the N70.495 billion allegedly paid by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to 1,773 contractors as mobilization fees without resorting to site, between 2008 and 2012.

Presidency: Why 2020 budget was increased despite drop in revenue

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Umar El-Yakub, has said the decision of the Presidency to increase the 2020 Budget despite drop in revenue was meant to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s economy.