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The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Nigeria records 60 new coronavirus infections, no death

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that the country’s active COVID-19 cases increased by 39, bringing the total number to 7,821.
Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu addressing the press at the presentation of 15,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC by UNICEF in Abuja on Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020. [Twitter-@NCDCgov]

NCDC: Nigeria’s active coronavirus cases increase by 39

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that the country’s COVID-19 active cases increased by 39, bringing the total number to 7,821.
Namibia plans to go ahead with the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine even after South Africa stalled its use because trials showed it’s less effective against mild infection of a Covid-19 strain dominant in the region.

Canada records second case of blood clot after AstraZeneca shot

Canadian health authorities said Saturday the country has recorded a second case of rare but serious blood clotting linked to AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, but still recommend the shot for use.

Ogun pharmacists boycott NMA, NAMM strike action

The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Ogun State chapter, has said its members are not joining the strike action embarked by the Nigeria Medical Association in the state over the incessant kidnapping of health workers.
Governor Dapo Abiodun - Ogun Isolation Corornavirus Center 1

PDP chieftain blames Ogun governor for high rate of kidnapping

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olumide Aderinokun has reacted to the incessant cases of kidnapping in Ogun State, blaming the Governor, Dapo Abiodun.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Global coronavirus deaths surpass three million

The platform’s record, which is updated by the minute, places the total number of recoveries at 119,432,902 out of the 140,598,859 cases recorded worldwide.

JUSUN strike: NBA hits Nigeria governors

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Anambra has described the decision of the Governors’ Forum to suspend discussion and engagement with Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, over their prolonged nationwide strike as uncharitable, unpatriotic and totally unacceptable.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Nigeria records 67 new coronavirus infections, no fatalities

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 67 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 164,147 with 154,304 recoveries.

Zamfara: Group raises alarm over high rate of rape, sexual assaults

Worried by the high rate of rape in Zamfara State, a civil society organization (CSO) known as Human Rights Defender and Advocacy Center is seriously mounting pressure on the State Government to establish a commission that can address the cases of rape in the state.
FILE PHOTO: SENSITIVE MATERIAL. THIS IMAGE MAY OFFEND OR DISTURB Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men take a holy dip in the Ganges River during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Haridwar, India, April 14, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File Photo

India’s premier appeals to keep Hindu festival symbolic as coronavirus infections surge

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appealed to devotees to keep a key Hindu festival symbolic as the country reported more than 200,000 new COVID-19 infections for the third straight day.
Qatar is in talks with coronavirus vaccine makers to ensure all fans attending the 2022 World Cup in the country have been vaccinated, the foreign minister said Friday.

Qatar seeking virus jabs for all World Cup visitors

Qatar is in talks with coronavirus vaccine makers to ensure all fans attending the 2022 World Cup in the country have been vaccinated, the foreign minister said Friday.
Kebbi state Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has charged all the Civil Societies and Non- Governmental Organizations in the state to partner with state government for progress and energies youths through empowerment activities.

N60 billion mint: APC governors disown Godwin Obaseki

The Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) yesterday debunked claims by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State that the federal government printed between N50 billion – N60 billion to bridge the shortfall in the distribution of federation revenues to the three tiers of government in March 2021, saying that the claims did not reflect the true position of things.
4. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

AstraZeneca vaccine: 8,439 mild, adverse effects occur – NPHCDA

The federal government has said a total of 8,439 cases of mild, adverse effects have occurred over the application of Astrazeneca vaccine in the country.
Johnson & Johnson's single dose COVID-19 shot is the fourth to be endorsed for use in the EU after vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-Oxford University and Moderna.

WHO: Benefits of J&J, AstraZeneca shots outweigh risks

IN the wake of the reports of severe incidents of deadly blood clots and other adverse events trailing the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, the World Health Organisation, WHO says it backs the two jabs, noting that the benefits of receiving either of the vaccines, greatly outweigh the risks.
Chris Smalling is ready to hold talks regarding a permanent move to Roma from Manchester United and is also eyeing up an England recall ahead of Euro 2020.

Armed robbers raid Chris Smalling’s home, cart away valuables

Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport claims three armed robbers broke into the English footballer’s home and forced him to open his family’s safe, where the aggressors took items of jewellery and other valuable items.
Botswana banned poultry and poultry product imports from South Africa after an avian flu outbreak. PHOTO: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Botswana bans poultry imports from South Africa amid avian flu outbreak

Botswana's agriculture ministry announced the ban on Wednesday and it has been implemented with immediate effect. The ban includes products such as meat, eggs and feathers.

KADBUSA: 10% of Kaduna residents have drug abuse-related challenge

A survey by carried out by the Kaduna State Bureau for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (KADBUSA) has revealed that 10% of residents of Kaduna State have drug aids-related challenge, hence the link between drug abuse and violence.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) announced yesterday that it would be reintroducing the park and pay policy in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), from May 1, 2021.

Official: FCTA has achieved 60% implementation of Abuja master plan

The Federal Capital Terriory Administration (FCTA) says it has recorded 60 per cent success in the implementation of the Abuja Master Plan in spite of some challenges.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

PPRO: Police, 7 others responsible for congestions in correctional centres

The Police Command in Lagos State said that the public should not blame only the police for the large number of inmates in correctional centres across the state.
Crude oil is dispensed into a bottle in this illustration photo June 1, 2017. REUTERS-Thomas White-Illustration

Nigerian government seeks speedy resolution of disputes in oil, gas industry

The Federal Government on Thursday inaugurated an Alternative Dispute Resolution Center (ADRC) to quicken the resolution of disputes in the oil and gas industry in Lagos.
Popular rap artiste, Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf better known as CDQ, has described the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arresting him today as someone trying to “set me up.”

CDQ says of his arrest by NDLEA ‘a set-up’

Popular rap artiste, Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf better known as CDQ, has described the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arresting him today as someone trying to “set me up.”
Kano State Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, who disclosed the latest mortality figure in a video message to the residents of the state, stated that so far 400 patents have been admitted in different medical facilities in the state on account of complications associated with the drink.

Kano: Death toll from poisoned juice drink rises to 10

The Kano State Government has confirmed that the death of 10 people as a result of the consumption of substandard juice drinks in the state.

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NUJ berates media owners owing journalists’ salaries

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The Ekiti State Commissioner for Agriculture, Olabode Adetoyi, said yesterday that the state government had begun the implementation of the state anti-grazing law with a view to avert farmers’ herders crisis and as well ensure security.

Official: Ekiti to begin massive rice production soon

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security in Ekiti, Dr Olabode Adetoyi, says the state government is concluding plans to institutionalise rice pyramid programme in the state.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

Benue government, stakeholders want killers of soldiers arrested, prosecuted

The Benue State government and other stakeholders in Konshisha local government area of the state have urged security agents to ensure that the killers of an Army officer and 11 soldiers are apprehended and brought to book.
Residents, government troops flee as armed group overran a town in Nigeria’s Borno state in attack claimed by ISIL.

Soldiers deployed to stop Benue-Ebonyi boundary clash

Armed soldiers are presently engaging some unknown gunmen at Ebele village in Ngbo, Ohaukwu Local government area of Ebonyi State, newsmen report.
Bukayo Saka found the back of the net in the Premier League for the first time in his career in Arsenal’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

Bernd Leno: Bukayo Saka will be world class player

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has no doubts Bukayo Saka has “world class” potential.

JAMB approves Plateau university as CBT centre

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Friday approved Plateau State University (PLASU), Bokkos as one of it’s Computer Base Test (CBT) center.