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The Kano State Government says it has conducted 4,735 Coronavirus (COVID-19) samples test since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Africa’s CDC urges more coronavirus tests, masks, as continent’s cases top 500,000

African countries urgently need to scale up coronavirus testing and the use of face masks, a regional disease control body said on Thursday, as the epidemic gains traction across the continent with confirmed cases topping half a million.
Kenyan ministry of health medical workers prepare to take swabs from truck drivers during a testing for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Namanga one stop border crossing point between Kenya and Tanzania, in Namanga, Kenya May 12, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

In Africa, lack of coronavirus data raises fears of “silent epidemic”

When the new coronavirus hit Tanzania in mid-April, President John Magufuli called for three days of national prayer to seek God’s protection from the scourge. Barely a month later, he claimed victory over the disease and invited tourists to return to his East African nation.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna, on Wednesday, in a statement however allayed the fears, saying that Kogi remain committed to fighting COVID-19.

Kogi sets up testing lab, infectious disease centre

The laboratory was set up amid the state’s insistence that it has no case of COVID-19 despite the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announcing three cases in Kogi.
Determined to curb the spread of the dreaded COVID-19, local manufacturer Prince Interior Furniture and Furnishing Company has engaged a cardiologist to help in the mass production of N95 face masks for the protection of vulnerable Nigerians against the deadly virus.

More US states mandate wearing masks in public as coronavirus cases continue to rise

A growing number of United States states have mandated mask-wearing in public places as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the country, where so far over 120,000 people have died from the novel coronavirus.
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.
Scientists around the world are building up their knowledge about the coronavirus, as they frantically search for a cure and vaccine.

Beijing locked down as coronavirus outbreak gathers fresh pace

All indoor sports and entertainment venues were shut down in China’s capital on Monday as authorities raced to contain a coronavirus outbreak linked to a wholesale food market, with some neighbourhoods placed under complete lockdown.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organisation (WHO), Regional Director for Africa, has paid tribute to African leaders for the progress they have made in their fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

WHO pays tribute to African leaders on fight against coronavirus

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organisation (WHO), Regional Director for Africa, has paid tribute to African leaders for the progress they have made in their fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

Africa registers nearly 4,000 new coronavirus cases in one day

A total of 3,998 people tested positive for coronavirus in Africa in the past 24 hours, bringing the tally of cases to 115,346, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Tuesday.
Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks to reporters via video link at a news conference in Beijing, China May 24, 2020. (China Daily-Reuters)

China will work to ease Africa’s debt burden – foreign minister

The Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, has declared that China will work with other G20 members to implement the debt service suspension initiative to ease Africa’s debt burden.
Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

CDC: Africa’s coronavirus cases rise to 88,172

The number of confirmed Covid-19 positive cases across Africa rose from 84,634 Monday afternoon to 88,172 by Tuesday afternoon, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Tuesday.
A vaccine for COVID-19, the viral illness caused by the novel coronavirus, may be within reach sooner than many experts predicted.

Presymptomatic coronavirus patients can contaminate environments – study

Coronavirus was detected on several surfaces in hotel rooms where two presymptomatic Chinese students were quarantined before being diagnosed with the disease, according to a study released on Monday.
The United Kingdom (UK) has the highest coronavirus death rate in Europe, new data has revealed.

US coronavirus death toll exceeds 90,000 as Donald Trump urges reopening

The coronavirus death toll in the United States surpassed 90,000 on Monday as the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeded 1.5 million across the country, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
Tunisia's confirmed coronavirus cases reach 922

South Africa records 595 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, tops Nigeria

South Africa, on Sunday, recorded 595 new cases in 24 hours, the Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, confirmed.
Nigeria has recorded 245 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 2,802. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this known on its website on Monday. 11

Nigeria among top five countries in Africa with most coronavirus cases, deaths

The Africa Centre for Disease Control (Africa CDC) has said that the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Africa has risen to over 54,027 in the past 24 hours in 53 countries across the continent.
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Nigeria announces two more molecular laboratories

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced the inclusion of two more laboratories into the country’s COVID-19 pandemic molecular network.
Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

Africa’s coronavirus toll hits 30,329 as South Africa, Egypt top list

The Africa Centre for Disease Control (Africa CDC) has said that the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Africa has risen to over 30,329 in the past 24 hours in 52 countries across the continent.

Coronavirus: ECOWAS warns of dire economic situation

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says the projected economic growth of the region may slump to 2 per cent from 3.3 per cent if the coronavirus pandemic ends in June.
Chinese Billionaire, Jack Ma, has announced a donation of 1.1 million testing kits and six million masks to fight coronavirus in Africa.

African nations to get 300 ventilators from Jack Ma

African nations that lack ventilators for the treatment of COVID-19 patients will receive some from a donation of 300 supplied by the Jack Ma Foundation, the head of the continent’s disease control body said on Thursday.

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Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, disclosed this on Monday on Channels Television, Programme “Sunrise Daily”, while, speaking on COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

NCDC rules out elderly, symptomatic coronavirus patients from home care

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has ruled out elderly patients and those with severe symptoms from home care treatment for COVID-19.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police order arrest of fake coronavirus taskforce in Anambra

Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang, has ordered the arrest of illegal task force teams claiming to be enforcing COVID-19 measures including wearing of face masks in the state.
Governor Abubakar Badaru Babura of Jigawa

Governor Badaru: Jigawa power transmission substation set for inauguration

Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa says the 96 megawatts capacity Gagarawa power transmission substation is set for inauguration in three weeks time.
Ibrahim Magu

Presidency: Ibrahim Magu’s probe shows anti-corruption fight is real

The Presidency on Saturday said those who hold the belief that the ongoing investigation of the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, is an indication of the administration’s failing anti-corruption fight have missed the point.

NGO distributes palliatives to physically changed

Lola Cater for the Needy Foundation, an Abuja-based non-governmental organisation, has distributed some palliative materials to the People Living With Disabiluties (PLWDs) in Karamajiji, Abuja.