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Healthcare workers and relatives carry the body of a person, who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), for his burial at a graveyard in New Delhi, India, April 28, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

India’s coronavirus toll tops 200,000 after record surge in cases

India’s toll from the coronavirus surged past 200,000 on Wednesday, the country’s deadliest day, as shortages of oxygen, medical supplies and hospital staff compounded a record number of new infections.
A health worker holds a multiple-dose vial containing the vaccine against COVID-19 by British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, in Genoa, northern Italy, February 10, 2021 [Luca Zennaro-EPA]

Denmark reports serious illness, death after AstraZeneca shot

Denmark said on Saturday that one person had died and another fell seriously ill with blood clots and cerebral haemorrhage after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination.

Medical practitioners to launch N10 billion intervention fund for pregnant women

Medical Practitioners, under the auspices of Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN), said they are set to launch a N10bn-intervention fund to take care of challenges of pregnant women and aged people within and outside the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
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 issues Lassa fever public health advisory

In the advisory, the Director-General, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said that people of all age groups who come in contact with the urine, faeces, saliva or blood of rats are at risk of getting Lassa fever.
People line up to get their nucleic acid test following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China January 22, 2021. REUTERS-Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Long queues as China’s capital launches mass virus tests

Long queues formed in some districts in Beijing, where mass testing was launched following several consecutive days of new cases. City officials said there were some “leaks” in epidemic control in some rural areas, with inadequate adherance to rules on wearing masks, social distancing and temperature checks.
A medical worker, wearing a protective suit and face mask, administers a nasal swab to a patient at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing centre in Le Bignon, France, December 22, 2020. REUTERS-Stephane Mahe

New year arrives with US hitting 20 million coronavirus cases

The United States marked the New Year on Friday by passing the extraordinary milestone of 20 million Covid-19 cases, after global celebrations welcoming in 2021 were largely muted by the pandemic.
A Consultant Clinical Microbiologist, Dr Mutiu Bamidele, has warned that misuse of antibiotics could lead to accelerated emergence and spread of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

Coronavirus: Antibiotics misuse can accelerate antimicrobial resistance – experts

A Consultant Clinical Microbiologist, Dr Mutiu Bamidele, has warned that misuse of antibiotics could lead to accelerated emergence and spread of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).
The “historic” deal would involve an extra 7.6 billion euros (8.6 billion dollars) yearly, Health Minister Olivier Veran said.

France promises €7.6 billion to boost hospital staff pay

The French government and medical unions on Monday signed off on a deal to boost the pay of hospital staff, after they were hailed as heroes during the coronavirus epidemic.
As total coronavirus infections in Nigeria hit 24,077, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has warned against abandoning face masks in favour of face shields.

NCDC confirms fives coronavirus cases in Cross River

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday confirmed five cases of coronavirus in Cross River State.
The Emir of Daura, Umar Umar, who was hospitalised as a result of coronavirus last week, has recovered.

Emir of Daura recovers from coronavirus infection

The Emir of Daura, Umar Umar, who was hospitalised as a result of coronavirus last week, has recovered.
The rampaging coronavirus appears to have a greater preference for obese or overweight people, especially men, doctors said.

Coronavirus found in air samples up to 13 feet from patients

A new study examining air samples from hospital wards with COVID-19 patients has found the virus can travel up to 13 feet (four meters) — twice the distance current guidelines say people should leave between themselves in public.
Cristiano Ronaldo has clarified that a hand gesture he aimed at Atletico Madrid supporters during Juventus's 2-2 draw with the Liga side was not intended to offend them.

Manchester City star omits Cristiano Ronaldo from his list of the top three players...

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has expressed his view that Lionel Messi, Kevin de Bruyne and Kylian Mbappe are currently the top three players in the world, leaving out five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

Police arrest medical director for alleged abuse of office, corruption

The Medical Director, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Enugu, Dr. Jojo Onwukwe, was yesterday arrested by policemen from the Force Headquarters over alleged victimisation of the hospital staff, abuse of office and corruption.

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2023: APC group urges Kebbi governor to ‘institutionalise power rotation’

A pressure group in the Kebbi State All Progressives Congress (APC) advocating for power rotation has urged state Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu to ‘institutionalise power rotation’ in the state.
Nigerian fintech companies accrued most investments on the continent despite the impact of coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

Nigerian fintech companies secured most investments in Africa – report

Nigerian fintech companies accrued most investments on the continent despite the impact of coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Monday, visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.

President Buhari commiserates with Pastor Adeboye over son’s demise

President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday extended deepest sympathies to the family of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), on the passing of his son, Pastor Dare Adeboye.
Mikel Arteta says he has had to adapt his tactical approach much more than he expected since taking over as Arsenal boss, due to the composition of his squad.

Arsenal boss: We can’t let protests distract us with season on line

Whatever the scale or shape of fan protests outside Emirates Stadium tonight, Mikel Arteta wants his Arsenal side to focus on the job at hand.
President Buhari is currently presiding over the continuation of a security meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari urges more commitment to NIN registration

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja called on Nigerians to fully participate in the ongoing synchronization of National Identification Number (NIN) with SIM cards across the country as it will provide a digital framework for improving security and strengthening of the economy.

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Manchester United legend Roy Keane says fans of the club have reached their “tipping point” over the Glazers’ ownership of the club.

Ashley Young: Manchester United fans’ anger at Glazers goes back years & years

Ashley Young has weighed in on the protests at Old Trafford last weekend, insisting that Manchester United fans' anger at the Glazers "goes back years and years".
The Vice Chancellor (V-C) of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof. Abayomi Fasina, on Wednesday said that his administration would be targeting to complete 100 projects in its first 100 days in office.

FUOYE vice chancellor promises to deliver 100 projects in first 100 days in office

The Vice Chancellor (V-C) of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof. Abayomi Fasina, on Wednesday said that his administration would be targeting to complete 100 projects in its first 100 days in office.
Spanish airforce personnel carry the coffins with the bodies of Spanish journalists David Beriain and Roberto Fraile and Irish ONG chief Rory Young, killed in eastern Burkina Faso, after arriving in the Torrejon de Ardoz air base on 30 April, 2021. JAVIER SORIANO / AFP

Bodies of Europeans killed in Burkina Faso repatriated

The bodies of two Spanish journalists and an Irish wildlife activist killed during an anti-poaching patrol in Burkina Faso were repatriated early on Friday aboard a military plane.
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

MBF: Nigerian government watches helplessly as bandits hold sway

The Middle Belt Forum has described as sad the threat by bandits to kill the students they abducted from Greenfield University, Kaduna.

CAF postpones World Cup qualifiers till September

The 2022 World Cup qualifiers involving the Super Eagles and other African teams have now been postponed to September from June.