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The pandemic is no time for fiscal distancing

These are very difficult days, as the world faces one of its worst challenges ever: the novel coronavirus pandemic. And it seems almost no nation is spared. As infection rates rise, so does panic across financial markets, as economies drastically slow down and supply chains are severely disrupted.
Medical charity Alima planned to open an emergency operating theatre this week in Burkina Faso, but the project has stalled because the country closed its borders before a surgeon and anaesthetist could fly in, its director told Reuters.

Medical aid marooned as Africa shuts borders amid coronavirus pandemic

Medical charity Alima planned to open an emergency operating theatre this week in Burkina Faso, but the project has stalled because the country closed its borders before a surgeon and anaesthetist could fly in, its director told Reuters.
The German Mission in Nigeria has pledged €5.5m to the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund, says the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria.

Coronavirus: Germany donates €5.5 million to Nigeria

This is coming as the West-African country grapples with the attendant effects of economic shocks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic which has paralysed most activities in the country while infecting over 170 people with two deaths.
Illinois health authorities are carrying out an investigation into the state’s first known death of an infant from the novel coronavirus. David Crosling-AAP

Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns by country

Countries around the world are increasingly adopting sweeping measures to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, including full lockdowns, shutting down airports, imposing travel restrictions and completely sealing their borders.
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is backing the U.N. chief's call for a cease-fire in all conflicts raging across the globe to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. He also said his thoughts are with those constrained to live in groups.

Pope backs UN chief’s call for cease-fire in all conflicts

Pope Francis is backing the U.N. chief's call for a cease-fire in all conflicts raging across the globe to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. He also said his thoughts are with those constrained to live in groups, citing in particular rest homes for the elderly, military barracks and jails.
One of the victims of the fast-spreading coronavirus has reportedly died in Ghana, authorities have confirmed.

As rich nations battle coronavirus, anxiety grows for low-income states

As Europe and the United States struggle to contain the coronavirus pandemic, aid groups warn that without measures millions could die in low-income countries and war zones such as Syria and Yemen, where hygiene conditions are already dire.

Arik, Dana Air join other airlines in suspending flights operations

More domestic airlines yesterday joined the list of airlines that will suspend their flight operations by midnight of Friday, 27th March. The latest of the airlines are Arik Air and Dana Air. Air Peace and Aero Contractors airlines had earlier on Tuesday announced that with effect from Friday, they will suspend flight operations.

UN mobilises N756 million for key support to Nigeria

The United Nations, on Tuesday, said it has mobilised $2 million (N756 million) to assist Nigeria’s fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Court strikes out suit challenging appointment of Supreme Court judges

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday struck out a suit challenging the appointment of four Supreme Court Justices by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
Saudi Arabia will suspend all domestic flights, buses, taxis and trains for 14 days to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.

Saudi Arabia suspends domestic flights, buses, taxis, trains

Saudi Arabia will suspend all domestic flights, buses, taxis and trains for 14 days to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Presidential committee on the impacts of Covid-19 on Nigeria’s economy to ensure that investments and the business of government continue to run without hitches.

President Buhari: Why I have not revisited IDPs camps

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday disclosed why he is yet to revisit Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps since last year August.
Authorities in Nigeria's largest city Lagos on Monday said that the death toll from a suspected gas explosion had risen to 17 as emergency services dug bodies from the debris. 1

Dismembered bodies litter Lagos explosion site as aid workers rescue three-year-old survivor

Following the explosion which destroyed many buildings and claimed not less than 17 lives in the Abule Ado community in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos, three additional bodies: two females and one male were discovered under the rubbles as dismembered parts of corpses littered the scene of the explosion.
The governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has commiserated with the people and government of Lagos State over the unfortunate explosion that claimed scores of lives in Lagos yesterday.

Lagos explosion: Ogun governor commiserates with victims, government

The governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has commiserated with the people and government of Lagos State over the unfortunate explosion that claimed scores of lives in Lagos yesterday.
Iran has temporarily released 70,000 prisoners as part of measures to combat the ongoing coronovirus disease in the country.

Coronavirus: Iran appeals for help amid rising death toll

The Iranian Embassy in Seoul on Monday said Tehran “welcomes” international medical assistance to help fight the new coronavirus, amid shortages of medicine and other supplies stemming from crippling U.S. sanctions.

Coronavirus: Expert calls for concerted to tackle the virus

Dr Ogungbemi Olalekan, a humanitarian health expert, has called for concerted efforts in the fight to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Court orders police to pay N50 million in damages over suspect’s death

A Plateau State High Court on Thursday ordered the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), to pay N50 million in damages to the family of a suspect, Henry Dokotri, who was killed by five police officers.

Benue governor apologises to pensioners over failure to pay arrears

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue on Monday apologised to pensioners over government’s inability to pay pension and gratuities arrears.
Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said Monday his government was working toward bringing peace to war-torn Darfur as he met hundreds of victims of the conflict who demanded swift justice.

Sudan faces humanitarian crisis with nine million needing urgent aid

At least nine million people in Sudan urgently need humanitarian assistance in what could compound the economic situation of a country struggling to sustain a transitional government.

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Thiago Alcântara closing in on Bayern Munich contract extension

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Bonfrere Jo: Clemens Westerhof sold Nigeria’s game against Italy at USA World Cup

Former Super Eagles technical adviser Bonfrere Jo has blamed the team’s exit at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States of America on the erstwhile handler of the side Clemens Westerhof.
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

Coronavirus vaccine: WHO rejects using Africa as testing ground

Tedros Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organisation, has dismissed as “racist” a suggestion by two French scientists that the coronavirus vaccine should be tested in Africa.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, yesterday, alerted Nigerians to be mindful of fake chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets currently in circulation.

NAFDAC: Fake chloroquine tablets now in circulation

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, yesterday, alerted Nigerians to be mindful of fake chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets currently in circulation.
Nollywood star, Funke Akindele, and her husband, AbdulRasheed Bello, have been sentenced by the Chief Magistrate of Court 1 in Ogba, Lagos State, Yewande Aje-Afunwa, for flouting the Coronavirus Disease restriction order of the State.

Lockdown: Funke Akindele, husband sentenced to community service

Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele and her husband AbdulRasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skillz, were yesterday, convicted and fined N100,000 each by an Ogba Magistrate Court for flaunting the Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020.