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Russia reports biggest daily growth in virus cases

Russia registered on Monday the biggest daily growth in COVID-19 infections since the beginning of the pandemic.
Marc Short, left, the vice-president’s chief of staff, has tested positive for Covid-19. Mike Pence, right, had tested negative, his office said © REUTERS

Mike Pence to keep campaigning after chief of staff tests positive for coronavirus

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence’s chief of staff has tested positive for coronavirus but Pence plans to continue campaign travel, officials said.
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Gold rises on renewed US stimulus hope, dollar falls

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a bill for a compromise stimulus package is being written as she awaits a key phone call with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his chamber would take up a comprehensive coronavirus package if an accord is struck. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index headed for the third straight decline.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge, on Thursday expressed concerns over the COVID-19 surge in Europe.

WHO concerned over currently seen virus surge in Europe

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge, on Thursday expressed concerns over the COVID-19 surge in Europe.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government Wednesday outlined extensive plans to provide Americans with free vaccinations against the coronavirus, but officials offered conflicting views on just how soon the preventative shots will be widely available.

US lays out extensive plans for free coronavirus vaccinations

The U.S. government Wednesday outlined extensive plans to provide Americans with free vaccinations against the coronavirus, but officials offered conflicting views on just how soon the preventative shots will be widely available.
San Diego State University halts in-person classes, Sept. 2, 2020, for a month after dozens of students were infected with the coronavirus.

India sets world record with new number of virus cases

India’s Health Ministry reported Sunday that it had recorded 90,632 new COVID-19 infections in the previous 24-hour period, setting a world record for a one-day tally of new cases.
Thousands of Israelis took to the streets of Jerusalem again Saturday demanding the prime minister’s resignation.

Israeli protests demanding premier’s resignation continue

Thousands of Israelis took to the streets of Jerusalem again Saturday demanding the prime minister’s resignation.
Scientists around the world are building up their knowledge about the coronavirus, as they frantically search for a cure and vaccine.

Malaysia bans arrivals from countries with more than 150,000 virus cases

Malaysia said on Thursday that it would deny entry to people from countries that had reported more than 150,000 cases of the novel coronavirus.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo charged Thursday that China may have known of the new coronavirus as early as November, renewing accusations that Beijing has not been transparent and again drawing ire from China.

U.S. restricts Chinese diplomats from cultural events

The United States Government has imposed restrictions on senior Chinese diplomats, regarding their engagement in cultural and university events in the country.
Times Higher Education (THE) today announced the results of its World University Rankings 2021.

UI, LASU, UNILAG make top THE world university rankings 2021

Times Higher Education (THE) today announced the results of its World University Rankings 2021.
People wear masks in Chinatown following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 30, 2020. REUTERS-Kamil Krzaczynski

US nears six million cases of coronavirus

The United States neared six million coronavirus cases on Sunday, nearly a quarter of the planet’s total, as nations around the world battle to contain the raging pandemic.
More than 97,000 children were reported to have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within two weeks in the United States (US).

97,000 American children test positive for coronavirus in two weeks

More than 97,000 children were reported to have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within two weeks in the United States (US).
The Presidential Task force (PTF) on COVID-19 has revealed that 63 per cent of hand sanitiser sold in Abuja, have no NAFDAC registration.

Four dead after ingesting hand sanitisers

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it received notification of 15 cases of methanol poisoning associated with ingesting alcohol-based hand sanitisers in recent months.
Scientists around the world are building up their knowledge about the coronavirus, as they frantically search for a cure and vaccine.

US adds over 55,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours

The United States on Sunday recorded 55,187 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, Johns Hopkins University reported in its real-time tally.
Jair Bolsonaro. Andre Coelho-Bloomberg

Brazil’s president tests positive for coronavirus

Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for the coronavirus after months of downplaying the dangers of the disease, as the United States begins its withdrawal from the World Health Organization despite logging a record number of new infections.
Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who gained national recognition for her handling of turbulent anti-racism protests, tested positive Monday for coronavirus.

Atlanta mayor tests positive for coronavirus

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who gained national recognition for her handling of turbulent anti-racism protests, tested positive Monday for coronavirus.
New daily coronavirus cases in the United States soared past 50,000 for the first time Wednesday, as the World Health Organization delivered a grave warning that the global pandemic is accelerating.

US virus cases smash daily record as global infections soar

New daily coronavirus cases in the United States soared past 50,000 for the first time Wednesday, as the World Health Organization delivered a grave warning that the global pandemic is accelerating.
Angry protesters took to the streets over the treatment of minorities by law enforcement[Carlos Barria-Reuters]

US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

The massive protests sweeping across U.S. cities following the police killing of a black man in Minnesota have sent shudders through the health community and elevated fears that the huge crowds will lead to a new surge in cases of the coronavirus.

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Prosecutors failed to attend Tuesday’s hearing at the federal high court in Lagos, having previously failed to present some of their witnesses in a case that had been adjourned on several occasions.

Nigerian judge throws out case against 47 men for homosexuality

A judge in a Nigerian court has thrown out a case against 47 men charged with public displays of affection with members of the same sex, ending what had widely been seen as a test of the country’s laws banning homosexual relationships.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Lagos government promises to compensate victims of Fagba crisis

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday promised to compensate residents who lost their property to the Fagba crisis in Ifako-Ijaiye local government area of the state.
INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu

IPAC congratulates INEC chairman over re-appointment

The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has congratulated Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on his re-appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another five years in office.

NSCDC dismisses officer for ‘looting’ virus palliatives in Abuja

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has dismissed a Corps Assistant, Illiya Ibrahim, from service for allegedly looting COVID-19 palliatives discovered in a warehouse in Gwagwalada, Abuja.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

#EndSARS: Nigerian Army denies shooting protesters

The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army (NA) has denied allegation soldiers opened fire on #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza last Tuesday.