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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has told foreign powers to withdraw their forces from the Middle East, warning that they may be in danger if they remain in the region.

Iran’s virus death toll rises to 2,378

Iran is battling the worst COVID-19 pandemic in the Middle East region, with at least 2, 378 persons said to have died since the outbreak started in the country.
South Africa has begun an lockdown that will be patrolled by the military and will see any disobeying the rules heavily punished

South Africa begins ‘unprecedented’ military-patrolled lockdown

South Africa came under a nationwide military-patrolled lockdown on Friday, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus across the continent.
Commissioner for Health in Osun State, Dr Rafiu Wusamotu on Wednesday confirmed that 20 judges, who recently travelled to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirate were presently on self isolation.

Osun judges in isolation over virus outbreak

Commissioner for Health in Osun State, Dr Rafiu Wusamotu, on Wednesday confirmed that 20 judges, who recently travelled to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirate were presently on self isolation.
Kenyan health workers dressed in protective suits prepare to disinfect the residence where Kenya's first confirmed coronavirus patient was staying, in the town of Rongai near Nairobi, Kenya March 14, 2020. REUTERS-Baz Ratner

Africa’s weak health systems facing great coronavirus strain

Equipment shortages, scarce beds and poorly-paid doctors and nurses: Africa is finding that it has few means to protect itself as a feared coronavirus tsunami looms.
Customers stand in a queue outside Makro in Pretoria East on March 24, 2020. – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on March 23, 2020 announced a 21-day national lockdown to start later this week to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus which has affected more than 400 people and ordered the military to enforce the ban. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

Africa’s weak health systems face escalating virus peril

Equipment shortages, scarce beds and poorly-paid doctors and nurses: Africa is finding that it has few means to protect itself as a feared coronavirus tsunami looms.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on prior to the start of the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, on October 24, 2018. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ - AFP)

World coronavirus toll soars as doctors overwhelmed

Coronavirus deaths soared across Europe and the United States on Sunday despite heightened restrictions, as Germany banned gatherings of more than two people and Chancellor Angela Merkel went into quarantine.

Prominent Nigerians linked to 800 properties worth N164 billion in Dubai

The chairman of the forum of governors elected on the platform of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Bagudu, and a senator representing Enugu west senatorial district, Ike Ekweremadu, are among serving political office holders named to be part of 334 prominent Nigerians who are linked to 800 properties scattered around the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Jordan is set to impose a countrywide round-the-clock curfew to fight against the coronavirus pandemic, barring people from moving except for emergencies, the government said.

Jordan announces round-the-clock curfew

Jordan is set to impose a countrywide round-the-clock curfew to fight against the coronavirus pandemic, barring people from moving except for emergencies, the government said.
Kenya Airways planes are seen parked during a pilots strike organised by Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport near Kenya's capital Nairobi, April 28, 2016. REUTERS-Thomas Mukoya

IATA: Mideast, Africa airlines in crisis as coronavirus stifles demand

Middle East and African airlines are in crisis with hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk from the coronavirus outbreak, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday, calling for state intervention.

NAPTIP raises alarm over massive recruitment of Nigerians to Middle East

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has raised alarm over massive recruitment of Nigerians to Middle East by some travel agents and some self-acclaimed labour recruiters.
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

WHO urges Africa to prepare for the worst as top politician dies in Burkina...

Sub-Saharan Africa has recorded its first COVID-19 death, a high-ranking politician in Burkina Faso, as the head of the World Health Organisation urged the continent to “prepare for the worst”.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, on Tuesday asked the passengers who were on the same plane with the lady to self-isolate as he released hotlines to call should they show any symptoms.

Lagos begins contact tracing of third coronavirus case

The Lagos State Government says it has started intensive contact tracing for the passengers that travelled with the third confirmed case of COVID-19 on board British Airways.
President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday tasked top security officials to beef up security measures at the National Assembly.

Coronavirus: Senate president wants more test centres established

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has lamented the inadequate presence of test centres across the country for the detection of the dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said late on Monday that Turkey had 29 new coronavirus cases, taking the total to 47 since the first positive test was announced on March 11.

Turkey suspends mass prayers, shuts cafes, cinemas to contain coronavirus

Turkey has suspended congregational prayers in mosques and closed cafes, cinemas, and sports venues to contain the spread of coronavirus as the confirmed cases climbed to 47.
Austria said Wednesday it will close its national museums and suspend all remaining trains to neighboring Italy to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

Coronavirus cases soar to 154,620 globally

The number of novel coronavirus cases globally stood at 154,620 with 5,796 deaths, across 139 countries and territories at 0900 GMT Sunday, according to a tally compiled by AFP from official sources.
Economic stimulus plans worth $40 billion have been rolled out by the central banks of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, the two largest Arab economies.

Coronavirus: $40billion economic stimulus plans rolled out by UAE, Saudi Arabia

Economic stimulus plans worth $40 billion have been rolled out by the central banks of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, the two largest Arab economies.
Paga Founder and Group CEO, Tayo Oviosu

Visa, Paga partner on innovative payment solutions

Nigerian fintech company, Paga, and global payments technology company, Visa, have announced a strategic partnership in accelerating secure and convenient mobile payments for merchants and consumers.

Oil plunges 25 percent as another virus-fueled trading week begins

Oil prices are plunging amid concern a dispute among producers could lead a global economy weakened by COVID-19 to be awash in an oversupply of crude.

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Marcus Rashford cleared to step up rehabilitation

Manchester United have cleared striker Marcus Rashford to step up his rehabilitation from a back injury that has kept him out of action since January.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Osun police nab fraudster over virus relief scam

Osun State Police Command has arrested a middle-aged man in Osogbo for impersonating the state government to swindle unsuspecting citizens of the state under the guise of providing social relief during the stay-at-home period.
A member of the House of Representatives, Rep. Shehu Koko representing Maiyama-Koko-Besse Federal Constituency of Kebbi State made the plea in a statement made available to journalists on Monday.

Reps member calls for suspension of utility bills

As part of efforts to ameliorate the socio-economic hardship being faced by Nigerians in the fight against the deadly coronavirus, the federal government has been urged to extend her palliative to include suspension of payment of electricity and water bills for the ordinary Nigerians for two months.
YINKA ODUMAKIN

Afenifere: President Buhari should have given Nigerians enough time to prepare for lockdown

Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Monday said President Muhammadu Buhari should have given the residents of Lagos, Ogun and Abuja enough time to prepare before announcing the lockdown of the states.
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

FAO urges countries to keep food chain alive, avoid crisis

The Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, Monday, urged governments in countries affected by the coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic to keep the food chain alive in order to avoid the food crisis.