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Commuters wear face mask at the Plaza Espana subway station in Barcelona on April 14, 2020. – Spain reported 567 deaths from the new coronavirus, a slight increase after a one day decline, bringing the total number of fatalities to 18,056 — officially the third highest in the world behind the United States and Italy. (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP)

Spain’s virus death toll tops 18,000

Spain’s death toll from the novel coronavirus topped 18,000 on Tuesday, as the rise in new infections dropped to its lowest level since the country imposed a nationwide lockdown last month.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, on Tuesday directed the immediate termination of the contract for two Payment Service Provider (PSP) for failure to meet the contractual agreement to commence Conditional Cash Transfer to beneficiaries in four states of the federation under their control.

Nigeria terminates cash transfer contracts in four states

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, on Tuesday directed the immediate termination of the contract for two Payment Service Provider (PSP) for failure to meet the contractual agreement to commence Conditional Cash Transfer to beneficiaries in four states of the federation under their control.
The Kayode Fayemi administration in Ekiti State says it has defrayed inherited debts to the tune of 31 billion naira since assumption of office.

Ekiti extends coronavirus lockdown by two weeks, makes face mask compulsory

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Monday extended the restriction of movement and curfew imposed in the state by another two weeks.
Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

Ekiti, Kwara to release prison inmates

In Kwara, the Government on Monday said it would grant pardon to nursing mothers and aged persons among others in the four correctional centres in the state.
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 to purchase 200,000 tonnes wheat in deal with world food programme

Sudan’s government will purchase 200,000 tonnes of wheat in a deal with the United Nations’ world food programme, the finance ministry said on Monday, in a bid to bolster strategic reserves amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Amaju Pinnick

Amaju Pinnick: NFF not plotting to force Gernot Rohr out of Super Eagles job

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick has quashed reports that the football body is trying to force Gernot Rohr out of his position as Super Eagles coach, stating.
A research assistant holds coronavirus test samples. Peter Steffen-dpa via AP

South Africa coronavirus cases rise to 2,173

South Africa on Sunday reported a further 145 cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number in the country to 2,173, a statement from the Health ministry said.
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 extends coronavirus curfew, UAE warns on worker repatriation

Saudi Arabia extended a nationwide curfew until further notice due to the coronavirus, the interior ministry said on Sunday.
AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara

NCDC advises Kwara to establish molecular lab

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control on Saturday advised the Kwara State Government to establish a molecular laboratory in the state.
Coronavirus threatens Qatar's World Cup dreams. Pictured- Doha skyline. Kamran Jebreili,AP

Qatar’s coronavirus cases hit 2,512

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Qatar rose to 2,512 on Saturday, the health ministry announced.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said the country would make self-isolation violators wear electronic wristbands since the number of cases of people breaching the self-quarantine in recent weeks has raised concerns.

South Korea to use electronic wristbands on violators of self-isolation rules – premier

South Korea said on Saturday that it would use electronic wristbands on people who violated self-isolation rules to better contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Deputy Health Minister Alex Abban who confirmed the death to Accra based Citi News noted that- “The information I got from the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service is that that person [the Lebanese man] has died. He died today.”

Coronavirus: Ghana has tested 14,611, collected 37,405 samples, recorded 378 confirmed cases – ministry

Ghana, Nigeria’s neighbour, has approached the deadly coronavirus disease aggressively by deploying routine and enhanced surveillance in the last eleven days.
Neymar and Juan Bernat scored a goal each in an incredible opening 45 minutes for the hosts in an empty Parc des Princes.

Neymar’s £600,000 per week salary may be cut by half

Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star Neymar could see his salary slashed by 50 per cent as French football attempts to come to terms with the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic, according to ESPN.
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NCDC begins screening of 67 Nigerian returnees in Badagry

Officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday began screening of 67 Nigerian returnees who were placed in isolation by the Lagos State Government in two hotels in Badagry.
Somalia’s Federal Health Minister, Dr Fawzia Abikar Nur, on Wednesday night confirmed the country's first death due to the coronavirus and announced four more confirmed cases, raising the number to 12.

Somalia reports first death as coronavirus cases rise to 12

Somalia’s Federal Health Minister, Dr Fawzia Abikar Nur, on Wednesday night confirmed the country's first death due to the coronavirus and announced four more confirmed cases, raising the number to 12.

Maryam Uwais: National Assembly wrong on social investment programme

The Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment Programme, Mrs. Maryam Uwais, has faulted the leadership of the National Assembly over its claims about the conditional cash transfer scheme of the Federal Government.
Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who stated this yesterday during the daily briefing of the Taskforce, added that the federal government would also put in place measures to control the movement of nomadic herdsmen who go across the border in search of greener pastures for their cattle.

Nigeria warns states against relaxing coronavirus regulations

Some state governments recently met with religious leaders and relaxed their regulations with respect to having a gathering of not less than 30 or even 20 people gathered in a place at any given time.

CSOs request to monitor food distribution to pupils during lockdown

A group of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) has requested to monitor the distribution of food by the federal government to households who have children in public schools.

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo has predicted that the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country would occur in August or September, 2020.
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