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A vaccine for COVID-19, the viral illness caused by the novel coronavirus, may be within reach sooner than many experts predicted.

India records over 5000 new coronavirus cases, highest single-day increase

India’s Health Ministry on Wednesday said that 140 new deaths due to COVID-19, besides fresh 5,611 positive cases were reported since Tuesday in the country, taking the number of deaths to 3,303 and total cases to 106,750.
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has ordered building contractors handling various projects in the state to return back to their construction sites immediately.

Niger governor orders contractors back on site

Amidst restriction on movement in the state occasioned by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has ordered building contractors handling various projects in the state to return back to their construction sites immediately.
candidate vaccine for Covid-19 developed by the drug maker Moderna appears to generate an immune response similar to the response seen in people who have been infected by the virus and recovered, the company said Monday.

US drugmaker reports progress on coronavirus vaccine trial

US biotech firm Moderna reported promising early results on Monday from the first clinical tests of an experimental vaccine against the novel coronavirus performed on a small number of volunteers.
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Buhari holds virtual meeting with governors

President Muhammadu Buhari has charged state governors cooperate with the Presidential Task Force PTF on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne said the review will enable the international community to better prevent the next pandemic.

Australia gets backing to investigate cause of coronavirus

An alliance of 116 countries have supported Australia’s call to launch an independent investigation into what had caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tunisia's confirmed coronavirus cases reach 922

Morocco confirms 129 new coronavirus cases, total now 6,870

The Moroccan Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed 129 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 6,870 in the country.
Spain’s daily coronavirus death toll dropped to 288 on Sunday, the lowest since March 20, as the country eased its lockdown to allow children outside for the first time in six weeks.

Spain’s coronavirus deaths return to lowest level

The number of deaths in Spain due to the novel coronavirus was only 87 on Sunday, the lowest level in two months, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.
Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed has lamented how the novel Coronavirus has hindered preparations for local government elections in the state.

We can’t conduct local council elections because of coronavirus – Bauchi governor

Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, has lamented how the novel Coronavirus has hindered preparations for local government elections in the state.
The Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has overtaken China when it comes to the number of deaths from the novel coronavirus.

Brazilian state records more coronavirus deaths than China

According to data released by Brazil’s health ministry on Saturday, there have been 4,688 coronavirus-related deaths in the country’s most populous state, which is home to more than 40 million people.
Hungary’s Prime minister Viktor Orban looks on as he is welcomed by French President in the courtyard of the Elysee presidential palace before their meeting on October 11, 2019 in Paris. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN - AFP)

Hungary lifts movement restrictions on capital from Monday

Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced on Saturday that movement restrictions on Budapest residents would be lifted next week.
The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa Nigeria Chapter, Saturday, urged the Federal Government and other African governments to adopt high yielding crop varieties, agricultural drones, farm mechanization and digital agriculture solutions as options in managing the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic to enhance food production.

OFAB urges Nigeria, others to adopt high yielding varieties, drones, mechanization

The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa Nigeria Chapter, Saturday, urged the Federal Government and other African governments to adopt high yielding crop varieties, agricultural drones, farm mechanization and digital agriculture solutions as options in managing the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic to enhance food production
Scientists around the world are building up their knowledge about the coronavirus, as they frantically search for a cure and vaccine.

WHO clears air on coronavirus transmission through surface contact

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it has not been proven if people can catch the novel coronavirus by touching surfaces where it lingers, such as handles, doorknobs, or keyboards.
The People Democratic Party (PDP), Anambra chapter, has announced a donation of N120 million COVID-19 lockdown palliative to the people of the state.

PDP rolls out N120 million palliative, coronavirus test centre

The People Democratic Party (PDP), Anambra chapter, has announced a donation of N120 million COVID-19 lockdown palliative to the people of the state.
Cameroon's Incumbent President Paul Biya, of the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement party, wait to casts his vote during the Presidential elections in Yaounde, Cameroon. Sunday Alamba-AP Photo.

Six people held in Cameroon for distributing face masks

Six opposition activists have been arrested in Cameroon for distributing face masks and disinfectant gel, their lawyers and Human Rights Watch said Friday.
The Oyo State Task Force on COVID-19, on Friday, recorded a major victory in its ongoing fight against the novel Coronavirus when it discharged 11 persons after they tested negative to COVID-19 twice.

Oyo discharges 11 coronavirus patients

The Oyo State Task Force on COVID-19, on Friday, recorded a major victory in its ongoing fight against the novel Coronavirus when it discharged 11 persons after they tested negative to COVID-19 twice.
Babagana Umara Zulum

Borno governor urges Muslims to pray against coronavirus, Boko Haram

Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has urged Muslims in Nigeria to offer prayers for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, including the defeat of Boko Haram and its sponsors, as the Islamic faithful observe night supplications in the last days of the Ramadan fast.
Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts during the match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS-Hannah Mckay

Naomi Osaka using lockdown to conquer inner demons

Two-times Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is using the novel coronavirus shutdown as one of self reflection to try and overcome her crippling shyness.
“The vaccine against COVID-19 will be made available to the public at large, regardless of nationality,” the company’s director general Paul Hudson said, according to a tweet from Sanofi France on Wednesday evening.

Official: Sanofi to make coronavirus vaccine available to all

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi plans to make any vaccine it develops against the novel coronavirus available to all.

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Medical council validates four coronavirus test kits – registrar

The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) says it has validated four Rapid Test Kits to determine their suitability for testing SAR-COV-2 infection popularly known as COVID-19 in the country.
Legendary reggae artiste, Majekodunmi Fasheke, aka Majek Fashek is dead. The artiste died in a New York hospital after a protracted illness on Monday about 5-45pm. He was aged 71.

Nigerian celebrities mourn deceased Majek Fashek

Nigerian celebrities have taken to their social media platforms to mourn the death of Music Legend, Majekodunmi Fasheke, a.k.a Majek Fashek.
Rwanda says it will announce new restrictions on containing the coronavirus Tuesday, a stark reversal of the country's plan days ago to ease restrictions, including motor vehicle travel throughout the country.

Rwanda set to announce new coronavirus restrictions

Rwanda says it will announce new restrictions on containing the coronavirus Tuesday, a stark reversal of the country's plan days ago to ease restrictions, including motor vehicle travel throughout the country.
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Nigeria declares telecoms facilities critical national Infrastructure

In response to the yearnings of industry stakeholders to declare telecom facilities Critical National Infrastructure, President Muhammadu Buhari, has finally approved and also directed that necessary physical protective measures be put in place to safeguard telecommunications infrastructure deployed across the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari has again, addressed Nigerians on the efforts of its government to contain the coronavirus pandemic (covid-19) that is ravaging the country 4

ASCAB: President Buhari’s speech underestimate Sani Abacha’s $5 billion loot

Alliance for Surviv­ing COVID-19 and Beyond, (ASCAB), a group led by prominent Nigerian human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has said that President Mu­hammadu Buhari’s claim that late dictator, Sani Abacha, stole $1 billion con­tradicts the figures earlier released by his own officials.