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11. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

NCDC calls for calm as another coronavirus variant surfaces in Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Monday said a new variant of COVID-19 had been detected in Nigeria and 15 other countries.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja.

PTF: Nigeria to receive four million doses of coronavirus vaccines soon

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 says Nigeria will soon receive initial four million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
Chairman of PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha , disclosed this at the COVID-19 daily news conference in Abuja.

PTF to assess impact of Valentine’s Day on coronavirus

The head of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19, Boss Mustapha, has stated that the PTF will assess the impact of Valentine’s Day on Covid-19.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja.

Nigeria beefs up border surveillance as Ebola outbreak hits neighbouring countries

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on coronavirus (COVID-19) has said the deaths of 24 COVID-19 patients in a day should be a wake-up call to Nigerians that the deadly virus is still around.
Chairman of PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha , disclosed this at the COVID-19 daily news conference in Abuja.

PTF: 24 Coronavirus deaths in 24 hours a wake up call deadly virus still...

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on coronavirus (COVID-19) has said the deaths of 24 COVID-19 patients in a day should be a wake-up call to Nigerians that the deadly virus is still around.
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on (COVID-19) has said it will apprehend, quarantine and ensure inbound passengers disobeying COVID-19 protocols borne the cost of testing for the coronavirus.

Nigeria to prosecute inbound passengers disobeying coronavirus protocols

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on (COVID-19) has said it will apprehend, quarantine and ensure inbound passengers disobeying COVID-19 protocols borne the cost of testing for the coronavirus.
4. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

Coronavirus: Nigerian government to vaccinate 109 million residents in two years

The Federal Government has expressed its readiness to vaccinate approximately 109 million Nigerians against the Novel Coronavirus disease COVID-19 in the next two years.
An Airbus A380-800 passenger plane of the Emirates Airlines at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. Mikhail Tereshchenko - TASS - Getty Images

Emirates’ announces date to resume flights from Nigeria

Emirates Airlines’ announcement that its outbound flight services from Lagos and Abuja would recommence on February 28, 2021 is ruffling some feathers.
4. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

Nigeria to stick with AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine based on WHO assessment

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says Nigeria will stick with AstraZeneca vaccine based on its epidemiological and equity assessment done by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, who raised the concern on Thursday during the daily press briefing by the task force in Abuja.

Nigerian government bans 100 more travellers for violating coronavirus protocols

For shunning COVID-19 directives, the federal government has placed a six-month travel restriction on another batch of 100 travellers.
Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu addressing the press at the presentation of 15,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC by UNICEF in Abuja on Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020. [Twitter-@NCDCgov]

NCDC: Nigeria records 13 cases of UK coronavirus variant

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said it has found six more cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant in the country. This brings the total number of people who have tested positive to the variant in Nigeria to 13.
South Africa is suspending its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine after finding it offers limited protection against mild disease caused by the COVID-19 variant discovered there.

Nigeria set to receive 16 million doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford coronavirus vaccine

Nigeria is set to receive the largest allocation of 16 million doses out of the 88 million AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine doses allocated to African countries in the first phase by the end of February instead of the initial 100,000 Pfizer doses earlier expected, the World Health Organisation (WHO) hinted on Saturday.
The National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, “He is fully aware of the constitutional implication of his decision to defect to another party; which is that he cannot continue to occupy the seat of the PDP in the Senate.

Coronavirus vaccine: PDP blames President Buhari for ‘WHO disqualifying Nigeria’

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said that the reported exclusion of the country by the World Health Organization (WHO) from the list of nations to receive COVID-19 vaccines as a result lack of storage facilities has vindicated its claim that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration has failed.
An Airbus A380-800 passenger plane of the Emirates Airlines at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. Mikhail Tereshchenko - TASS - Getty Images

NCAA lifts suspension on Emirates Airlines operations

Newsmen recall that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had directed for the immediate suspension of Emirates Airlines operations effective Feb. 4 until when the needed infrastructure and logistics were put in place for the Rapid Antigen Test (RDT) test by the Nigerian Government.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has raised alarm over rising cases of insecurity and vandalism in the territory. Abuja

FCTA disrupts NSITF promotion exam over breach of coronavirus protocols

The FCT Administration Ministerial Taskforce on Enforcement of COVID-19 Protocols has disrupted the promotion examination of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) staff over violation of the Health Protection Regulations 2021, signed into law last week by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, who raised the concern on Thursday during the daily press briefing by the task force in Abuja.

PTF: Nigeria has over 100 molecular laboratories

Nigeria can now boast of over 100 molecular laboratories for the testing of COVID-19 in the country, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF), Boss Mustapha, has said.
A COVID-19 testing laboratory will soon be established at the State House Clinic, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, said on Tuesday in Abuja.

PTF: State House clinic to get coronavirus testing lab

A COVID-19 testing laboratory will soon be established at the State House Clinic, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, said on Tuesday in Abuja.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said that certain politicians are frustrating the war against insecurity by President Muhammadu Buhari.

PTF: Kogi doesn’t even acknowledge that coronavirus exists

Kogi State and its Governor Yahaya Bello have become serious cause for worry for the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

Nigeria may suspend UAE, Netherlands flights over coronavirus protocol

The Federal Government has threatened to suspend flight operations from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and The Netherlands due to the new COVID-19 protocols introduced by both countries for incoming travellers.
A new variant of the coronavirus, which appears to be more transmissible, has been discovered in South Africa and is being blamed for a new surge in Covid-19 cases in the UK.

Coronavirus: PTF declares Kogi high risk state, warns Nigerians not to visit

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has declared Kogi a high-risk state for refusing to acknowledge the existence of the disease.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, who raised the concern on Thursday during the daily press briefing by the task force in Abuja.

Coronavirus: Nobody is safe until everyone is vaccinated – PTF

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has said that COVID-19 vaccines are important for the safety of Nigerians.
The efficacy of the Pfizer Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (official name BNT162b2) might sustain against the newly-detected mutant strains from the United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa, a group of U.S. scientists said in a research paper.

Nigeria: Why Pfizer coronavirus vaccine is delayed

Nigeria says the first batch of 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 is delayed because of “politics and logistics due to no fault of Nigeria.”

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Gantz: Israel freezes programme to send vaccines abroad

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Anambra introduces coronavirus mobile testing

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Chelsea winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, is ready to adjust and play in different roles to justify himself under new manager Thomas Tuchel.

Glenn Hoddle: No justification for Callum Hudson-Odoi treatment

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Niger governor rejects N500 million ransom demand as bandits cling to Kagara schoolboys

Hope was initially raised yesterday on freedom for the abducted 27 students and 15 others at Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, but later dashed, with the bandits insisting on N500 million ransom before releasing the abductees and other people kidnaped in NSTA bus earlier in the week.

USAID, SENSE targets to improve education of 200,000 learners

The USAID, through Strengthening Education in the North East (SENSE), project has reiterated its commitment to improve education outcome of 200,000 primary school learners inline with the attainment of SDGs in Gombe and Adamawa states.
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Thai premier survives no-confidence vote as protests planned

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South-west PDP holds zonal caucus meeting in Ibadan, harps on unity

Leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West Zone held a zonal caucus meeting in Ibadan on Tuesday, where they stressed the need for a united front ahead of the zonal congresses of the party slated for March 6.