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A woman surrounded by her relatives receives oxygen support for free at a Gurudwara (Sikh temple), amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ghaziabad, India, May 6, 2021. REUTERS-Danish Siddiqui

India coronavirus cases hold close to record highs as calls widen for national lockdown

Indian coronavirus infections and deaths held close to record daily highs on Monday, increasing calls for the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lock down the world’s second-most populous country.
Medical workers tend to a patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as a Syringe Infusion Pump, donated by France is seen next to his bed, inside the emergency room of Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi, India, May 7, 2021. REUTERS

India turns to ex-army medics as coronavirus surge sparks calls for lockdown

India is to recruit hundreds of former army medics to support its overwhelmed healthcare system, the defence ministry said on Sunday, as the country grapples with record COVID-19 infections and deaths amid angry calls for a complete nationwide lockdown.
Relatives react as healthcare workers pull a stretcher carrying the body of a person who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a mortuary in Ahmedabad, India, May 8, 2021. REUTERS-Amit Dave

India’s daily coronavirus deaths near record, calls for nationwide lockdown mount

India's COVID-19 deaths rose by more than 4,000 for a second consecutive day on Sunday as calls for a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the virus mounted.
People queue outside a shop, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London, Britain April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

English shops and pub gardens reopen as lockdown eases

People queued up outside retailers across England on Monday to release their pent-up shopping fever and some grabbed a midnight pint or even an early haircut as England’s shops, pubs, gyms and hairdressers reopened after three months of lockdown.
Saudi authorities said Monday that only people immunised against COVID-19 will be allowed to perform the year-round Umrah pilgrimage, starting from the holy month of Ramadan.

Saudi Arabia to allow only ‘immunised’ pilgrims to Mecca

Saudi authorities said Monday that only people immunised against COVID-19 will be allowed to perform the year-round Umrah pilgrimage, starting from the holy month of Ramadan.
FILE PHOTO - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question time debate at the House of Commons in London, Britain, March 10, 2021. UK Parliament-Jessica Taylor-Handout via REUTERS

British premier confirms return to pubs but sounds caution on travel

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday confirmed pubs and restaurants could reopen to serve outdoors in a week’s time, as Covid restrictions are lifted, but sounded a note of caution on international travel resuming.
People sit in a waiting area to receive a dose of COVISHIELD, a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, at a vaccination centre in Ahmedabad, India, April 2, 2021. REUTERS-Amit Dave

India braces for coronavirus curbs as infections hit six-month high

India’s biggest cities braced for stricter lockdowns and other COVID-19 curbs on Saturday as infections hit a six-month high, as a month-long surge continued in the country third-worst hit by the pandemic.
Britain's Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick arrives to attend a Cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Britain December 1, 2020. REUTERS-Henry Nicholls

Britain has no immediate plans for coronavirus passports for pubs – minister

Britain has no immediate plans to use COVID-19 certificates to control entry into pubs and other venues when they are allowed to reopen for indoors trading in May, Housing Minister Robert Jenrick said on Friday.
FILE PHOTO - Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts during a virtual news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain January 7, 2021. Tolga Akmen-Pool via REUTERS

Boris Johnson offers to host all European Championship matches in Britain

Boris Johnson has offered up Britain’s stadiums for the whole European Championships as the UK’s ­vaccine roll-out surges ahead of the continent — and he can’t wait to raise a pint to the prospect.
London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea will do battle in the fourth round of this season’s Carabao Cup, it has been confirmed.

No fans for Carabao Cup at Wembley April 25

Return of fans to the stadium is part of the road map out of lockdown expected be published today according to sportsmail, but it is considered that too early to cover the Carabao cup as government remains cautious about lifting the lockdown.
In a statement issued on Tuesday and signed by Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, the state government declared that “this illegality will not stand” and advised “powerful persons not be allowed to set our State ablaze merely to satisfy their thirst for power and control.”

Edo government warns worship, events centres against violating coronavirus protocols

The Edo State Government has warned owners of event centres, eateries, restaurants, pubs, shopping malls and other places hosting social events in the state against violating the state’s COVID-19 prevention protocols.
FILE PHOTO - People walk over Waterloo Bridge, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, February 5, 2021. REUTERS-Henry Nicholls

Great Escape: UK could be back to work by July – report

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a staged exit from COVID-19 lockdown that would see pubs and restaurants reopen in May, and hospitality and domestic holiday industries not fully reopening until July, the Daily Mail reported.
Ghana has reimposed a ban on social gatherings as the number of Covid-19 cases spiral in the country, the president, Nana Akufo-Addo, announced Sunday.

Ghana reimposes ban on social gatherings as coronavirus cases surge

Ghana has reimposed a ban on social gatherings as the number of Covid-19 cases spiral in the country, the president, Nana Akufo-Addo, announced Sunday.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, January 27, 2021. REUTERS-Toby Melville

Britain plans tough new border measures to combat coronavirus

Britain will announce new tougher border measures on Wednesday to stop new variants of COVID-19 getting into the country, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said as he promised to deliver a roadmap out of lockdowns that have shuttered much of the economy.
People shop at market stalls, with skyscrapers of the CIty of London financial district seen behind, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain, January 15, 2021. REUTERS-Toby Melville

UK economy shrinks but might avoid double-dip recession

Britain’s economy shrank in November as it went into a new lockdown, but the decline was smaller than expected as businesses adjusted to social distancing and schools remained open, making a double-dip recession less likely.
As total coronavirus infections in Nigeria hit 24,077, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has warned against abandoning face masks in favour of face shields.

Lagos records 807 new coronavirus cases

Lagos State registered 807 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 322 new COVID-19 cases in the country, bringing the total number of infections to 52,227.

Nigeria records 1,565 new coronavirus cases

Nigeria recorded on Thursday recorded 1,565 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 95,934 .
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 322 new COVID-19 cases in the country, bringing the total number of infections to 52,227.

Nigeria’s coronavirus cases hit 91,351; 1,318 deaths

Nigeria on Monday recorded 1,204 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of infections to 91,351.
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]

Nigeria records 1,204 new coronavirus cases

“Remember COVID-19 can spread from people that look and feel well. Don’t let your guard down around friends or relatives just because they look healthy – they may not know they are infected but can unintentionally spread COVID-19,” it advised.
A woman walks past a painting outside an art school in Mumbai, India, December 30, 2020. REUTERS-Francis Mascarenhas

Asia tiptoes into the New Year – after a harrowing 2020

As Asia says goodbye to 2020 - a tumultuous year that saw the planet roiled by a deadly pandemic - celebrations will be smaller, shorter and more muted amid fears of coronavirus flare-ups.
Nigerians are in for a low-key Christmas celebration tomorrow as states yesterday rolled out measures to tackle the resurgence of COVID-19.

Coronavirus Christmas looms as states roll out restrictions

Nigerians are in for a low-key Christmas celebration tomorrow as states yesterday rolled out measures to tackle the resurgence of COVID-19.

FCT shuts night clubs, pubs, others for five weeks

The FCT Administration has approved new guidelines on controlling of the spread of COVID-19 in the territory and effectively approved the closure of bars, night clubs, pubs, events and recreational venues for the next five weeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Stakeholders in the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Tuesday, unveiled a new agenda aimed at repositioning the organisation into purposeful, focused and result-oriented opposition body that would champion the cause of governance in Nigeria

De-registration: Supreme Court judgement binding only on NUP – CUPP

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has insisted that the recent Supreme Court judgement affirming the de-registration of 74 political parties is only binding on the National Unity Party (NUP).
Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Israel in Nigeria, Mr Yotam Kreiman, who presented the equipment in Abuja, said the donation was timely, in view of ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

Ramadan: Israel donates food items to support Nigerian Muslim families

The Embassy of Israel in Nigeria on Monday donated some food items to support some Muslim families in the on-going Ramadan fasting in the country.
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (born June 25, 1965) is a Nigerian politician and the current Governor of Lagos State.

Lagos to demolish shanties, takeover abandoned buildings

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday said that the government would continue to demolish shanties across the state.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police: 21 officers killed by gunmen in Akwa Ibom

The commissioner of police in the state, Amiengheme Andrew, disclosed this on Monday while briefing Governor Udom Emmanuel who visited the police headquarters in the state to condole with the families of the slain officers and the police over the loss.
Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel says it is unsafe to reopen schools in the state in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Akwa Ibom governor donates N60 million to families of slain policemen

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has donated N60 million to families of slain policemen by unknown gunmen in the state.

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Kwara State Governor Abdulraham Abdulrazaq

Kwara launches agric input subsidy for farmers

Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara on Wednesday launched an agricultural input subsidy scheme that would give about 10,000 farmers in the state access to various inputs at 50 per cent market price.
Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, Registrar, Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), disclosed this in Abuja on in an interview with newsmen.

TRCN vows to eliminate quacks from teaching profession

The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has vowed to eliminate quacks camouflaging as professional teachers, hence its efforts to regulate the teaching profession and prevent it from being open to unqualified persons.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday in an FCT High Court in Maitama, re-arraigned a deputy director with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Emenike Umesi, for alleged misappropriation of N54.3 million.

EFCC arrests 30 ‘Yahoo Boys’ in Kwara

Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arrested 30 internet fraud suspects, also known as Yahoo-Yahoo Boys, in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Yoruba secessionist agitator Sunday Adeyemo, otherwise known as Sunday Igboho, has distanced himself from a statement that angry Yoruba youth would invade the palace of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.

Sunday Igboho: Osun governor can’t stop us from having Yoruba rally

Cultural Activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Ighoho, has said that the Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, cannot stop his group from holding a proposed rally in Osun State.
Israeli police keep guard during clashes with Palestinians at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, amid tension over the possible eviction of several Palestinian families from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Saudi and UAE condemn Israel over Palestinian clashes at Al-Aqsa

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday condemned Israel’s plans to evict Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers, following a night of violence in Jerusalem.