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Bauchi declares total lockdown over coronavirus

Bauchi State government has announced a complete lock down of the state effective by Thursday, April 2 by 6PM, in an effort to mitigate the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus.
Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana

Femi Falana writes court over ‘plot to arrest’ Omoyele Sowore

A senior lawyer, Femi Falana, has petitioned the Federal High Court in Abuja over an alleged plot by the federal government to re-arrest Omoyele Sowore, publisher of SaharaReporters, over his report on the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, testing positive for coronavirus.

PFN begs pastors not to open churches for services on Sunday

The Osun Chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has appealed to pastors in the state not to open their Churches for service on Sunday, March 29.
Premier League chiefs are now working towards restarting the season on June 1.

English leagues say facing difficult decisions over virus impact

England’s Premier League and Football League said on Friday they faced “difficult decisions” about the financial fall-out of the coronavirus but would not re-start until it was safe to do so.
Energy minister Gwede Mantashe on Thursday tweaked regulations for generators with a capacity of less than 1 megawatt (MW), effectively exempting them from the need to obtain a licence from the regulator

South Africa tweaks rules for small-scale power producers

South Africa has eased regulations govening small-scale power producers as part of efforts to tackle the country’s energy problems, but industry experts said the changes did not go far enough.
Police in Brilon in North Rhine Westphalia said the man was acting aggressively and was upset about a momentarily unoccupied cash desk at the supermarket, and when a 24-year-old man tried to get him to calm down, the accused coughed on him.

Two charged with assault after coughing on people in Germany

A 38-year-old man was on Friday charged with assault after saying he had coronavirus and was coughing on another person in a supermarket in western Germany.

Brent oil dives over 7% to lowest since 2003

Oil prices slumped anew on Friday with Brent North Sea crude plumbing a 17-year low owing to massive oversupply as the coronavirus crisis paralyses global demand.
The Kayode Fayemi administration in Ekiti State says it has defrayed inherited debts to the tune of 31 billion naira since assumption of office.

Governor Fayemi: I received my virus test result, it’s negative

The Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, on Friday stated that his coronavirus test result revealed he is negative of the disease.
A photograph by the state-run newspaper China Daily showing an isolation ward in Wuhan on Thursday. China Daily, via Reuters

China reports first local transmission of coronavirus in three days

China has reported its first locally transmitted COVID-19 infection in three days, although cases involving travellers from overseas continued to dominate the total number of new cases.
The Federal Government is not contemplating imposition of a travel ban on travellers over the spread of the deadly coronavirus, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has said.

Nigeria urges nationals to report returnees not observing self-isolation

Nigerians have been asked to help the government in identifying anybody who returned to the country within the past few weeks without observing the compulsory 14-days self-isolation.
Mr Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant Olawale Bakare have pleaded not guilty to a two-count amended charge levelled against them.

Omoyele Sowore alleges plot to re-arrest him over coronavirus report

Rights activist and publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, has accused the Nigerian government of plotting to detain him over his report on the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, testing positive for COVID-19.
Enyimba Football Club can announce that midfielder Ekundayo Ojo has been abducted by gunmen along the Benin-Owo expressway.

N2.5 million paid as ransom for release of abducted Nigerian league players

Dayo Ojo and Benjamin Iluyomade were abducted on Sunday alongthe Benin-Owo expressway as they journeyed to Akure following the suspension of the Nigeria Professional Football League amid concerns over the global pandemic, Covid-19, but were later released four days later.
Minister of Health, Prof. Osagie Ehanire has disclosed that Nigeria has recorded 10 new cases of the deadly Coronavirus, bringing the total to 22 cases.

Nigeria: Coronavirus cases explosion, community transmission imminent

The Federal Government on Thursday said unless those who had contact with confirmed cases of coronavirus came forward, in few days ahead, Nigeria would record a rapid increase in the number of cases.
Homeless people react as members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) patrol the streets of Johannesburg on the first day of a nationwide lockdown for 21 days to try to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa coronavirus cases exceed 1,000, first two dead reported

Cases of coronavirus in South Africa passed 1,000 on Friday, the health ministry said, while also reporting its first two deaths on the first day of a three-week, nationwide lockdown.
China’s Foreign Ministry announced Friday the temporary suspension of all entries into the country from Saturday.

China imposes entry ban, cancels visas

China’s Foreign Ministry announced Friday the temporary suspension of all entries into the country from Saturday.
Hundreds of passengers have been stranded at the Abia/Rivers State border at Oyigbo are of Oyigbo local government area of Rivers State as a the closure of the Rivers State borders ordered by Governor Nyesom Wike as a means of curtailing the spread Coronavirus pandemic into the state comes into effect.

Travelers stranded in Rivers over coronavirus lockdown

Hundreds of passengers have been stranded at the Abia/Rivers State border at Oyigbo area of Oyigbo local government area of Rivers State as a the closure of the Rivers State borders ordered by Governor Nyesom Wike as a means of curtailing the spread Coronavirus pandemic into the state comes into effect.

Nigeria to recall retired NCDC staff, those on foreign missions

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that all recently retired staff of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) should return work.
A taxi driver waits for passengers on the cruise ship Disney Wonder, docked Thursday morning in San Diego, to disembark after a 15-day cruise. There were no known cases of the coronavirus. (Howard Lipin - San Diego Union-Tribune)

US now global epicentre with confirmed virus cases

The United States on Thursday became the global epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic with the highest number of infections, according to data released by different institutions.

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Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, disclosed this on Monday on Channels Television, Programme “Sunrise Daily”, while, speaking on COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

Nigeria records 23 new cases of coronavirus

For the second time today, the total number of coronavirus cases have increased by 23, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control can confirm.
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

WHO: Coronavirus cases will soon reach one million globally

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says confirmed cases of COVID-19 pandemic will soon reach one million globally.
Lockdown commenced in Delta state Wednesday with markets and major shops complying in Warri south , Uvwie local government areas.

Warri residents comply with coronavirus lockdown

Lockdown commenced in Delta state Wednesday with markets and major shops complying in Warri south , Uvwie local government areas.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (in blue) on Saturday with Service Commanders monitoring compliance with the closure of markets across the state to check spread of coronavirus in Port Harcourt.

Coronavirus lockdown: Better to stay hungry to be alive than die eating – Rivers...

Governor Nyesom Wike Wednesday appealed for patience and support of tense Rivers state populace to defeat Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the impact of State Government preventive orders bites harder on the people.
Harry Kane is recovering well from an ankle injury

Harry Redknapp warns Harry Kane could leave Tottenham over lack of trophies

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has warned that Harry Kane would not be content to stay at the North London club unless they begin to challenge for silverware.