Firstbank Salutes Medical Professionals Tackling COVID-19

By Felix Onajite First Bank of Nigeria Limited has saluted medical professionals tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria and the world.  The Bank in a series of tweets on its Twitter page on Friday, acknowledged the role medical experts are playing to fight the virus. Some of the messages read: “No capes, just heroes. To all the health professionals at the frontline of efforts to tackle COVID-19, we say thank you. Your tireless efforts are much appreciated. The world called and they responded.” “No cape, just lab-coats. No superhuman capability, just dedication, strength,…

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COVID-19: Funke Akindele Arrested For Hosting House Party Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

The Nollywood star, Funke Akindele was arrested for defying the government’s order on lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country. Funke on Saturday, April, 4th hosted a birthday party in her apartment for her husband which led to an uproar. However, Funke, who had since apologized profusely through her twitter handle, was the topic of criticism on social media (Instagram) on Sunday after videos of the birthday party that also included Naira Marley and Eniola Badmus went viral.  Police in a statement signed by DSP Bala Elkana,…

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Lockdown: Sex Workers Suspend Business In Lagos, Abuja

The National Coordinator, Nigeria Sex Workers Association (NSWA), Amaka Enemo, says sex workers in the country have been forced to suspend activities, especially in Lagos and Abuja, due to the lockdown to check the spread of COVID-19. Enemo stated that although sex workers offer “essential services” they would remain indoors because their services involve “substantial bodily contact”. She said the association had been able to sensitize its members to the dangers of COVID-19. She said, “There is sensitization across the country, including within our network. Sex workers also offer essential…

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Russia Moves To Imprison Quarantine Violators For Up To Seven Years

Russia’s Lower House of Parliament gave its final approval on Tuesday to legislation to send quarantine violators to prison for up to seven years. According to the legislature, if a person violating a quarantine measure causes an outbreak, that person could be imprisoned for two years. A violation that leads to the death of multiple people would be punishable by up to seven years of imprisonment. The legislation also targeted the dissemination of information. If such information is deemed incorrect and causes harm to an individual’s health, the person who…

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Somalia Closes Down Madrassas To Stop Coronavirus

The government of Somalia has ordered the closure of all religious schools or madrassas in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus. The government is keen on discouraging social gatherings. It has urged people to pray from home for the next two weeks instead of going to the mosque. Although there have only been three confirmed coronavirus cases in Somalia, the fear is the country will not be able to cope if it spreads. Health facilities have been devastated by 30 years of war and millions of displaced people…

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US: Our President Gave Us So Much Hope’: MyPillow CEO Goes Off Script At Coronavirus Briefing

President Donald Trump kicked off Monday’s press briefing on the coronavirus much like every other, by running through daily updates about the deadly virus and the White House efforts to eradicate it. But unlike in typical briefings throughout the pandemic, in which various members of the administration discuss what their agencies are doing to combat the virus or help blunt its economic toll, Trump yielded the stage first to a handful of business leaders one of them a staunch supporter who went off script in a moment of effusive praise…

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COVID-19: South Africa President Announces Start Of Mass Testing GETTY IMAGES

South Africa is on day five of a three-week lockdown. South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has launched a mass screening programme for coronavirus. The president said 10,000 field workers would be visiting homes to screen people – and those found with symptoms would be quarantined either in their homes or in hospitals. Mr. Ramaphosa said the programme was a “new phase” in the fight against the spread of the virus. The government is also developing technology that will help in tracking down all people who may have contacted people infected…

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Uganda Begins Two-Week Lockdown To Stem Coronavirus Spread GETTY IMAGES

President Museveni last week banned the use of public transport. Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has announced a raft of strict measures to last just over two weeks to stop the spread of coronavirus. In a televised national address on Monday evening, he announced a ban on private vehicle use, meaning anyone needing emergency medical care will need to ask a high-level district official for permission to leave their home. Market traders selling food will also have to live close to their stalls for this period and cannot go back home.…

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COVID-19: Botswana President Announces ‘Extreme Lockdown’

#Up Date: Total Lockdown Over Coronavirus, As millions Of People Are Placed On Lockdown For Weeks, In A Bid To Curtail The Spread Of  The Virus Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi has declared a state of emergency for 28 days to curb the spread of the coronavirus. President Masisi also announced a relief fund and wage subsidies He said there will be an “extreme lockdown” from Thursday onwards when only those providing essential services will be allowed to leave their homes. Each essential-service provider will be issued with a special a…

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