China: Wuhan City conducts 6.5m coronavirus tests in 10 days

The Chinese city of Wuhan conducted within 10 days 6,574,093 nucleic acid tests to screen novel coronavirus infections. The tests were carried out between May 14 and 23, the local health authorities said. Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said the city performed 1,146,156 tests on Saturday alone, more than 15 times the figure on May 14, when Wuhan kicked off the citywide testing campaign. The aim was to better understand the number of asymptomatic cases of the virus. The largest single-day number was on May 22. Then the city of about…

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Africa, Eid-al-Fitr And The Virus, By Reuben Abati

This year’s Eid-al-Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end of the month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast for 29 or 30 days, in observance of one of the Five Pillars of Islam, was celebrated on Saturday and Sunday, May 23/24, but it was a different kind of eid. It was sombre, low key, and completely overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In close to 100 years, there has been no eid like that: the world’s nearly 2 billion Muslims observed the Ramadan under imposed conditions. People were advised to avoid…

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COVID-19: Lagos Permanent Secretary Wants Schools To Sustain E-learning Beyond COVID-19 Era

By:  Idris Tele-Olukoya Dr. Mrs. Olufolayimika Abiose Ayandele, Tutor General/Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Education District III, has called on the federal and state governments to sustain electronic learning they introduced in schools in the face of a novel coronavirus, to further preserve knowledge. Ayandele told Waka About Africa, in Lagos, that knowledge was priceless. ”The current electronic means of teaching and learning is beautiful and innovative in the face of the pandemic ravaging the world. ”This should be sustained. Recorded knowledge is priceless, and we have come to appreciate this…

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COVID-19: The Trade And Economic Perspective On Africa

By: Idris Tele-Olukoya Africa, home to the richest man in human history, Mansa Musa, one of the eight continents of the world and the cradle of civilization with over 50 countries has had her fair share of the global pandemic, coronavirus. Various national governments on the continent are on high alerts in putting strategic measures in place to contain and stop the spread of the deadly virus. As a matter of world humanitarian emergency, Private organizations and NGOs have also been helpful in putting in massive supports to complement government…

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Return Almajirai To Their States Of Origin – Punch

An alarming exodus of the almajirai to the South of Nigeria is setting nerves on edge in many places. These days, hordes of almajirai are being intercepted in virtually all the southern states in a manner never witnessed before. In response to this, Southern governors have been repatriating these children to their states of origin. Not surprisingly, this policy has triggered a chain of divisive reactions from the North and reopened the North-South fault lines. In spite of this, the influx has not abated, generating waves of tension between the…

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Orji Kalu Hires Six SANs, Six Others To Secure Release From Prison

Former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has hired the services of 12 lawyers, including six Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) to secure his release from prison. The Supreme Court had nullified his trial where he was jailed for 12 years over money laundering to the tune of N7.65 billion and ordered a fresh trial. But Kalu was still being kept in prison despite the Supreme Court’s judgment. However, the former governor filed a motion on notice against the Federal Government at the Federal High Court in Lagos, seeking to…

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Pres. Buhari Extends Lockdown By Two Weeks

The Federal Government, on Monday, said the recent order of President Muhammadu Buhari, on gradual ease of lockdown, will remain in force for another two weeks. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja. The President had on April 27, announced a “phased and gradual easing” of the lockdown in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states, while declaring a nationwide curfew with effect from May 4. He also ordered a ban on all…

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COVID-19 ‘School Feeding’ Should Be Probed – Vanguard

When President Muhammadu Buhari made his second national broadcast on the coronavirus pandemic on April 13, 2020, and said that the regime’s Homegrown School Feeding Programme, HSFG, would continue even after schools nationwide were shut for the pandemic lockdowns, Nigerians were shocked. People wondered how school children could be fed by the Federal Government while at home with their parents. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouk, explained that her ministry would deploy “vouchers” from door-to-door to feed the school children who are currently on their…

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COVID-19 Chinese Doctors In Nigeria Working, Not Missing — Embassy

The Chinese doctors and medics, who arrived in the country last month to help the Nigerian authorities in containing the ravaging Coronavirus, are not missing. The Chinese Embassy in Abuja confirmed on Sunday that contrary to claims by one of the leading political parties in Nigeria that the whereabouts of the medics in Nigeria remained unknown, the 14 medical experts were actively helping out in their duty posts to meet the mandate for which they came to Nigeria. A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy, Mr. Sun Saixiong, added that although…

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Kano Set To Deport Another 2,000 Almajirai

About 2,000 Almajirai pupils who underwent isolation in three quarantine centres in Kano are now ready to be deported to their respective states of origin. The Kano State Commissioner for Education and Chairman Almajiri Repatriation Committee, Alhaji Sanusi Kiru, disclosed this on Sunday when he led a delegation of women in Da’awah and some civil society organizations who inspected two quarantine centers at Kiru and Karaye respectively. He said the Almajirai pupils were isolated to ensure that they were in good health before being sent back to their states of…

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