#Coronavirus : Nigeria hits its first 100 positive #Covid19 case

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#Covid19 update: #NigerianPresident FINALLY takes control, imposes Curfew on Lagos, Abuja and Ogun for two weeks

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#BREAKINGNEWS: The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has declared curfew in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States. . He said the restriction was to curb the transmission of the coronavirus in the states, where it is prevalent. . The PUNCH reports that Lagos has the highest number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Nigeria. . He said this during a nationwide broadcast on Sunday. . He said, “Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020. This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States. . “All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period. . “The Governors of Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the Minister of the FCT, have been notified. Furthermore, heads of security and intelligence agencies have also been briefed. . “We will use this containment period to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases. We will ensure the treatment of confirmed cases while restricting further spread to other States. . “This order does not apply to hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care-related manufacturing and distribution. . “Furthermore, commercial establishments such as; food processing, distribution and retail companies; petroleum distribution and retail entities, power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and private security companies are also exempted. . “Although these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored. . “Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted.” —— Follow us for breaking news and videos —— #buhari #curfew #lagos #abuja #ogun #coronavirus #punchnewspapers

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Fellow Nigerians,

From the first signs that Coronavirus, or COVID-19 was turning into an epidemic and was officially declared a world-wide emergency, the Federal Government started planning preventive, containment and curative measures in the event the disease hits Nigeria.

The whole instruments of government are now mobilized to confront what has now become both a health emergency and an economic crisis.

Nigeria, unfortunately, confirmed its first case on 27th February 2020. Since then, we have seen the number of confirmed cases rise slowly.

By the morning of March 29th, 2020, the total confirmed cases within Nigeria had risen to ninety-seven.

Regrettably, we also had our first fatality, a former employee of PPMC, who died on 23rd March 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this very difficult time. We also pray for quick recovery for those infected and undergoing treatment.

As of today, COVID-19 has no cure. Scientists around the world are working very hard to develop a vaccine.

We are in touch with these institutions as they work towards a solution that will be certified by international and local medical authorities within the shortest possible time.

For now, the best and most efficient way to avoid getting infected is through regular hygienic and sanitary practices as well as social distancing.

As individuals, we remain the greatest weapon to fight this pandemic. By washing our hands regularly with clean water and soap, disinfecting frequently used surfaces and areas, coughing into a tissue or elbow and strictly adhering to infection prevention control measures in health facilities, we can contain this virus.

Since the outbreak was reported in China, our Government has been monitoring the situation closely and studying the various responses adopted by other countries.

Indeed, the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was one of ten global health leaders invited by the World Health Organisation to visit China and understudy their response approach. I am personally very proud of Dr Ihekweazu for doing this on behalf of all Nigerians.

Since his return, the NCDC has been implementing numerous strategies and programs in Nigeria to ensure that the adverse impact of this virus on our country is minimized. We ask all Nigerians to support the work the Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC are doing, led by the Presidential Task Force.

Although we have adopted strategies used globally, our implementation programs have been tailored to reflect our local realities.

In Nigeria, we are taking a two step approach.

First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind.

To date, we have introduced healthcare measures, border security, fiscal and monetary policies in our response. We shall continue to do so as the situation unfolds.

Some of these measures will surely cause major inconveniences to many citizens. But these are sacrifices we should all be willing and ready to make for the greater good of our country.

In Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19, there is no such thing as an overreaction or an under reaction. It is all about the right reaction by the right agencies and trained experts.

Accordingly, as a Government, we will continue to rely on guidance of our medical professionals and experts at the Ministry of Health, NCDC and other relevant agencies through this difficult time.

I therefore urge all citizens to adhere to their guidelines as they are released from time to time.

As we are all aware, Lagos and Abuja have the majority of confirmed cases in Nigeria. Our focus therefore remains to urgently and drastically contain these cases, and to support other states and regions in the best way we can.

This is why we provided an initial intervention of fifteen billion Naira (N15b) to support the national response as we fight to contain and control the spread.

We also created a Presidential Task Force (PTF) to develop a workable National Response Strategy that is being reviewed on a daily basis as the requirements change. This strategy takes international best practices but adopts them to suit our unique local circumstances.

Our goal is to ensure all States have the right support and manpower to respond immediately.

So far, in Lagos and Abuja, we have recruited hundreds of adhoc staff to man our call centers and support our tracing and testing efforts.

I also requested, through the Nigeria Governors Forum, for all State Governments to nominate Doctors and Nurses who will be trained by the NCDC and Lagos State Government on tactical and operational response to the virus in case it spreads to other states.

This training will also include medical representatives from our armed forces, paramilitary and security and intelligence agencies.

As a nation, our response must be guided, systematic and professional. There is a need for consistency across the nation. All inconsistencies in policy guidelines between Federal and State agencies will be eliminated.

As I mentioned earlier, as at this morning we had ninety-seven confirmed cases. Majority of these are in Lagos and Abuja. All the confirmed cases are getting the necessary medical care.

Our agencies are currently working hard to identify cases and people these patients have been in contact with.

The few confirmed cases outside Lagos and Abuja are linked to persons who have travelled from these centres.

We are therefore working to ensure such inter state and intercity movements are restricted to prevent further spread.

Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020. This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States.

All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period.

The Governors of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Minister of the FCT have been notified. Furthermore, heads of security and intelligence agencies have also been briefed.

We will use this containment period to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases. We will ensure the treatment of confirmed cases while restricting further spread to other States.

This order does not apply to hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and distribution.

Furthermore, commercial establishments such as;
a. food processing, distribution and retail companies;
b. petroleum distribution and retail entities,
c. power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and
d. private security companies are also exempted.

Although these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored.

Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted.

All seaports in Lagos shall remain operational in accordance with the guidelines I issued earlier. Vehicles and drivers conveying essential cargoes from these Ports to other parts of the country will be screened thoroughly before departure by the Ports Health Authority.

Furthermore, all vehicles conveying food and other essential humanitarian items into these locations from other parts of the country will also be screened thoroughly before they are allowed to enter these restricted areas.

Accordingly, the Hon. Minister of Health is hereby directed to redeploy all Port Health Authority employees previously stationed in the Lagos and Abuja Airports to key roads that serve as entry and exit points to these restricted zones.

Movements of all passenger aircraft, both commercial and private jets, are hereby suspended. Special permits will be issued on a needs basis.

We are fully aware that such measures will cause much hardship and inconvenience to many citizens. But this is a matter of life and death, if we look at the dreadful daily toll of deaths in Italy, France and Spain.

However, we must all see this as our national and patriotic duty to control and contain the spread of this virus. I will therefore ask all of us affected by this order to put aside our personal comfort to safeguard ourselves and fellow human beings. This common enemy can only be controlled if we all come together and obey scientific and medical advice.

As we remain ready to enforce these measures, we should see this as our individual contribution in the war against COVID-19. Many other countries have taken far stricter measures in a bid to control the spread of the virus with positive results.

For residents of satellite and commuter towns and communities around Lagos and Abuja whose livelihoods will surely be affected by some of these restrictive measures, we shall deploy relief materials to ease their pains in the coming weeks.

Furthermore, although schools are closed, I have instructed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to work with State Governments in developing a strategy on how to sustain the school feeding program during this period without compromising our social distancing policies. The Minister will be contacting the affected States and agree on detailed next steps.

Furthermore, I have directed that a three month repayment moratorium for all TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans be implemented with immediate effect.

I have also directed that a similar moratorium be given to all Federal Government funded loans issued by the Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture and the Nigeria Export Import Bank.

For on-lending facilities using capital from international and multilateral development partners, I have directed our development financial institutions to engage these development partners and negotiate concessions to ease the pains of the borrowers.

For the most vulnerable in our society, I have directed that the conditional cash transfers for the next two months be paid immediately. Our Internally displaced persons will also receive two months of food rations in the coming weeks.

We also call on all Nigerians to take personal responsibility to support those who are vulnerable within their communities, helping them with whatever they may need.

As we all pray for the best possible outcome, we shall continue planning for all eventualities.

This is why I directed that all Federal Government Stadia, Pilgrims camps and other facilities be converted to isolation centers and makeshift hospitals.

My fellow Nigerians, as a Government, we will avail all necessary resources to support the response and recovery. We remain committed to do whatever it takes to confront COVID-19 in our country.

We are very grateful to see the emerging support of the private sector and individuals to the response as well as our development partners.

At this point, I will ask that all contributions and donations be coordinated and centralized to ensure efficient and impactful spending. The Presidential Task Force remains the central coordinating body on the COVID-19 response.

I want to assure you all that Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies with a role to play in the outbreak response are working hard to bring this virus under control.

Every nation in the world is challenged at this time. But we have seen countries where citizens have come together to reduce the spread of the virus.

I will therefore implore you again to strictly comply with the guidelines issued and also do your bit to support Government and the most vulnerable in your communities.

I will take this opportunity to thank all our public health workforce, health care workers, port health authorities and other essential staff on the frontlines of the response for their dedication and commitment. You are true heroes.

I thank you all for listening. May God continue to bless and protect us all.

President Muhammadu Buhari
29th March 2020.

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Explosives detonate during transportation destroying land, road and property in #Ondo

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#Happybirthday #Jagaban: Lagos State Celebrates its Owner/Landlord as he turns 68 years

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It is indeed with great pleasure and joy, that I join millions of avid admirers and followers (me inclusive) to felicitate with our National Leader for the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on his 68th birthday, today Sunday March 29, 2020. What do you say about a man of many parts on his birthday? A visionary, a leader with exceptional abilities in different areas of human endeavour, An epitome of humility and humanity, a welfarist and a cheerful giver. Indeed your achievements are almost impossible to capture in a book, how much more in a single statement. You are indeed a great leader, who achieved greatness through hard work, perseverance, foresight, humility and generosity. You are a rare leader who is just and fair to his associates and followers alike. Your strength lies in your firm belief in a united and indivisible Nigeria that is devoid of religious and ethnic bigotry. Asiwaju as a pathfinder, navigated and charted the developmental course of modern Lagos, you singlehandedly raised the bar of governance and public service in the State. You are a leader who has built more leaders than followers and yet, you are never threatened by the achievements and attainments of your protégés, whom you have groomed to become great leaders as well. You are an astute politician whose name would be boldly written in gold whilst telling the story of Nigeria’s democracy. I wish the Jagaban Borgu, a birthday full of joy and good health, even as we battle the ravaging COVID-19 in Nigeria and the rest of the world. As you march on to higher pedestal in life, may the Almighty God go with you in every step of the way and support you to accomplish more in the service of humanity. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBU Igba odun, Odun kan.

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#Coronavirus update: Wife to Canadian Prime Minister makes full recovery

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Canadian PM's wife has recovered from coronavirus illness Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife said Saturday that she has recovered from being ill from COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus. “I am feeling so much better,” Sophie Gregoire Trudeau said in a statement on social media. She said she received the clearance from her doctor and Ottawa Public Health. Trudeau's office announced on March 12 that she had tested positive for the coronavirus after she fell ill upon returning from a trip to London. The prime minister and his family have been in self isolation at home since then. He and their three children didn't show symptoms. Justin Trudeau has been giving daily news conferences outside his residence. He said earlier Saturday that his wife was in in fine form. “From the bottom of my heart, I want to say thank you to everyone who reached out to me with their well wishes. And to everyone who is suffering right now, I send you all my love,” she said. Ontario, Canada's most populous province, meanwhile, said Saturday that it is prohibiting gatherings of five people or more. The order was effective immediately and replaced one that prohibited public events of over 50 people. It does not apply to households with five or more people, and funerals will be permitted with up to 10 people at one time. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said if the virus is to be stopped, extraordinary measures are needed to ensure physical distancing. The province has already closed all nonessential services. Quebec announced police checkpoints in eight regions outside the province's major cities where the population is deemed more at risk. Quebec Deputy Premier Genevieve Guilbault said that only essential travel will be allowed in those areas and that provincial police have also set up checkpoints near the Canada-U.S. border to intercept snowbirds coming back to Quebec to ensure they understand there is a 14-day quarantine. Canada has more than 5,616 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 61 deaths. About 445 people have recovered. Source: abcNEWS

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Helping #Italy: #Germany begins air lifting Italy’s #Coronavirus patients for treatment

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Governor Nasiru El-rufai of Kaduna State reveals he has tested positive to #Covid19

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Update: #Coronavirus Death #worldwide now at 30,943


The number of deaths by Coronavirus is now at 30,943 and the majority of them come from Italy, Spain, and China with 10,023 , 5984, and 3300 respectively. Please abide by the rules and stay at home for your own good.

I think the fact that the virus is now mutating and now showing signs and symptoms in some people, is yet again making people taking for a joke. Leaders like Trump who made a joke of it and called it an ordinary flu during a press conference, thereby reducing the seriousness that the US people would have given to the Virus, and cause a complacence in the people and now they have the highest positive cases in the world with 124,697.. God save us.

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#Dyson reportedly making 15,000 Ventilators for #Covid19 patients in the #UK


Reposted from @cnn Dyson, which is best known for its vacuum cleaners and hand dryers, designed and built an entirely new ventilator after the company’s founder, James Dyson, received an order from the UK government. The company will be producing 10,000 for the country’s National Health Service to treat coronavirus patients, and James Dyson said he would donate 5,000 units of the “CoVent” to the international effort to tackle the pandemic. (📸: Dyson) – #regrann

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Photos of President Buhari receiving #Covid19 briefing from the minister of health Spark a reaction.

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There will be no #curfew in #Lagos for now — Sanwoolu

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Multiple Opinions soar as the Adelekes get hit by #Covid19

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Corona got Chioma as well….fack!!

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#Covid19 : Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo imposes dusk to Dawn curfew and bans inter-state transportation

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COVID-19: Makinde Bans Inter-state Transportation, Imposes Dusk To Dawn Curfew Following the discovery of additional two cases of Coronavirus in Oyo State, governor Seyi Makinde has directed that inter- state transportation be suspended. Makinde who is the state chairman of COVID-19 task force while giving update on the situation, only vehicles carrying food items, medical products and equipment. He said, “Inter-state transportation into and out of the state will be suspended except vehicles carrying food items, medical, pharmaceutical and petroleum products. This takes effect from Sunday night, March 29, 2020 pharmaceutical and petroleum would be allowed into the state with effect from Sunday night, March 29, 2020”. The governor also directed that a dusk to dawn curfew (7 PM to 6 AM); no gatherings of more than ten people should be held anywhere in Oyo State. From Sunday night, March 29, 2020, all markets will be closed except those selling perishable food items. However, he said all measures will be reviewed on a weekly basis. On the COVID-19, he said confirmation test for two suspected cases have come back positive, while isolation process had been initiated. According to him, 84 persons of interest have been identified, and contact tracing and collection of samples have commenced. He disclosed that the state’s diagnostic centre set up in collaboration with the University College Hospital is now ready, while the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) certification was still pending but the Director General of NCDC had made a pre-statement about the molecular laboratory in Oyo State. “The index case remains stable and is still under observation in the isolation unit at Agbami Chest Centre, Jericho. The number of confirmed cases in Oyo State is now three. “As part of our COVID-19 sensitization programme, over 30,000 handbills in English, Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa have been produced for distribution. “We thank NPG Farms and Hatcheries for their donation of 1000 X 100 ml and 100 X 500 ml hand sanitizers to Oyo State. These will be distributed in markets from tomorrow”, the governor said. . Source: #seyimakinde #oyost

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Spiritual #IndianBoy who correctly predicted the start date of #Covid19 yet again predicts it’s end date

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Corona Virus To End May 29th, Says Indian Boy Who Correctly Predicted It's Start, 8 Months Ago On August 22nd 2019, on his YouTube channel conscience, 14 year old Abighya Anand, predicted that the world will enter into a tough phase starting November 2019 to April 2020. This 6 month period will see spread of a global disease and rise in global tensions. At the height of it all will be March 31st which will mark the climax of this state, with the world looking tense. However on May 29th as the earth orbits away from this tough period, it will mark the decline of the global disease as spread of it will be more manageable. Anand, is a famous Indian protégé who has been featured on numerous magazines. Notably in 2013 he was interviewed on the Indian Times where his astrological skills were put to test. And to the amazement of many, his knowledge on astrology was considered child’s play. He has rightly by use of astrology predicted prices of gold and silver and other Indian related activities. On the corona virus, it is to be noted that it is a global war. A war between the virus and humanity, and whether governments are involved is your guess. But one thing is clear, it is war nonetheless. This he insists. Why Anand considers March 31st to be the climax is based on astrology. Where he cites that Mars will conjunct with Saturn and Jupiter while the Moon and Rahu, will also conjunct. Rahus is the north node of the Moon. This is a rare occurrence since in astrology Mars Saturn and Jupiter are considered the most powerful planets due to the fact that they all are on the outer ring of the solar system. Hence when they are all aligned, their power over earth is enormous. While as for the Moon and Rahu conjunction, it is also very powerful since the Moon is considered the planet of watery spreading. While as for Rahu it is considered the communicator planet.

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Federal Government to shut down Lagos and Abuja International Airports March 23rd to curb spread of #Covid19

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