Live Updates: Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Nigeria


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Coronavirus which is now known as COVID-19  is generally declared by the World Health Organisation WHO as global Pandemic at Authentic News Giant We will give you Live Updates around the deadly Virus.

Coronavirus: Nigeria President Buhari on the Run, Hiding in Cuba – Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu has leaked that the Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari is on the Run and hiding together with Abba kyari in Cuba.

In another claim via his Facebook page on Saturday morning, the IPOB leader said that ‘Jubril Al-Sudani, a name he uses to refer to the Nigerian leader, is in Cuba alongside Abba Kyari. .. READ FULL:

Coronavirus Case now 81 in Nigeria

11 new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: 8 in Lagos, 2 in Enugu & 1 in Edo State As at 11:55pm 27th March, there are 81 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. 3 have been discharged with 1 death.


Coronavirus: Chioma Avril Rowland, Davido Girl Friend test Positive


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Chioma Avril Rowland the girl friend of the Popular Nigeria Music Artiste David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido has just tested Positive to the deadly Coronavirus.

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The artiste posted this on his Instagram page and Twitter Page and related they just “came back recently from America after cancelling tour” Davido added that he is currently in self-isolation.

As of today, Nigeria has recorded 71 cases of COVID-19.

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The Assurances crooner, however, said his result and that of his baby boy came out negative.

Davido recently returned from UK after he cancelled his tour due to outbreak of Coronavirus.

His post read: “Hey everyone ! I came back recently from America after cancelling tour. My fiancé Chioma also came back from London recently with our baby.

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“ We had no symptoms and still both feel perfectly fine but because of our recent travel history we decided to take ourselves and our all close associates we’ve come in recent contact with for the COVID-19 test on the 25th of March.

“Unfortunately, my fiancé’s results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby.

“We are, however doing perfectly fine yet to show any symptoms whatsoever. She is now being quarantined and I have also gone into full self isolation for the minimum 14 days.”

Davido urges his fans to stay at home and stop further spread of COVID-19.

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“I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless love and prayers in advance and to urge everyone to please stay at home as everyone to please stay at home as we control the spread of this virus! Together we can beat this!

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Obasanjo donates his Hilltop residence for isolation centre

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday announced that his former residence at the Presidential Hilltop, Abeokuta, Ogun State has been released for use as isolation centre for victims of the dreaded coronavirus disease.

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Obasanjo said the 32-room facility has been handed over to the Ogun State Government for immediate take over.

Lagos Coronavirus Cases may hit 39,000

The Lagos government has expressed fears that the state might record up to 39,000 cases of Covid-19 in the state.

Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, expressed this fear while briefing journalists at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja on Thursday afternoon.

He said though it may be the worst scenario, it could, however, be limited to 13,000 if everybody adheres to and practices the measures directed by the government, especially social distancing.


“Our mathematical modelling shows that the worst-case scenario is that we may see up to 39,000 cases in Lagos, but if everyone practices good social distancing, the figure will be limited to 13,000.

“If we add social distancing to active contact tracing, then we will be able to bend the curve further,” he said.

Abayomi, however, said that the figures were small as compared to outbreaks around the globe.

“The figures may seem alarming at this point, but this is just to emphasize to the Lagos community to follow instructions of the incident commander to make sure that we practice social distancing and other preventive measures.

“Looking at the same time frame from the introduction of the index case, you can see that Lagos State is not seen anywhere near what Spain, Italy and Iran are showing.

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“So, at weeks two and three of our index case, we are flat and at week four, we have 37 cases; while at the same fourth week, Italy, Iran and Spain had more than 20,000 cases.

“So, we are doing something right in the state,” Abayomi assured.

Coronavirus: Buhari release 10 Billion Naira to Lagos, 5 Billion to NCDC

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has just released 10 Billion Naira to the Lagos State Government and 5 Billion Naira to the Nigeria centre for Disease Control NCDC to fight the deadly Coronavirus in Nigeria.

Buhari expressed concerns for Nigeria during this tough time, the President made some requests and also gave some order. Read full: Coronavirus: Buhari release 10 Billion Naira to Lagos, 5 Billion to NCDC

Coronvirus: Confirmed Cases hits 65

Coronavirus tolls rises to 65 in Nigeria

Coronavirus tolls rises to 65 in Nigeria

14 new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: 2 in FCT, 12 in Lagos Of the 14, 6 were detected on a vessel, 3 are returning travellers into Nigeria & 1 is close contact of a confirmed case

Coronavirus: Boss Mustapha, Dr. Osagie Ehanire and Abdulaziz Marshi Result is Out

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, and the Permanent Secretary, Abdulaziz Marshi, have tested negative to Coronavirus


Ehanire revealed this during a press conference on Thursday in Abuja.

The health minister said that the results of the tests conducted on him, the SGF and Marshi were negative.

The test became necessary after they all had contacts with Malam Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, who tested positive to coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Buhari to release N6.5bn to NCDC to fight COVID-19

Barring any last minute change, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government will release N6.5bn emergency fund for the fight against Coronavirus.

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Buhari-led federal government is expected to release the money to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

This was disclosed by the President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad via his Twitter handle on Thursday.

According to Ahmad, Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning made the disclosure in Abuja.

He tweeted: “FLASH: The Federal Government is releasing additional N6.5 billion as an emergency intervention to the National Centre for Disease Control (@NCDCGov) as Nigeria intensifies the fight to curb the spread of the #COVID19 in the country, the finance minister has said y’day in Abuja.”

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 currently stands at 51, according to NCDC.

While one death has been recorded, two patients have recovered and discharged.

Coronavirus: Six patients reportedly recover from Covid-19 in Lagos

Six coronavirus patients in Lagos State have reportedly recovered from the disease.

This was disclosed by the Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on Health, Dr Tunde Ajayi.

Ajayi on his Twitter handle @thetundeajai said the six patients will soon be discharged.

“6 of our #COVID19 inpatients have recovered and will be discharged soon.

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“There’s something Lagos is doing right. Lagos takes the lead.” he added.

Meanwhile, Nigeria now has 51 confirmed cases of the disease.

Africa records 2,475 coronavirus cases, 64 deaths in 46 countries

Africa has recorded a total of 2,475 confirmed cases of coronavirus across 46 countries.

According to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Protection (AfricaCDC), as of Wednesday evening, out of the total 2,475 cases, the continent has recorded 64 deaths and 203 recoveries.

Below is the full list:

Central  Africa (145 cases, five deaths, three recoveries):

Cameroon 70 cases, one death, three recoveries

Central African Republic five cases

Chad three cases

Congo four cases

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Democratic Republic of Congo 48 cases, three deaths, one recovery

Equatorial Guinea nine cases

Gabon six cases, one death


East Africa (193 cases, three deaths, four recoveries):

Djibouti 11 cases

Eritrea one case

Ethiopia 12 cases, four recoveries

Kenya 25 cases

Madagascar 19 cases

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Mauritius 48 cases, 2 deaths

Rwanda 40 cases

Seychelles Seven cases

Somalia One case

Sudan Three cases, one death

Tanzania 12 cases

Uganda 14 cases


North Africa (953 cases, 47 deaths, 164 recoveries):

Algeria 264 cases, 19 deaths, 77 recoveries

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Egypt 402 cases, 20 deaths, 80 recoveries

Libya One case

Mauritania Two cases

Morocco 170 cases, five deaths, six recoveries

Tunisia 114 cases, three deaths, one recovery


Southern Africa (740 cases, one death, 12 recoveries):

Angola Two cases

Eswatini Five cases

Mozambique Three cases

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Namibia Six cases

South Africa 709 cases, 12 recoveries

Zambia 12 cases

Zimbabwe Three cases, one recovery


West Africa (444 cases, eight deaths, 20 recoveries)

Benin Five cases

Burkina Faso 114 cases, four deaths, five recoveries

Cape Verde Three cases

Côte d’lvoire 73 cases, three recoveries

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Gambia Three cases, one death

Ghana 68 cases, two deaths, one recovery

Guinea Four cases

Guinea-Bissau 2 cases

Liberia Three cases

Mali Two cases

Niger Two cases

Nigeria 46 cases, one death, two recoveries

Senegal 99 cases, eight recoveries

Togo 20 cases, one recovery

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Coronavirus spreads to Rivers, Toll hits 51 in Nigria


Coronavirus in Nigeria hit 51

Five new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: 2 in FCT, 2 in Lagos & 1 in Rivers 3 are returning travellers into Nigeria & 2 are close contacts of a confirmed case As at 11:25 pm 25th March, there are 51 confirmed cases 2 discharged 1 death

Coronavirus: Atiku donates N50m to fight virus

A former vice-president, and 2019 presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has pledged a sum of N50 million to Nigeria to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Abubakar made the announcement in a statement he issued on Wednesday.

According to him, the donation is being made on his behalf by Priam Group to form part of the stimulus package the federal government should create for Nigerians.

Atiku Abubakar, 2019 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, has condemned the attack on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in Germany. Atiku described the attack on Ekweremadu as uncivilised and undemocratic. Some members of IPOB had attacked Ekweremadu in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday during, where he was to give a keynote address at the Second Igbo Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany. Reacting to the attack, the former Vice President urged those behind the attack to turn a new leaf. In a series of tweets on Monday, Atiku said violence was not the way to resolve issues. Atiku tweeted, “The physical assault on the immediate past Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, in Nuremberg, Germany, is an uncivilised and undemocratic action that I condemn in totality. “To Senator Ekweremadu, I say that my family and I, and indeed most Nigerians, hold you in the highest esteem. An esteem that cannot be shaken by this incident. “Finally, I call on those behind the assault to turn a new leaf and repudiate violence in all its forms, to seek peace and pursue it and to learn to give honour to whom it is due.


The former vice president commended all individuals and corporate organisations who had contributed to Nigeria’s relief fund in one way or the other

Mr Abubakar called on more corporations and individuals with capacity, to assist the public in these trying times.

“To this end, Priam Group pledges N50 million on my behalf as my humble contribution to a relief Fund that will form part of the stimulus package.”

AUTHENTIC Reported that the former vice president Sunday, March 22nd, confirmed that his son had tested positive for the coronavirus pandemic.
Disclosing the development on his Twitter handle, Mr Abubakar urged Nigerians to pray for his son as he had been moved to Gwagwalada specialist teaching hospital.

He wrote: “My son has tested positive to coronavirus. @NCDCGov has been duly informed, and he has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment and management.

Wike closes land, sea, air borders to stop Coronavirus from entering Rivers State

More drastic measures have been taken be the Rivers State Government to stop the spread of Coronavirus into the state.

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Rivers is the one of the metropolitan states of the Federation yet to record a case of COVID-19.

Governor Nyesom Wike in a statewide broadcast announced that air, sea and land routes into the state will be closed to traffic, beginning 6am, Thursday, March 26, 2020.


Nyesom Wike- Governor Of Rivers State on Coronavirus

Wike said that the measure became necessary after Rivers state escaped recording a case of the global pandemic.

The Governor said, “But for the vigilance of security agents who, acting on a tip- off prevented an infected person from boarding a flight from Abuja to Port Harcourt.

“The infected person beat all security measures that were put in place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Abuja and was to sneak into Port Harcourt before security agents stopped her.

“Based on this alarming Information, the State Security Council met yesterday and reviewed measures already put in place and decided that there was urgent need to adopt stringent measures to protect those living and doing business in the state from the virus.

“The council has therefore taken the following painful decisions: With effect from 6pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020 , the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa will not be open to air traffic. While we may not have the right to stop flights from entering Port Harcourt, we cannot allow anybody coming from the airport to enter our State. We are confident that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and other federal agencies will cooperate with us.

“All Land and Sea Borders will be closed.

“Vehicular movements in an out of the state have been banned. In essence no vehicle will leave Rivers State for any other State and no vehicle will be allowed to enter the state.

“Let me reiterate that the situation we are facing requires drastic measures because coronavirus has ravaged many countries.

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Governor Wike said that the new measures will be in place till further notice.

The Rivers state Government Tuesday had announced a ban on all forms of open worship including crusades and vigils, public Burials and weddings were prohibited, while public parks, night clubs and Cinemas were directed to close down.

Coronavirus: Fayemi in self-isolation after meeting Bauchi Governor, Abba Kyari


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The Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday went into self-isolation after he had contact with Governor Bala Mohammed who tested positive to Coronavirus.

Mohammed on Tuesday confirmed that although he has no symptoms, he has been confirmed positive after having physical contact with Atiku Abubakar’s son.

Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari also tested positive to the deadly disease.

Fayemi on his Twitter page said he has sent his samples for test after coming in contact with two people who have tested positive to COVID-19.

The governor must have been present at the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and National Economic Council (NEC) meetings which had Gov. Bala Mohammed present.

His post read: “I just took a CoviD 19 test, having gone into self isolation since yesterday evening. I’m asymptomatic and feel well, but I was in meetings with two people who had since tested positive.

“I look forward to an all clear and have encouraged all my colleagues to take the test. “

Coronavirus: Osinbajo confirms his negative status

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Coronavirus – Osinbajo

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has tested negative for coronavirus.

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The vice president took the coronavirus test following his contact with the Chief of Staff to President Muhammad Buhari, Abba Kyari, who tested positive to the disease.

An earlier report had indicated that President Buhari also tested for the disease but his result returned negative.

Meanwhile, Vice President Osinbajo’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, had on Tuesday disclosed that his principal was in self-isolation.

Laolu confirmed the Vice President’s result in a text message on Wednesday.

He said, “ I have been inundated with calls on whether indeed the VP had undergone a COVID19 test and the outcome.

“Yes he has and results is negative.”

Osinbajo goes into self-isolation after coronavirus Rocks Aso Villa


Osinbajo – Coronavirus

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has gone into self-isolation as a precaution over the COVID-19 pandemic, TheCable understands.

Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has tested positive for the virus, leading to suggestions that other members of the federal executive council (FEC) should take precaution.

Only one seat separates Kyari and Osinbajo inside the council chambers where FEC meetings are held.

It is still not clear how Kyari contracted the virus, although suspicion is tied to his recent trip to Germany where he went with Sale Mamman, minister of power, to discuss power projects with Siemens.

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It is also possible that he caught the virus in Nigeria given the number of high-profile Nigerians who recently returned from the red zones.

However, Osinbajo is not leaving anything to chance as he has decided to self-isolate to avoid spreading the virus in the event that he too might have contracted it.

The vice-president was not in his office on Tuesday.

Laolu Akande, his spokesman, later confirmed that the nation’s number two citizen is in self-isolation.

Ade Ipaye, the deputy chief of staff who works with the vice-president, is also in isolation, sources told TheCable.

The presidential task force on COVID-19 toured the presidential villa on Tuesday afternoon, starting from the office of Kyari.

President Muhammadu Buhari has tested negative after his sample was taken following Kyari’s positive result.

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Coronavirus: Sanwo-Olu orders closure of all markets in Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the closure of all markets.

The order is effective March 26.

Those not affected are shops selling essential commodities such as medical equipment, water, foodstuff.

Sanwo-Olu made the announcement to the press on Tuesday.

“It is not a total lockdown, we still want people on essential services to go about their normal activities. We are trying to de-centralise markets in Lagos.

“This is why we want to use some of our closed schools as markets, so people can buy food and medicine without going a long distance.

“It is only when you are alive that you can talk about economics and finance,” he said.

Currently, there are 42 cases of coronavirus in Nigeria, with most in Lagos.

Bauchi governor tests positive for coronavirus

Bala Mohammed, governor of Bauchi state, has tested positive for coronavirus.

The governor had gone into self-isolation after shaking hands with a son of Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, who also tested positive for the virus.

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In a statement on Tuesday, Mukhtar Gidado, senior special assistant to the governor on media, said Mohammed is currently under quarantine.

“This is to inform the general public that the result of the Six initial tests carried out by the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) on His Excellency, Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, his family and aides that accompanied him to Lagos is out. Of the Six initial tests carried out, one sample was confirmed positive of COVID -19,” the statement read.

“The positive result happened to be that of His Excellency Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State.

“At this point, it should be noted that the Governor is in self-isolation as his Doctors and officials from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have taken full charge of his quarantine. His Excellency, solicits for prayers from all and requests that all those who had contact with him or any one known to have the same medical condition to go for test immediately in order to avert further spread of the COVID -19 epidemic.”

AMVCA participants exposed to coronavirus – Lagos

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi said on Tuesday that participants at the recently held Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award have been exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus.

The AMVCA 7 was held on March 14 at Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos

Abayomi, who stated this in a string of tweets, advised all attendees to observe strict self-isolation.

Of the 42 recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, 29 are in Lagos, as of the time of filing this report.

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Coronavirus: Aso Villa Shuts Down

Aso Villa, the Nigeria Power hub in Abuja, has been shut down following the confirmation on Tuesday that Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu, had tested positive for Coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: Nigerian Senate shuts down


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Nigeria Senate on Tuesday adjourned sitting for two weeks over the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.

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The decision which was announced by the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan came after a two-hour close door session.

They are to resume on 7th of April, 2020.

They also asked the Federal Government to devote funds specifically to fight the scourge, adding that states across the Federation should also be assisted with funds.

Lawan enjoined Senators to watch out for any emergency, while he asked the Senate Committee on Health and Communicable Disease to move into action to ensure proper coordination of activities.


Coronavirus: Abba Kyari tests positive as Buhari result came out Negative

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Buhari- Abba Kyari – Coronavirus

The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, has tested positive for Coronavirus meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari has tested negative for coronavirus.

Abba Kyari was said to have possibly contracted the virus during a visit to Germany and Egypt for a meeting on the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission, whose executive chairman, Prof. James Momoh, was part of.

The CoS attended many meetings after his return from the trips last week.

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Kyari was said to have started coughing during a meeting on Sunday at the Aso Rock Villa, fuelling speculation he could have the virus.

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His test result, which came in on Tuesday morning, confirmed him positive.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who had to take the test, however is negative.

More coronavirus cases reported in Lagos, Abuja


Coronavirus hits 40 in nigeria

The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.

The update was posted on NCDC Twitter handle, Monday night.

“Four new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria. 3 are in Lagos State and 1 in FCT. Two of these cases are returning travellers

“As at 11:00pm on the 23rd of March, there are 40 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. 2 have been discharged with 1 death recorded,” the tweet read.

The disease has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

A former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Suleiman Achimugu, reportedly died of coronavirus Monday morning.

PPMC is a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

He returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom a fortnight ago and started showing symptoms of the virus last Tuesday.

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Achimugu was said to have died around 2:00am on Monday.

The Nigerian government has shut land borders and directed public servants on Level 12 and below to work from home from Tuesday March 24.

Wike places lockdown on Churches, Cinemas, Parks, others

The Rivers State Governor has place lock down on Churches, Parks, cinemas, nightclubs among others due to coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement Released It reads:

In furtherance of the commitment of the Rivers State Government to protect residents of the state, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Monday announced that beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020, all public parks, night clubs and cinemas will remain closed till further notice.

In a State Broadcast on Monday, Governor Wike directed religious groups to temporarily stop all forms of open worship.

He said: “with effect from the same date(Tuesday, March 24, 2020), all public parks, night clubs and cinemas in the State are to remain closed till further notice.

“Similarly, after due consultations with religious leaders, it was agreed that all religious organisations are to temporarily stop all forms of open worship . Public burial and wedding ceremonies are also banned within this period.

“In view of the fact that the disease spreads fast through body contact, social distance has become imperative if we are to contain the spread.

“May I, therefore call on all Religious Leaders, Traditional Rulers and Opinion Leaders in the State to assist government to implement these decisions by ensuring that persons under their care do not fall foul of this directive. ”

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Wike on Coronavirus

Governor Wike directed Local Government Council Chairmen to ensure that public burials and weddings do not take place in their respective areas.

He said: “May I emphasise that Local Government Chairmen are to be held responsible if public burials and weddings take place in their Local Government Areas.

“Government will set up monitoring teams for the 23 Local Government Areas to ensure compliance. Defaulters will be seen as enemies of the State and will be made to face appropriate sanctions.


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“My Dear Good People of Rivers State, the essence of governance is to protect lives and we cannot be indifferent when this COVID-19 continues to claim lives world-wide.

“We urge everyone to remain calm and maintain social distance. We shall continue to review the situation and adjust accordingly.

“Like I said in my Broadcast last Friday, these decisions may seem painful for all of us but there is no price that is too much to pay for us to stay alive. ”

The Rivers State Governor stated with effect from Tuesday, March 24, 2020, surveillance posts will be set up across the state.

“The Rivers State Government having reviewed current developments across the country is desirous to further strengthen prevention measures across the State to keep our citizens safe.

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“To this end, with effect from tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 , Surveillance Posts are to be set up at the following Borders of the State:

(1) Emohua for motorists coming from Bayelsa and States

(2) Omerelu for motorists coming from Owerri

(3) Okehi for motorists coming from Imo State through Etche

(4) Akwuzie in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area for motorists coming from Imo State

(5)Oyigbo Toll Gate for motorists coming from Aba and

(6)Opoku in Khana Local Government Area for motorists coming from Akwa Ibom State.

“Marine entry points: Port Harcourt and Onne Ports , Nembe, Bille,Bonny and NLNG Jetties are also going to be under surveillance. Each of the Surveillance Posts shall be manned by trained health and security personnel who will ensure that motorists and seafarers are tested before they are allowed to enter the State.

“All motorists and seafarers are please enjoined to cooperate with the Surveillance teams as they have been empowered to legitimately enforce this directive,” Governor Wike said.

The Governor added: “I use this medium to call on citizens to minimise family visits . Rather , everyone should maintain contacts through the use of telephones. ”

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Coronavirus: Bauchi gov in self-isolation after meeting Atiku’s son

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Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, says he met and shook hands with Mohammed, the son of former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

The governor said in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, that he met Atiku’s son on an Aero Contractors’ flight recently.

He, therefore, stated that he had gone into self-isolation in line with the directive of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control.

The statement read in part, “This is to inform the general public that his Excellency, Bala Mohammed, has gone into self-isolation.

“This development is sequel to a report from the NCDC that the son of former VP of Nigeria was tested negative for the coronavirus upon his return from an international trip through Lagos.

“It would be recalled that Governor Bala Mohammed, who also recently returned from, an official trip in Lagos, met with Mohammed Atiku Abubakar in the Aero Contractor aircraft where they shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.

“So far, the governor has not exhibited any symptom of the disease but based on the recommendation of the NCDC, he will remain indoors to avoid the risk of spreading the disease. Currently, the blood sample of the governor is being taken and is undergoing a clinical test.”


Coronavirus: FG cancels meetings, threatens religious leaders flouting safety rules

The Federal Government has announced the cancellation of the meeting of heads of states and governments of the Chad Basin scheduled for next week.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced this at a media briefing in Abuja, on Monday.

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He said the cancellation was part of measures being taken by the government to stop the spread of the CoronaVirus.

Mohammed also said the government was prepared to bring the full weight of the law on religious leaders, pastors, and imams who continue to flout the directive on public gathering.

Coronavirus: Profile of Suleiman Achimugu, Nigeria first death

Suleiman Achimugu died Monday 23rd, March 2020 2am, The cause of his death is the deadly Coronavirus now known as Covid-19.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the death in its update on the virus on Monday.

It said the 67-year-old deceased had underlying medical issues and was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.

The patient, Suleiman Achimugu, former managing director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), died at 2am on Monday.

State: The deceased, a native of Kogi state, was said to have returned from the United Kingdom two weeks ago.

He was said to have started exhibiting the symptoms of the virus on Tuesday and the case was reported to the NCDC who took his blood specimen for a test.

He tested positive and was evacuated to the specialist hospital, Gwagwalada in Abuja but died while receiving treatment.

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According to a source, his family members are reportedly under quarantine at their home.

A statement from the family issued by Abubakar Achimugu said the deceased had been buried according to Islamic rites.

”Our family is deeply saddened to inform you of the sudden death of our beloved Father, Uncle, Brother and friend. Engr. Suleiman Achimugu (former Md of PPMC),” the statement read.

”He died of COVID 19 on 22/03/2020 some days after he arrived Nigeria from the UK. He was in self isolation upon his return from the UK and personally called NCDC after experiencing some discomfort that are related to COVID 19 symptoms.

”He tested positive and was promptly evacuated to the specialist hospital. He died while receiving treatment.

”We implore the general public to pray upon his soul and the recovery of infected persons .Your thoughts and prayers would be appreciated.

”Please maintain the public social distancing and restriction advice as we all walk through this very difficult time.He has since been buried according to Islamic rites. May Allah SWA have mercy on him.”

Earlier in the day, Nigeria recorded five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 36.

Out of the 36 cases, 33 are active while two patients have recovered and discharged.

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According to NCDC, the virus has spread to six states -FCT, with seven cases; Lagos, 24 cases; Oyo, one case; Ogun, two cases; Ekiti, one case and Edo, one case

Coronavirus: Nigeria records one Death

The first  Coronavirus death has just hit Nigeria for now.

National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed the death of a 67-year-old male Coronavirus patient, Aisha Sulaiman-Achimugu, who contacted the virus returned home following medical treatment in UK.

Mr  Sulaiman-Achimugu, a former Managing Director of Petroleum Pricing Monitoring Corporation, PPMC.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the case was a 67-year-old male who returned following a medical procedure in UK.



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He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma and diabetes and was undergoing chemotherapy.

Find more coronavirus update: Live Updates: Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Nigeria

Coronavirus: Aisha Buhari reacts as Atiku’s son tests positive

The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has prayed for the quick recovery of the son of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.

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She stated this while reacting to reports that the former Vice President’s son had tested positive for coronavirus.

Atiku in his statement noted that his son has been moved to Gwagwalada specialist hospital.

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Aisha Buhari in a post on her official Twitter account wrote: “Your Excellency, It’s with a deep sense of concern that I extend my sincere prayers towards the quick recovery of your dear son.”

“Allah renu en Amin.”

Five new coronavirus cases in Nigeria as disease spreads to Edo

Nigeria has recorded five new cases of the coronavirus, making a total of 35 cases in the country.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this via its Twitter handle on Monday.

It also said the virus has spread to six states — FCT, with six cases; Lagos, 24 cases; Oyo, one case; Ogun, two cases; Ekiti, one case, and Edo, one case.

Out of the 35 confirmed cases — only 33 are active — two patients have recovered from the disease and discharged.

The NCDC said the federal capital territory (FCT) and Lagos recorded two of the new cases each, while Edo recorded one.


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It added that two of those infected newly are returning travellers from the United Kingdom.

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Here is a timeline of the infection in Nigeria.

February 27: Nigeria confirmed its first case, an Italian citizen who returned from Milan.

March 9: The second case was confirmed, a Nigerian who had contact with the Italian citizen.

March 17: The third case was confirmed, a 30-year-old Nigerian who returned from the United Kingdom.

March 18: Nigeria confirmed five new cases of the virus, four of the new cases were in Lagos while one was in Ekiti.

March 19: The country confirmed four new cases of the virus.

March 21: 10 new cases were recorded: seven in Lagos, and three in Abuja.

March 22: Nigeria confirmed five new cases, three in Lagos, one in Oyo, and one in Abuja.

March 23: Five new cases confirmed, two of which are returning travellers from the UK.

Coronavirus: FG closes Lagos, Abuja airports

The federal government has ordered the two remaining international airports in Lagos and Abuja closed to all international flights, effective from 11pm on Monday, March 23, 2020.

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Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, had on Friday, during a briefing of the State House Correspondents, hinted of an eventual closure of the two other international airports.

However, on Saturday afternoon, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, in a statement, announced the planned closure of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had earlier on Friday announced the shutting the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano; Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and the Port-Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, starting from 12am on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

The statement, however, noted that emergency and essential flights are exempted from the restriction, adding also the all local flights would continue their normal schedules.

“Further to our earlier letter on restriction of international flights into Nigeria, we wish to inform you that effective Monday 23 rd March at 2300Z to 23rd April at 2300Z, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos (DNMM) and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja (DNAA) will be closed to all International flights.

“Emergency and essential fliqhts are exempted from this restriction.

“This is in addition to the closure of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano (DNKN), Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu (DNEN) and Port-Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa (DNPO) effective Saturday 21 March at 2300Z.

Coronavirus: Atiku confirms son is positive

Coronavirus is real as Atiku Abubakar, The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party has announced that his son tested positive for coronavirus.

He made his known via his verified Twitter handle on Sunday.

“My son has tested positive to coronavirus,” he tweeted. Read full here:click here

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Coronavirus cases in Abuja now four after new positive test

The federal capital territory (FCT) has confirmed one new case of the coronavirus in the nation’s capital.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this via its Twitter handle on Sunday.

This brings to 27 the total number of confirmed cases of the infection in Nigeria — with four of them in Abuja and 19 in Lagos.

Ogun has two cases while Ekiti and Oyo has one each.

The new case in Abuja comes barely 24 hours after the city recorded its first cases of COVID-19.

Here is a timeline of the infection in Nigeria.

February 27: Nigeria confirmed its first case, an Italian citizen who returned from Milan.

March 9: The second case was confirmed, a Nigerian who had contact with the Italian citizen.

March 17: The third case was confirmed, a 30-year-old Nigerian who returned from the United Kingdom.

March 18: Nigeria confirmed five new cases of the virus, four of the new cases were in Lagos while one was in Ekiti.

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March 19: The country confirmed four new cases of the virus.

March 21: 10 new cases were recorded: seven in Lagos, and three in Abuja.

March 22: Nigeria confirmed five new cases, three in Lagos, one in Oyo, and one in Abuja.

Lagos records three new cases of coronavirus — 26 patients now in Nigeria

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says three new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Lagos.

According to a tweet shared on the NCDC handle on Sunday, the cases had a history of travelling to high-risk countries in the last seven days.

This brings the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country to 26 as at 8:05am on Sunday.

This is including the case announced by Seyi Makinde, the governor of Oyo state, on Saturday night.

Two patients have been discharged since cases of the disease were confirmed in Nigeria.

There are 19 patients in Lagos; one in Ekiti; two in Ogun, and three in the federal capital territory (FCT).

“The COVID-19 confirmation test for the suspected case at Bodija has come back POSITIVE. The result was released at 17:35 PM of March 21, 2020,” Makinde had said.

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“Another returnee from Texas, USA, has also been identified at Oluyole local government area. She has been kept in self-isolation with close monitoring by the state epidemiological team. All recent returnees are again urged to identify themselves to ministry officials and self-isolate for 14 days.”

The agency urged anyone who returned to Nigeria from any country in the last 14 days to embark on self-isolation.

Nigeria records 10 new coronavirus cases — 3 in Abuja

Nigeria has recorded 10 new cases of coronavirus, including in the federal capital territory (FCT), Abuja.

Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, announced this on Saturday.

He said the infection is in three states in addition to the FCT — Lagos, Ekiti, and Ogun.

There is a total of 22 confirmed cases in the country currently.

The three cases in Abuja — two males and one female — all returned from abroad between March 14 and 18.

While one has been in self-isolation, the other two have not.

The minister also said the 10 new cases are Nigerians, and that nine of them have travel history to Canada, France, The Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom and returned in the past one week, while the tenth case is a close contact of a previously confirmed case.

Ehanire said: “Nigeria has recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Lagos and Abuja.

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“That is a total of 22 cases in Nigeria: Lagos, 16; FCT, 3; Ekiti, 1, and Ogun, 2.”

He added that two of the patients have been discharged, and that “all cases are clinically stable and receiving adequate care”.

One of the recent cases confirmed in Lagos was that of local transmission.

The patient in his 50s did not travel out of the country, but had contact with one of the patients that returned from abroad.

To curb the spread of the virus, the federal government banned travellers — with the exception of Nigerians — from 15 countries that have recorded more than 1,000 cases of the disease.

Most schools including tertiary institutions have also been shut down till further notice.

The FCT adminsitration had said it set up two isolation wards in the nation’s capital in response to the disease.

Italian who brought coronavirus to Nigeria discharged from hospital


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The Italian who imported coronavirus into Nigeria has been discharged from the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

AUTHENTIC NEWS GIANT  that the patient, who tested positive for the disease on February 28, left the hospital on Friday evening.

The man flew into Nigeria from Milan, Italy, on February 24. He had reportedly lodged at a hotel close to Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, before moving to Lafarge Africa Plc, Ewekoro in Ogun state, the next day.

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He fell sick on the third day of his stay in the country and tested positive for the disease two days after.

Subsequently, 39 people who had contact with him were quarantined but one of them tested positive for the disease while others were discharged but the Nigerian who contracted the disease later recovered.

Commenting on the release of the man from the hospital, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor, said the patient donated one unit of white blood (plasma) that would be used in treating other patients.

“The Italian gentleman who was the index case is now negative and is being discharged. Through a combined effort of Lagos State, Ogun State and Federal Health Authorities, we were able to limit the transmission of the virus to a single contact,” he said in a statement.

“This involved aggressive contact tracing and containment strategies. However we now have several new imported cases and we hope we can apply the same contact tracing strategy along with social distancing to slow down the outbreak which may be brewing from these new cases.

“The index patient consented to donating one unit of white blood ( plasma) before he was discharged today. The blood plasma is rich in antibody proteins that target #COVID19 virus.

“The white blood plasma is frozen in our Bio-bank and will be useful in handling new cases. The blood plasma will be beneficial for the treatment of new patients in the absence of a defined therapeutic drug for #COVID19 yet.

“The index patient appreciated the exceptional care and support given to him by staff of the mainland infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, all members of the EOC/and the Lagos State government.

“The EOC team was extremely happy to bid the patient farewell. Once again, we like to convey the enthusiasm of our team to do the very best possible in handling incidents of Coronavirus.”

Nigeria currently has 12 confirmed cases of the disease.

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WAEC postpones 2020 WASSCE

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Nigeria and West African Sub-region has put on hold the conduct of the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates earlier scheduled to commence on April 6, 2020. READ FULL: WAEC 2020 Postponed Indefinitely

Coronavirus: Schools, Religious Organisations Banned in Rivers State

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Nyesom Wike- Governor Of Rivers State

Rivers state has joined other states in the country to take precautionary measures against the spread of the Coronavirus.

The state government on Friday ordered the closure of private and public schools in the state.

This is coming hours after the federal government ordered the closure of tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools nationwide. READ FULL: Coronavirus: Schools, Religious Organisations Banned in Rivers State

Kaduna suspends religious, social gatherings

Kaduna State Government has advised religious leaders to suspend all religious gatherings such as Friday Juma’at prayers, daily congregational prayers and Sunday services as part of efforts to reduce the chances of spreading COVID-19.

This followed the state government’s containment measures that closed down all schools including nursery and primary schools, secondary schools and all tertiary institutions in the state effective Monday, March 23, 2020 for 30 days.

A statement issued from Sir Kashim Ibrahim House and signed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye stated that the administration was taking a cue from the decision of the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, ”the cradle of Islam, not to hold Juma’at prayers in the two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madina.”

”In many Muslim-majority countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, members of the public are encouraged to pray at home, and not congregate as is the practice in normal times,’’ he said. READ FULL

Coronavirus: Nigeria bans entry from US, UK, China, 10 other countries

The Federal Government  of Nigeria has banned entry into the country for travellers from 13 countries with high number of coronavirus cases. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, who disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja, said the countries are; China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Switzerland.

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The SGF said the restrictions will come into effect from Saturday, 21st March, 2020 for four weeks subject to review. Mustapha, who is also the Chairman of the 13-man Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, told newsmen that the affected countries recorded over 1,000 cases domestically. READ FULL: Coronavirus: Finally Nigeria Places Travel ban on US, China, UK, others

Nigeria confirms five new coronavirus cases



The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) has confirmed five new cases of the coronavirus in Nigeria within the last 36 hours.

The minister of health, Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire, in a statement Wednesday morning, revealed that three from the new cases arrived from the United States, while two came in from the United Kingdom. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had earlier tweeted about the new five cases.

WHO declares Coronavirus a pandemic


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The World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) a pandemic. WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the number of COVID-19 cases outside China has increased 13-fold, while the number of affected countries has tripled in the past two weeks.

Speaking during a media briefing on Wednesday in Geneva, he said there are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, adding that 4,291 people have lost their lives to the disease. He said thousands more were fighting for their lives in hospitals and that the number of cases, deaths, and affected countries were expected to climb even higher in the days and weeks ahead.

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Dr Tedros said WHO has been assessing the outbreak around the clock and was deeply concerned by both the alarming levels of spread and severity, as well as alarming levels of inaction. He said: “We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.”

A pandemic is a disease that has spread across a large region (such as many continents) or all over the world. The WHO boss, however, said that describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by the virus, what WHO was doing, nor what countries should do. He said: “Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.”

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He said WHO has never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus, adding that this was the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus. “And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled, at the same time. WHO has been in full response mode since we were notified of the first cases,” Dr Tedros said. While saying that the organisation has been calling on countries daily to take urgent and aggressive action, he said several countries have demonstrated that the virus could be suppressed and controlled.

He said 81 countries have not reported any case, and 57 countries have reported 10 cases or less, adding “If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace, and mobilize their people in the response, those with a handful of cases can prevent those cases becoming clusters, and those clusters becoming community transmission.” He advised all countries to strike a fine balance between protecting health, minimizing economic and social disruption, and respecting human rights. “WHO’s mandate is public health. But we’re working with many partners across all sectors to mitigate the social and economic consequences of this pandemic. “This is not just a public health crisis, it is a crisis that will touch every sector – so every sector and every individual must be involved in the fight,” he said.

FG releases N984m for Covid-19

The Federal Government of Nigeria has released N620 million, the second tranche of the funds needed to tackle the coronavirus (Covid-19) disease. This was disclosed in a statement by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, the Special Adviser, Media & Communications, to the Minister of Finance , Budget and National Planning.

HomeNewsFG releases N984m for Covid-19 ADVERTISEMENT FG releases N984m for Covid-19 By Chris Agabi | Published Date Mar 7, 2020 6:10 AM TwitterFacebookWhatsAppTelegram The Federal Government of Nigeria has released N620 million, the second tranche of the funds needed to tackle the coronavirus (Covid-19) disease. This was disclosed in a statement by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, the Special Adviser, Media & Communications, to the Minister of Finance , Budget and National Planning late evening Friday.

The Ministry had released the first tranche of N364 million sometime ago and the process of releasing the second tranche has been concluded with the release of N620 million this morning, bringing total release to N984 million. The statement noted that “the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari for the release of funds to tackle COVID-19 was an emergency and the process of releasing the fund was also an emergency as it was an unexpected expenditure.” Read more:

Lagos records first coronavirus case in Nigeria

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The Federal Ministry of Health on Friday confirmed the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country. Minister of Health, Doctor Osagie Ehanire in a statement said the case, confirmed in Lagos State was an Italian citizen who worked in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos on the 25th of February.
READ FULL: Coronavirus lands in Nigeria


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