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Saturday, April 11, 2020




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COVID-19 cases in Africa rise to over 11,900 with 608 deaths — WHO

The World Health Organization has revealed that confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Africa are now in excess of 11,900.

According to the new report by the WHO, Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, has fewer cases when compared to less populated countries like South Africa, Algeria and Cameroon who continue to top the list of countries with the highest reported cases. While the second-lowest confirmed cases of COVID-19 countries in Africa are Gambia with four cases and one death and Sao Tome with zero deaths from four cases.

The World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa, revealed the news on its official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Friday.

“COVID19 cases in Africa rise to over 11,900 – with 1,586 recoveries and 608 deaths reported,’’ it said.

COVID-19: No match is worth risking a life for, Football won't resume until things are 100% safe – FIFA

Football's world governing body, FIFA has revealed that football activities worldwide will not start until Coronavirus has ended and it becomes safe for people to attend public events and have mass gatherings, with FIFA President Gianni Infantino saying no 'match is worth risking a life for'

Infantino on Friday also said FIFA would help financially affected national football federations during the coronavirus pandemic as major leagues and competitions in the world have been halted causing a drastic stoppage of revenue streams.

FIFA last week postponed all international matches scheduled for June and also said players with expiring contracts this summer will have their contracts automatically extended.

“Our first priority, our principle, the one we will use for our competitions and encourage everyone to follow is that health comes first,” he said in a video message.

“I cannot stress this enough. No match, no competition, no league is worth risking a single human life.”

“It would be more than irresponsible to force competitions to resume if things are not 100% safe,” added Infantino.

“If we have to wait a little longer we must do so. It’s better to wait a little bit longer than to take any risks.”

“We are today in a very strong financial situation,” Infantino said.

“But our reserves are not FIFA’s money. It is football’s money. So when football is in need, we must think what we can do to help… It is our responsibility and our duty.”

Photos: President Buhari receives briefing from members of presidential taskforce for COVID-19

President Buhari received briefing from members of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 in the state House Abuja today April 10th.

At the meeting were the DG NCDC Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, SGF Boss Mustapha, Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire and DG National Agency for Control of Aids Dr Sani Aliyu.

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Governor Bala Mohammed attends crowded Juma'at service after recovering from Coronavirus (photos)

Governor Bala Mohammed on Friday April 10, attended a crowded Juma’at service at the Bauchi Central Mosque barely 24 hours after he announced that he has recovered from Coronavirus.

The Bauchi state Governor who spoke at the Mosque, thanked people of the state for their support, prayers and sympathy throughout the period of his isolation.

The Juma'at service was attended by his deputy, Senator Baba Tela; Chief of Staff, Government House, Dr Ladan Salihu; state PDP Chairman, Hamza Koshe Akuyam, among others. He was received by the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleimanu Adamu as confirmed in a statement released by Governor Bala's Senior Special Assistant on Media, Muktar Gidado.

Chief Imam of Bauchi, Imam Ahmed Baban Innah who led special prayers for Allah’s intervention on the Coronavirus pandemic, congratulated Governor Bala Mohammed on his recovery from the virus

Mikel Obi confirms interest from Brazilian club Botafogo a month after leaving Trabzonspor over Coronavirus pandemic

Former Super Eagles of Nigeria and Chelsea player John Mikel Obi has confirmed he is discussing a possible deal with Brazilian club Botafogo over a month since he left Turkish club Trabzonspor over the Coronavirus pandemic.

Mikel, 32, left Turkish club Trabzonspor by mutual consent in February after declaring that he did not feel comfortable playing during the COVID-19 pandemic while people were getting infected and dying all over the world and it hasn't taken long for him to start getting new offers

Mikel is now in regular contact with Botafogo boss Ricardo Rotenberg and hopes to iron out a deal when the Coronavirus pandemic is over.

Mikel speaking to ESPN about Botafago's interest in signing him, said: "Yes there has been interest and yes there has been negotiations.

"But I don't know yet. I am still thinking about it. Not sure yet."

Floyd Mayweather's daughter Yaya faces up to 99-Years in prison for stabbing NBA YoungBoy's babymama

Retired American boxer, Floyd Mayweather's 19-year-old daughter could spend decades in prison after being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following an altercation with her boyfriend NBA YoungBoy's baby mama.

Iyanna "Yaya" Mayweather, 19, pictured left, was arrested earlier this month after allegedly stabbing Lapattra Jacobs, who shares a child with her boyfriend, rapper NBA YoungBoy.

An altercation which reportedly occurred at the rapper's Houston home on Saturday April 4, prompted a physical fight between the women. It was reported while arguing the two women made their way into the kitchen of Youngboy's Houston home, where Mayweather picked up a knife and stabbed the Jacobs in the arms.

Iyanna Mayweather was arrested and booked into Harris County Jail after her alleged victim was rushed to a nearby hospital and underwent emergency surgery on her arms.

According to The Blast, Mayweather was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony that can carry a heavy sentence. If convicted on the charge, Mayweather could be slapped with a $10,000 fine or receive up to 99 years in prison.

The Blast also added that it's unlikely she will receive the maximum sentence, as she doesn't appear to have a criminal history.

Mayweather is being represented by Kurt Schaffer, a famed attorney who has worked for celebrities like Slim Thug, Pimp C, and J Prince among others.

"Iyanna is doing fine; although she remains shaken by this unfortunate incident," Schaffer told Bossip.

The attorney confirmed Mayweather will plead not guilty to the charge and he expects her to be "fully vindicated." Mayweather is reportedly due back in court in August.

New Ebola case logged in DR Congo days before outbreak's expected end

A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), days before the country's largest-ever outbreak was expected to be declared over.

The World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement on Friday April 10, and further disclosed that the new case was confirmed in Beni, a town at the heart of the epidemic in eastern DRC. The patient died on Thursday morning in a hospital after showing symptoms several days earlier.

The new case of the deadly disease was confirmed 52 days after the last case was recorded. Until Friday, no new cases had been registered since February 17.

WHO said in a statement;

"Preliminary information shows that he is a 26-year-old man in Beni territory," the multisectoral committee for the response to the epidemic said in a statement.

"Our teams, in collaboration with the WHO, are already on the ground to deepen the investigations and implement public health actions."

The country planned on Monday April 13, to declare an end to the outbreak which emerged in August 2018 and has since killed more than 2,200 people.

WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted;

"After 52 days without a case, surveillance & response teams on the ground have confirmed a new case. We have been preparing for and expecting more cases.

"Unfortunately, this means the government of DRC will not be able to declare an end to the Ebola outbreak on Monday, as hoped. But WHO remains on the ground and committed as ever to working with the government, affected communities and our partners to end the outbreak."

The outbreak has seen the use of experimental Ebola vaccines, a welcome development which has helped in rolling back the disease.

Lagos state records another COVID-19 related death

Lagos state has recorded another COVID-19 related death.

The state Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, announced this via his Twitter handle today April 11, stating that the patient died in a private hospital.

This brings to 4 the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the state. With 166 confirmed cases, Lagos remains the epicenter of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

Harvey Weinstein charged with third sexual assault case in Los Angeles

Movie producer and convicted rapist, Harvey Weinstein has been charged with a third case of alleged sexual assault in Los Angeles.

Prosecutors said they have added a second count of sexual battery related to the alleged assault of a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2010. They include forcible rape and sexual penetration by use of force.

The latest charge alleges the fallen movie mogul, 68, assaulted a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel on May 11, 2010.

The alleged victim was first interviewed by police in October 2019.

Los Angeles County district attorney Jackie Lacey said: “We are continuing to build and strengthen our case.”

“As we gather corroborating evidence, we have reached out to other possible sexual assault victims,” she said in a statement.

“If we find new evidence of a previously unreported crime, as we did here, we will investigate and determine whether additional criminal charges should be filed.”

According to Independent UK, prosecutors in Los Angeles have initiated a request for temporary custody of Weinstein from New York state as they begin the extradition process.He is to be arraigned on the Los Angeles charges once he arrives.

If convicted as charged in the revised complaint, Weinstein faces up to 29 years in prison. His lawyers have previously said they were planning an appeal.

Back in February, Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault in New York and is currently serving a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault in New York.


US becomes the first country to mark 2,000 Coronavirus deaths in 24 hours with 500,000 cases

The US on Friday, became the first country in the world to record 2,000 deaths in 24 hours making it the deadliest day from the Coronavirus pandemic any country has so far seen.

In a dark day for the country's health sector, the total number of Americans infected also ballooned to 500,000 as the Trump led nation with almost 18,798 deaths edges closer to Italy's death toll of 18,849.

New York made up almost half of the total death toll across the US and accounted for about a third of all deaths with over 7,000 deaths already in the state.

New Jersey is the second hardest-hit, with infections topping 54,588 and deaths reaching 1,932.

Dr Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus taskforce, on Friday warned it was too early to relax the government issued lockdown even though New York was showing positive results in the battle against coronavirus.

'What we're seeing right now is favorable signs,' Fauci said in an interview on CNN on Friday.

'We would want to see a clear indication that you were very, very clearly and strongly going in the right direction, because the one thing you don't want to do is you don't want to get out there prematurely and then wind up back in the same situation.

'The virus kind of decides whether or not it's going to be appropriate to open,' he said.

'We're going in the right direction, let's keep in that direction,' Dr Fauci said.

'Obviously we're looking for the kinds of things that would indicate that we can go forward in a gradual way to essentially reopen the country to a more normal way,' Fauci said, adding that it depended on a number of factors.
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