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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

One COVID19 patient discharged in Kaduna

One of the six confirmed cases of COVID19 in Kaduna state has been dischraged from the state Infectious Disease Centre.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Mohammed Baloni who broke the news today Wednesday April 15th, said that the patient has recovered following treatment at the isolation centre. According to her, the patient’s recovery ‘’ has been confirmed by two consecutive negative results, the second of which came yesterday, Tuesday, 14 April 2020.’’

The Commissioner further said that the ‘’ state government is looking forward to the recovery and discharge of the other five Covid-19 patients in the state.’’

The Commissioner acknowledged the dedicated contributions of our various teams that are contributing to our collective Covid-19 efforts. We also wish to pay tribute to the medical professionals at the Infectious Disease Centre for the successful management of this patient.

‘’The Ministry of Health wishes to remind residents of Kaduna State that it is safer and cheaper to observe preventive measures than to treat Covid-19. Citizens must wash their hands regularly with soap and water and scrupulously observe social distancing.

‘’ They are also advised to avoid large gatherings and stay at home, except it is absolutely necessary to go out. Wherever they are, they should also practise respiratory hygiene,’’ she advised

The state governor, Nasir El-Rufai is one of the five patients infected with the viral disease in the state.

Trump's name to be added to Coronavirus relief cheques sent to Americans

US President and Billionaire, Donald Trump's name will be added to Economic stimulus relief cheques sent to millions of Americans meant to combat the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a last-minute Treasury Department order, Trump's name was added even though there are reports that the inclusion of his name will result in a delay for Americans receiving those checks, a process that could take as long as 20 weeks.

According to the Washington Post, "President Donald J. Trump" would appear in the memo line on the left side of the checks -- marking the first time a president's written name is featured on an IRS check.

A treasury spokesperson has denied claims Trump's name inclusion will delay the timing of the cheques.

"Economic Impact Payment checks are scheduled to go out on time and exactly as planned -- there is absolutely no delay whatsoever," A Treasury spokesperson told the Washington Post

According to a US House Ways and Means Committee memo, the paper checks will be issued at a rate of about 5 million per week and people with the lowest incomes, based on adjusted gross income, will receive their checks first, a process that could take up to 20 weeks to issue all.

According to Washington Post, Trump had confidentially asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin if he could officially sign the checks, but he has denied those reports as a president is not authorized to sign Treasury payments in order to protect the checks from politicization.

"No. Me sign? No. There's millions of checks. I'm going to sign them? No. It's a Trump administration initiative,"Trump said on April 3.

"But do I want to sign them? No."

Trump, the senate and the House of Reps in March signed into law a historic 2 trillion Dollars economic stimulus bill to pay Americans during the Coronavirus pandemic and offset economic hardships suffered by the people this period. The first set of cheques will be paid next week.

"11 have died of Coronavirus. How many have died of hunger?" APC Southwest youth leader tells those complaining of hunger amid lockdown

A Southwest youth leader of the APC has been called out after he dismissed the concerns of those complaining of hunger amid the Coronavirus lockdown.

Lawal Aketi Paff wrote: "In the last 15days how many people have died of hunger in Nigeria? But eleven people have died of Corona Virus in the said period."

His post was considered insensitive and people called him out for it.

See some reactions below.

Jailed rapper YNW Melly denied early prison release despite 'Contracting Coronavirus'

Jailed rapper, YNW Melly will reportedly remain behind bars despite testing positive for Coronavirus.

The 20-year-old rapper whose real name is Jamell Maurice Demons had filed an emergency motion for restricted release through his attorney after contracting the disease at Broward County Jail.

His attorney, Bradford Cohen, said the artiste was suffering from chills, body aches, and breathing difficulties in the week after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and feared his client's condition would worsen.

"He still has headaches and body aches. Mr. Demons is 114 lbs. The jail is just ill prepared if his diagnosis takes a turn for the worse," Cohen said in legal documents filed on Monday, which call for the emergency motion for his conditional release. "They have not given them masks, or cleaning supplies that would be beneficial regarding his recovery."

According to TMZ, the motion has been denied by a judge.

The judge’s order reportedly stated that while Melly is being held in jail he can request special medical treatment from the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Melly is still awaiting trial at the Broward County Jail for the double murder charges, to which he plead not guilty. He faces life in prison or the death penalty if convicted.

63-year-old man with no travel history or contact with any confirmed case dies of #COVID-19 in Lagos

A 63-year-old man has died of COVID19 in Lagos.

The state Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, who announced this, said the deceased had no travel history nor any contact with any of the confirmed cases of COVID19 cases.

''25 new cases of #COVID19 Infection confirmed in Lagos State.

Total number of confirmed #COVID19Lagos cases rises to 217

8 fully recovered #COVID19 patients; 2 females & 6 males were discharged

Total discharged #COVID19 patients in Lagos is now 69.

Lagos recorded another #COVID19 death; a 63 year old male, Nigerian

who had no history of travel or contact with any confirmed case.

Total #COVID19 related deaths now stands at 7'' his tweet read

Stray bullet hits noodles seller after police allegedly fired shots to disperse protesting women in Cross River

A noodles seller in Igwo community of Cross River has been hospitalized after she was hit by a stray bullet on Tuesday night, April 14, in Cross River state.

The woman was allegedly shot at by men of the Mopol 75 Squad of the Nigerian Police Force, Cross River Command.

The officers were trying to disperse the crowd during a face-off with women of Igwo community in Obudu local government area of the state.

The yet-to-be-identified noodles seller, who was present at the scene of the clash, is reportedly undergoing treatment in a medical facility in the state.

An eye witness told CrossRiverwatch that the police officers fired bullets and tear gas at the protesting women who stripped naked to express their displeasure.

"As at the time I left there around 9:30PM, the shooting continued and the Mopol had also fired tear gas with the women stripping bare," the eyewitness said.

Ushe Adie, another eyewitness at the scene said the protesting women threw stones into the compound shattering a windowpane and this caused police to begin shooting.

"The women were said to have thrown stones into the compound and shattered a window pane which some are saying really infuriated the Mopol men," Adie said.

According to reports, the women of the community were protesting a mass arrest by the mobile police which was followed by the alleged killing of a community head.

The women also alleged that the mobile police squad had razed the building of the Igwo clan head due to a land disagreement.

The disagreements ensued over a purpoted payment of compensations by the state government for plots of land meant for the construction of a cargo airport in the community

21-year-old meat seller arrested for allegedly raping an 8-year-old girl in Abuja

A 21-year-old meat seller has been arrested for allegedly raping an 8-year-old girl in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Yakubu Diko has been remanded in prison after he was accused of tricking the young girl into his home before raping her about three weeks ago.

Abiodun Essiet, a Special Adviser to the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area council (AMAC), said Diko approached the playground where the girl was with her peers and chased everyone except the little girl, The ICIR reports.

He beckoned to the girl, pretending he wanted to send her on an errand.

When she followed him into the house, Diko allegedly squeezed a towel in the girl’s mouth, held her down and sexually abused her. He then warned her not to tell anyone what had happened.

However, on the third day after the incident, the victim started bleeding while trying to urinate and the pain made her cry. It was then that her parents became aware that she had been raped.

The parents reported the case to the community chief, who then spoke to Essiet and sought her guidance in handling the rape case.

Essiet advised the chief to report the case to the Karimo Sabo station after the girl was examined in a clinic and confirmed to have been sexually abused.

In the medical report sighted by The ICIR , the young girl’s clinical report read that her labia minora was swollen with her hymen broken, indicating forced penetration.

Dikko was arrested and locked him up in a cell.

However, after spending two weeks in the cell, the parents of the suspect pleaded with the girl’s parents to have him released, saying they were ready to settle out of court.

The girl’s family agreed and requested that the man be released.

On getting to the police station, they were referred back to Essiet, who acting as a representative of the social welfare unit of AMAC, warned that anyone who tried to frustrate the case would be arrested for obstructing justice.

The suspect, therefore, has been relocated to the Force's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for further prosecution, Essiet said.
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