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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

No evidence yet that mysterious deaths in Kano was caused by Coronavirus — Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire

The Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire on Tuesday May 5, stated there is still no evidence which suggests that the mysterious deaths in Kano was caused by Coronavirus.

Osagie disclosed this in a meeting with members of the House of Representatives. He said investigations into the deaths are of three streams and there is no result yet linking them to Coronavirus.

He said;

“That test is still going on, and there are no results.

“There was never a case of him (the task force coordinator) saying 80 per cent of people died from that or any other disease at all.

“The person did not ever say that the people died from coronavirus.”

Commenting on the Coronavirus cases in Kano state, the Minister said 95 percent of the cases are in about seven municipal councils which makes it more necessary to restrict movements.

This came hours after Dr Nasiru Sani Gwarzo, leader of the Ministerial Task Team on COVID-19 denied linking the mysterious deaths in Kano to Coronavirus. He insisted that he was misquoted as health officials are yet to conclude their investigations.

Dr Gwarzo said;

”It will be wrong for me to preempt the report of the medical experts.

“Some of the national dailies reported a percentage of people that died of COVID-19 in the state, that is not true.

“The state is doing a verbal autopsy and the result is not out.

“I want to use this opportunity to reiterate that the newspaper reports were wrong and absolutely wrong.

“It is not the responsibility of the Ministerial Task Team to announce the result of the findings, it is the state government’s responsibility to do so.”

Emir of Daura 'hospitalized and in intensive care' after his palace was sealed over Coronavirus cases

The Emir of Daura, Umar Faruk was reportedly hospitalized and placed in the intensive care unit of the Federal Medical Center Katsina for an “undisclosed ailments” on Tuesday May 5.

Daily Trust reported that the Katsina monarch was moved out of the palace in Daura at about 1 am, to Katsina town where he was admitted and moved into the Intensive Care Center of the hospital.

A source who spoke to Nigerian Tribune, said the Emir of Daura was rushed to the hospital after his health worsened on Tuesday. He said;

“Today, the health status of the Emir of Daura worsen as he could not talk and even walk. So, we had to rush him to the Federal Medical Centre in Katsina.”

This is coming after Dr Mustapha Inuwa, Secretary to the State Government confirmed that the monarch's palace was sealed after Coronavirus cases were recorded.

It is also speculated that the Emir might have contracted Coronavirus as Kastina's index case of Coronavirus, Dr Aminu Yakubu was his personal physician. According to Sahara Reporters, the late Yakubu met Emir Umar and his first wife, Hajiya Binta Umar shortly before he died from Coronavirus complications.

Body of Nigerian woman who died of COVID-19 in Brooklyn, New York, is removed from her home amid tears

Body of Nigerian woman who died of COVID-19 in Brooklyn, New York,  is removed from her home amid tears(video)
A heartbreaking video showing the moment the body of a Nigerian woman, a Nurse, who died after battling with the novel COVID19 disease, was being evacuated from her home in Brooklyn, New York, has been shared online.

Health workers in the county were invited to remove her remains as her family were not allowed to touch it because it was contagious.

Nigerians who reside in the area and knew her, were in the background singing songs in Yoruba that are rendered during funerals. 

Quite a number of Nigerians in the Diaspora have died of the viral disease.

Watch the video below

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FG makes changes in the planned evacuation of Nigerians in the US


The Nigerian Mission in the US have made changes in the planned evacuation of Nigerians from the US due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Consulate-General of Nigeria in New York who announced the changes in a statement issued on behalf of the Nigerian Missions in the U.S, said the evacuation which was earlier scheduled for this Sunday May 10, has been moved forward to Saturday May 9th. Also changed is the flight number from ET 509 announced earlier to ET 8509 by the same carrier, Ethiopian Airlines.

The statement added that the list of evacuees would be prioritised according to their immigration status.

“This includes the need to consider those stranded with proof of short-stay visas, the elderly, families with children and returning students,” the statement read

According to the statement, 270 out of the 700 Nigerians who have shown interest to return home, will be evacuated on Saturday and then others will be evacuated in batches on a first come, first serve basis.

The Consulate indicated that the port of departure remains the Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey and departure time, 9.15p.m and that the plane is expected to arrive Nigeria via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on May 10 at 11:15 a.m.

''Those already booked on Ethiopian Airlines ET 509 will now be transferred by the airline to the new flight ET 8509 on Saturday, May 9, 2020. The projected cost for the one-way economy ticket is between 1,300 dollars (N488,800) and 1,700 dollars (N639,200) per adult'' the statement from the Consulate read

Singer Jaywon arrested for violating curfew order in Lagos state

Nigerian singer Jaywon was arrested on Monday May 4 by policemen attached to the Dolphin Estate Division of the Lagos State Police Command, for violating the curfew order given by President Buhari.

Recall that President Buhari had declared an overnight nationwide curfew on April 27, in a bid to check the spread of Coronavirus. The curfew began on May 4 and will run from 8pm to 6am daily.

The singer was intercepted and taken into custody by 11pm on Monday while driving to an unknown location.

Jaywon whose statement was taken at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, was charged before a mobile court on Tuesday May 5. He pleaded guilty to the charges levelled against him, and was ordered him to pay a fine of N10,000. He was also ordered to do a 30 minutes community service.

Hilarious reactions as Grimes reveals her and Elon Musk's baby is really named X Æ A-12 Musk

Twitter users have shared hilarious reactions after Grimes and Elon Musk confirmed that, indeed, their newborn son has been named X Æ A-12 Musk and explained the meaning of the name.

On Monday, May 4, billionaire techpreneur, Elon Musk and Canadian singer, Grimes, real name Claire Elise Boucher, welcomed a son. It is the 6th son for Musk but Grimes' first child.

Elon revealed on that same Monday that their child's name is X Æ A-12 but no one took him seriously (read here).

Grimes went on Twitter hours ago to reveal that their son has truly been named X Æ A-12 (read here). She then went on to explain the meaning, adding that the A-12 in the baby's name was given to him after the A-12 Spy Plane.

The new mum wrote:

•X, the unknown variable

•Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence)

•A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent


(A=Archangel, my favorite song)

(metal rat)

Elon responded to agree with her and also to correct a small mistake where Grimes wrote SR-17 instead of SR-71.

The SpaceX CEO wrote: "SR-71, but yes."

He then added a photo of the A-12 Spy Plane and wrote: "Archangel - 12."

Twitter users were confused and asked the parents how the name will be pronounced. Some said they were trying to damage the child's life, others told them a child is not a science experiment or a technology device.

Some went as far as posting memes and jokes of what the baby will grow up to be and how his life will turn out.

See some Twitter reactions below.

Grimes: Omg his first steps! ?

X Æ A-12:— Andres (@andresparra117) May 6, 2020

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