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Friday, March 27, 2020

Germany reports 5,780 new cases of coronavirus to take their total to 42,288

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany has risen to 42,288 and an additional 5,780 was reported, statistics from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Friday.

It was also revealed that 253 people have died of the disease as the death toll climbed by 55, the tally showed.

In another news, the United States has overtaken China and Italy with most confirmed cases of coronavirus as over 85,500 Americans have tested positive for the virus.

State-by-state figures published late on Thursday showed confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US had overtaken the 81,782 cases reported by China and 80,589 reported in Italy. The biggest outbreaks were confirmed in New York, New Jersey and California.

Lassa fever death toll in Nigeria rises to 176 amid battle with coronavirus

The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that the Lassa fever death toll in the country has risen to 176, amid intensified effort to curb the spread of coronavirus.

As of last week, the total number of deaths was 161, meaning 15 people recently died of the disease.

28 new cases of the disease which is transmitted to humans via contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or faeces have been confirmed. The states with highest new confirmed cases are Edo (eight) and Ondo (five).

Others states where new cases of Lassa fever have been confirmed include Ebonyi, Bauchi, Taraba, Plateau, Kogi, Abia, Enugu, FCT, Benue and Gombe.

There is now a total of 932 confirmed cases of coronavirus in at least 27 states across the nation.

Symptoms of Lassa fever include high fever, soar throat, nausea, fever and general weakness. The antiviral drug ribavirin seems to be an effective treatment for Lassa fever if given early in the course of clinical illness. Prevention of Lassa fever relies on promoting good “community hygiene” to discourage rodents from entering homes.

Trump goes from calling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus" to "Coronavirus" and says the US and China are working together in the fight against the disease

Donald Trump took to Twitter to reveal that he had a "very good conversation" with the President of China Xi Jinping and that the US and China are now working "closely together" in the fight against coronavirus.

He tweeted: "Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet. China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!"

This came after he was adamant about referring to Coronavirus as the "Chinese virus" despite being told that it's racist.

Twitter users reacted to his tweet, where he referred to COVID-19 as coronavirus and no longer as "Chinese Virus".

"It conveniently turned from the Chinese virus back to the coronavirus when you want to pretend you have respect for the president of China. You’re such a hypocrite," @TalbertSwan wrote.

The phone conversation between both Presidents followed a video conference meeting of G-20 leaders during which Xi Jinping gave a speech calling for greater international cooperation.

In the call with Trump, Xi said that U.S.-China relations are at a critical juncture, and hoped the U.S. would make substantial action in improving the relationship, according to a Chinese-language state media report translated by CNBC.

"Under the current circumstances, China and the U.S. should unite to fight the epidemic," the report of Xi’s comments said, noting both countries’ health departments and disease control experts have maintained communication.

"The Chinese side is willing to continue to provide information and experience with the U.S. without reservation," the report added, noting some provinces, cities and businesses in China are providing the U.S. with medical supplies.

"The Chinese side understands the current difficulties of the U.S., and is willing to provide support within (China’s) ability."

Somali football legend, Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah dies of coronavirus

Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah, a Somali Football Legend has been confirmed dead after testing positive for coronavirus.

Farah who was an advisor to the Minister of Youth and sport in Somalia, died at Northwest London hospital on Tuesday March 24 after a medical test confirmed he had the virus last week.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Somali Football Federation (SFF) have confirmed the football legend's death.

Somali Football Federation tweeted;

Somalia lost football legend Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah to Coronavirus. The legend died at a hospital in London where he was admitted last week. The SFF sends condolence to his family, relatives and the entire Somali football family.

Farah's football career dates back to 1976 when he first appeared in the national schools’ football tournament. He got promoted to regional level representing his home Hiiraan region in the 1979 regional football tournament.

The regional tournament became a platform for him to showcase his talent and from there he was recruited by Batroolka Football Club where he had an illustrious playing career until late 1980s.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson confirms he has tested positive for coronavirus

UK prime minister, Boris Johnson has confirmed he has tested positive for coronavirus.

This comes just after a Downing Street spokesperson announced in a statement that Mr.Johnson tested positive for coronavirus 'after experiencing mild symptoms yesterday'

Confirming the news on Twitter, the 55-year-old wrote: 'Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this.

Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.

I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.

Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020

There are more than 11,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, and 578 people have died from the disease.

Popular Islamic cleric, Mohammad Tawhidi 'Imam of Peace' mocks President Buhari

Popular Iranian-born Australia-based Islamic cleric, Mohammad Tawhidi a.k.a Imam of Peace has mocked President Buhari over the video of him speaking on the Coronavirus pandemic, on Sunday March 22.

The Imam also lashed out at the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan who according to him thinks Iran and Japan share a border.

See his Tweets below..

Oyakhilome donates N1billion faculty to Benson Idahosa University (photos)

President of the Love World Nation also known as Christ Embassy, Reverend Chris Oyakhilome has built a 1 billion naira faculty of Engineering in Benson Idahosa University.

The man of God while commissioning the building on the 12th of March, handed it over to the Chancellor of Benson Idahosa university, Archbishop Margaret Benson-Idahosa, wife of the founder and late Archbishop of Church of God Mission International.

According to Pastor Chris, the move is purely motivated by love towards the late Benson Idahosa and his family for being a blessing to him and of course to spur Nigerians into giving.

Oyakhilome said: “When I gave in to the university, I was taking the opportunity afforded me to say thank you. I am one grateful person, just one among so many, I am grateful for many things, firstly for what and who the Archbishop Benson Idahosa was to me.

“When I was coming here, I thought about the legacy of the archbishop. I count myself highly honoured to have been given the opportunity to be here celebrating. On the 12th of March we will be celebrating 22 years since he transited from here."

Speaking further, he noted that Idahosa changed the face of Christian worship across the world and that he was inspired by pictures of live miracles hung on the lounge of Idahosa’s office where he worked as a teenager “and I would stare and stare and stare because I could see in my bible the miracles but I only use imagination now the Archbishop had the pictures, I could see the pictures.”

According to him, Idahosa taught them praise and worship, prayers, love for God. Soul-winning among other things.

“He taught us to have bulldozer faith so that we can do big things for God. He taught us to dress well. He was the model, he changed completely the definition of the ministry not only in Nigeria but I can tell you throughout the world.

“He taught us to be educated. He showed us education was important and he stressed it, he inspired us about school and he taught us to be relevant to society. He taught us to support the poor and the government and this is an amazing combination to support the poor and the government because the Archbishop thought the government was poor so he told us to support the poor and the government that is why he did things that the government should have done,” Oyakhilome noted.

South Africa charges two coronavirus patients who refused to self-isolate, with attempted murder

South African police have charged two men with attempted murder after they tested positive for the coronavirus and refused to isolate themselves.

Police minister Bheki Cele announced the charges on Wednesday during a press conference, saying: 'If you break these laws of regulations you are six months in or fined, or both."

"Two people have been charged already... who deliberately moved around after they were told not to," he warned.

"So it's not a fairytale to say the law will act and act very harsh on you."

The first case was a 52-year old salon owner diagnosed with coronavirus on 18 March and instructed to quarantine for at least 14 days.

Police spokesperson, Vish Naidoo said local officials raised the alert on Tuesday after the man was seen around the western city of Ladysmith, in KwaZulu-Natal province.

The second charge was filed against a male tourist who tested positive for Covid-19 while on holiday at Kruger National Park.

Naidoo said the man ignored instructions to remain in his hotel and went to the nearby town of Saint Lucia, where he interacted "with an unknown number of people".

South Africa has 709 confirmed cases of coronavirus so far.

Coronavirus: Edo Government to enforce lockdown

The Edo State Government has announced that it will begin enforcing a lockdown in the state from today March 27.

Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu made the announcement on Thursday evening, during a press briefing on measures the state has instituted to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Shaibu who disclosed that civil servants who were asked to stay at home are still moving about in the state, stated that enforcement of the lockdown became necessary due to the partial compliance in the state.

He said;

“We went round the city, we have discovered that there is partial view compliance with government directive on lockdown and we are reiterating that only those on essential duty are allowed to move about within the state.

“All shops and markets that are not selling food should remain locked and by tomorrow, we have asked the law enforcement agencies to enforce this government directive of all of us sitting down at home and not moving around.

“We have also discovered that most of the civil servants and workers that were asked to stay at home are moving about.

“That was not the intention. The intention is that they stay at home, and staying at home will help us to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Please and please, we need you to stay at home, unless there is a serious emergency.

“We are presently contact-tracing 111 persons, and you staying at home will help us to reduce this number.”

Shaibu added that in line with international best practice, enforcement of seating guidelines in public buses will also begin on Friday.

The Deputy Governor said;

“By tomorrow (Friday), government and law enforcement agencies will be on the streets to enforce these seating guidelines for all our transport vehicles.

“The seating arrangement for cars is: one passenger in front and two at the back. For buses, the rule is:one passenger in front and two in each role.

“All transporters are mandated to ensure correct information on manifest. Manifest must be made available to government on daily basis.”

Omoyele Sowore accuses FG of planning to arrest and infect him with COVID-19

Publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, has accused the Federal government of planning to arrest and infect him with the novel Coronavirus disease.

In a post shared on social media last night, Sowore claims the alleged attack is because of the exclusive report his platform shared about Abba Kyari, the President's Chief of Staff, testing positive for Coronavirus.

He wrote

Folks: It is important to inform you that we are facing some unusual circumstances, and the days ahead might be very tense and difficult, but we will conquer. Following the revelation by SaharaReporters that the Chief of Staff. Abba Kyari contracted Corona Virus and subsequent revelations about the criminal conducts/negligence that has brought Nigeria to the nadir of this global pandemic, the Buhari regime today sent some high powered delegation to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of NIGERIA to help procure a judge to grant a detention order against me.

The courts are reportedly on break due to COVID-19 pandemic. This was leaked to our lawyers a few minutes ago. They plan this time is to use the Nigerian Army for the sinister plot. The plan is to obtain a court order and then send soldiers to shoot up my residence in Abuja by claiming that I resisted arrest with armed colleagues, if I am arrested alive they would take me to an Army Barracks in Abuja to be tortured and /or infected with COVID-19. I am not raising the alarm to scare anyone, it is to inform our compatriots that we should brace for difficult days ahead.

However, rest assured that we are in high spirits and are totally convinced that we may be turning a historic corner in the face of brutal repression.
I am urging all to stand firm, unbowed and unbroken.
Thank you

Reps take delivery of exotic cars and begin distribution amid coronavirus outbreak

The House of Representatives has started taking delivery of the Toyota Camry 2020 model cars acquired for members as official cars.

According to Punch, some of the cars were sighted by their correspondent at different parking lots within the National Assembly Complex, on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

This comes at a time when Nigeria is battling the coronavirus crisis and Nigerians took to Twitter to blast the move.

On February 5, 2020, the legislators had at a closed-door where they resolved to purchase 400 units of the exotic car. The House has, however, kept sealed lips on the cost of each unit.

Punch correspondent observed that the House procured the V6 Limited Edition variant of the car.

Chairman of the Committee on House Services, Mr. Wale Raji, who confirmed delivery of the cars declined to respond to further enquiries.

The cars, which belong to the National Assembly, are usually auctioned to the lawmakers after four years.

A check on the website of Toyota revealed that each of the vehicles – depending on the variant, has a price tag of between US$25,000 to US $35,000, excluding the cost of shipping and custom duties, which is about 100 per cent of the actual cost of each unit.

About 14 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado sports utility vehicles have already been handed out to presiding as well as other principal officers and chairmen of select House committees, the publication reports, adding that some lawmakers who were contacted on Thursday said they had yet to receive vehicles delivered in "the first batch."

Giving a breakdown of how the vehicles are shared, a member of the House, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said, the 400 saloon cars would be allocated to each of the 360 members and some top management staff, Chiefs of Staff to the (two) presiding officers as well as some of their special advisers and assistants.

The lawmaker explained that new members who did not get committee appointments would benefit from the first batch.

The source told the publication: "I was told 100 have already arrived and they are sharing them to new members who are not chairmen and deputy chairmen (of committees). The next batch will be for returning (ranking) members who are neither chairmen nor deputy chairmen. The last batch will go to ranking member with appointments."

The Committee on House Services and the National Assembly Management, led by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, had constituted a joint committee to oversee the acquisition, verification and distribution to the lawmakers.

The Committee on House Services, which also exists in the Senate, serves as the protocol and welfare department.

The joint committee was set up as some members had alleged that the National Assembly had become a "dumping ground" for smuggled and refurbished automobiles.

Presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad counters Nina's claim that the photo of President Buhari released by the Presidency amid coronavirus crisis, is an old one

Personal Assistant to Presient Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, has denied claims that the photo of President Buhari in his office, which he posted on social media last night, is an old one.

Bashir shared the photo to debunk claims that the President and his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, who has reportedly tested positive for Coronavirus, travelled to the UK for treatement on Wednesday March 25th.

BBNaija star, Nina, saw the photos on LIB's Instagram page and expressed doubts to the authenticity of the photo. She wrote

Old photo I guess , he z trying so hard to make us believe he is still in the country....smh''

Bashir replied her saying the photo is very new..

See their exchange below

Ogun police arrests man for stealing seven cars from worshipers at RCCG's Redemption Camp (photo)

The police in Ogun state have arrested a middle-aged man, Friday Ezi, for stealing seven cars of worshippers at the Redeemed Christian Church of God's camp ground on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway in Ogun State and selling them off to his accomplice, 27-year-old Onyekachi Atama, a spare parts autodealer in Onitsha, Anambra state.

A statement from the state police command spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the duo were arrested after Friday made away with a Toyota Camry car marked LND 636 EZ from Diligent Road within the Camp on February 1, 2020, which spurred the owner, one Titilayo Otitodogbon, to lodge a complaint at the police station.

On the strength of the complaint, a team of crack detectives were detailed by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), CSP Chris Amanyi, to fish out the thieves.

"The detectives embarked on full scale forensic and technical investigation which yielded positive result with the arrest of one Friday Ezi, who actually stole the car from Redemption Camp. He was traced to Edo State, and was promptly arrested on the 10th of March 2020. His arrest and eventual confessional statement led the operatives to Onitsha in Anambra State, to effect the arrest of his accomplice and the notorious receiver, Onyekachi Atama, on the 15th of March 2020" Oyeyemi said .

Oyeyemi added that the State Commissioner of police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has directed that the suspects be transferred to the Anti car theft section of the State Criminal investigation and intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry relocated from Canada to Meghan's hometown Los Angeles

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have left Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic and have moved permanently to California.

They took a private flight to the Los Angeles area before the borders between Canada and the US were shut, The Sun UK reports.

The Sussexes will set up a new home close to Hollywood, where they are currently living in lockdown with their ten-month-old son Archie.

A royal insider told the publication: "Harry and Meghan have left Canada now for good. The borders were closing and flights were stopping. They had to get out.

"But this move was planned for some time. They realised Canada would not work out for various reasons and they want to be based in the Los Angeles area.

"They have a big support network there. It’s where their new team of Hollywood agents and PRs and business managers are based. Meghan has lots of friends there and, of course, her mum Doria.

The bombshell move — dubbed Megxit 2 — has reportedly "stunned and horrified" members of the Royal Family who believed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would consider returning to Britain to help their relatives after Prince Harry's father, Prince Charles tested positive for COVID-19.

This came as US entertainment giant Disney pushed ahead with the release of a charity film about elephants, for which Meghan provides the voiceover.

The deal is believed to have been done after Harry cornered the company’s boss Bob Iger at the premiere of The Lion King in London last year.

The royal insider said the arrangement is another indication of where the couple see their priorities going forward.

The royal insider explained: "For Meghan, this type of work is going to be coming out of Hollywood going forward.

"She feels comfortable there around her people and has projects already planned like her children’s book."

Royal courtiers believe the decision to move full-time to the US makes a mockery of the couple’s earlier pledge that they chose Canada because they wanted to live in a Commonwealth country.

One said: "We are stunned and horrified. The country is going through a traumatic event at the moment. They have a beautiful cottage in Windsor where they could have based themselves.

"It’s just a stone’s throw away from where the Queen and Prince Philip are in self-isolation.

"Prince Charles and Prince Andrew are both out of action too for very different reasons.

"This was an opportunity for them to put country before their own interests. California isn’t going anywhere."

Lagos state CP Hakeem Odumosu intervenes in sitting arrangement on a bus to enforce social distancing amid coronavirus crisis (video)

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, was filmed intervening in the sitting arrangement on a bus to ensure that the passengers comply with the social distancing directive amid the coronavirus crisis.

In the video, Odumosu is seen insisting that passengers must not exceed two on a seat.

He was in the company of other police officers and they had on their hand gloves and face masks.

However, Odumosu took down his mask to speak to the passengers.

Watch the video below.

Footballer Taye Taiwo loses his father

Nigerian footballer, Taye Taiwo has announced the demise of his father in an Instagram post he shared.

The former Super Eagles player shared a photo of his father with the caption;

RIP in peace my father

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