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Monday, May 11, 2020

Covid-19: UK Government extends lockdown by three more weeks

The United Kingdom will be extending the Coronavirus lockdown by three more weeks, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced.

The U.K. has the second-highest confirmed coronavirus death toll in the world and the highest in Europe. The country has reported more than 220,000 recorded cases and 31,000 deaths from the virus as of Sunday, May 10, according to John Hopkins Univeristy.

Making the announcement on Sunday, Boris said 'now isn't the time to lift the lockdown' as he unveiled cautious plans to lift restrictions imposed seven weeks ago.

"This is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week," he said in a televised address

Johnson, who recently recovered from Coronavirus, said there would be some easing of restrictions from Wednesday, allowing "unlimited exercise", sport and sunbathing, but only within households. He added that some primary school children could return and shops re-open from June 1. He labelled this first easing of lockdown as Step 1.

"In step two, at the earliest by June 1, after half-term, we believe we may be in a position to begin the phased reopening of shops and to get primary pupils back into school, in stages, beginning with reception (age four to five), year one (age five to six) and year six (10-11)," Johnson daid.

In step three, "at the earliest by July... we will hope to reopen at least some of the hospitality industry and other public places, provided they are safe and enforce social distancing", he added.

Johnson said some public places could re-open from July 1 but warned immigrants and visitors travelling to Britain would face quarantine measures.

He noted that transitioning to each stage is "conditional" and depends on "all of us, the entire country, to follow the advice, to observe social distancing, and to keep that [rate of infection] down."

The UK has passed it's peak death rate but Johnson indicated restrictions could be reimposed, including locally, if there is a surge in cases. ''It would be madness to waste the sacrifices the public had made since the lockdown.''

"We have been through the initial peak but it is coming down the mountain that is often more dangerous," he added.

Open your church halls for government to use as Isolation centers - Pastor Tunde Bakare tells Nigerian church leaders (video)

Pastor Tunde Bakare, Senior pastor of Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC) - formerly known as The Latter Rain Assembly, has called on Nigerian church leaders to offer their church halls as Isolation centers to government as the nation continues to battle the Coronavirus pandemic.

Bakare's advice comes days after Bishop David Oyedepo and Chris Oyakhilome kicked against the federal government's Continuous ban on religious gatherings.

Speaking during an online service today, May 10 the former Vice Presidential candidate, said he has already donated his church's facilities to the Lagos state government and a private residence in Abeokuta to the government to use as Isolation centers.

''I recommend that our church halls be made available to government as Isolation centers and those of us who could afford it should be there to support the government.'' he said

Watch the video below

Five more COVID-19 patients die in Kano

The death toll from COVID-19 infection in Kano state has risen to 26 after five more deaths were recorded in the state on Sunday May 10. This was disclosed by the state Ministry of Health.

The state currently has 526 active cases.18 patients were recently discharged bringing the total number of discharged patients to 50.

Governor Nyesom Wike announces temporary lifting of lockdown in Rivers

Governor Nyesom Wike has announced a two-day temporary lifting of the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas from Tuesday May 12 2020 to Wednesday May 13, 2020.

The governor announced this in a statewide broadcast on Sunday night.

According to Wike, the temporary lifting of the lockdown is for residents to restock foodstuffs and medicines to their homes. He said the lockdown will be reinstated on Thursday May 14.

“Consequently, we have given due consideration to the propositions on the way forward by well-meaning citizens of the State, and after a cautious review of the situation, decided to implement a partial relaxation of the lockdown measures, to enable residents to have some fresh air and replenish their foodstuffs and medicines.

To this end, I hereby announce the temporary lifting of the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Governments Areas for two days only, with effect from Tuesday 12th May 2020.

All shops, supermarkets, and malls can open to the public for Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 and 13 May 2020. Similarly, all hospitals and banks can also open and provide full services to the public.

While oil and gas companies are required to submit the list of their staff on essential duties to Government, note that there is no ban on the lifting of petroleum products from depots and other receptacles. The total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas will be reinstated on Thursday 14th May 2020 and remain until further notice.”

“Compulsory wearing of face mask or scarfs in vehicles and public places; Closure of all land, sea and air borders and entry routes into the State; and Closure of all open markets, including slaughters, hotels, guest houses, cinemas, bars and restaurants; and Ban on gathering, including public burials, weddings, and religious gathering of more than 50 persons. Once again, thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

“Please note that our enemy is invisible. Stay at home, maintain social distancing, wash your hands regularly and stay safe'' he said

Recall that the governor placed Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor local government areas on total lockdown as part of the state government’s measures to check the spread of coronavirus. The 24-hour total lockdown took effect on Thursday May 7.

On Sunday May 10, the governor supervised the demolition of two hotels for flouting the lockdown order in the state.

Photos of naval officer who allegedly fled isolation center in Delta state after not being allowed to smoke weed

A Naval officer identified as SM Ahmadu reportedly fled from a Coronavirus isolation center in Oghara, Delta state.

The naval officer who was brought to the isolation center on May 1, 2020, escaped from the faciIity on Saturday, May 9 after threatening doctors and nurses with a jackknife.

It was gathered that the naval officer allegedly fled from the isolation center after not being allowed to smoke marijuana. An eyewitness said;

“He came to the isolation centre with a knife, it was this knife he used to chase the security manning the gates before escaping."

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's spokesperson, Ehiedu Anagwu said the naval officer has been reported to the military authorities. Naval personnel within Delta have also been told to be on the look out for Ahmadu.

Anagwu said;

“When they brought him into isolation, he started making requests for weed which of course they wouldn’t give him at the isolation centre.

“Usually, once in a while they allow the patients to step outside just to get sunlight and come back in. But this time around when they came out, he had a knife on him, you know being a military man, and he brandished it, chasing off the security manning the gates. That was how he left.”

The situation report sent out by naval authorities reads;

“At about 1500, SM Ahmadu U X13125 serving onboard BMU Warri absconded from COVID 19 Isolation Centre Oghara. His phone number is 09026268804,” the report read.

“It is suspected that the rating could find his way to any Naval or Military Base within DELTA AOR. Therefore, all personnel are advised to be mindful and report his whereabout to the OOD/MOIC for proper containment/evacuation protocol.”

Power in the hands of persons without self-discipline creates monsters in any society- Oby Ezekwesili reacts to demolition of hotels by Gov Wike

Oby Ezekwesili, former Nigerian Minister of Education, has reacted to the decision of the Rivers state government to demolish two hotels in the state for flouting the lockdown order.

On Sunday May 10, Governor Wike shocked many when he supervised the demolition of two hotels for flouting the lockdown order he imposed as part of measures to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

Taking to her Twitter handle to react to the news of the delomition, Ezekwesili opined that ''Power in the hands of persons without self-discipline in the absence of social accountability creates monsters in any society.''

She advised the owners of the hotels that were destroyed to sue the state government.

Read her tweets below

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