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 A patient who was suspected to have contracted coronavirus has died in Omole, Lagos causing panic in the area. Residents of Omole Estate, Phase II, Lagos are now in perpetual fear following the death of a patient suspected to have died of Coronavirus.

Report said the patient who presents with Coronavirus symptoms was rushed to the Primary Healthcare Centre in the area, and that there was no ambulance from the NCDC and the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) to evacuate her to the Infectious Disease Centre, Yaba. 

She was said to have been returned to her residence in a tricycle where she eventually died. According to Starconnect, her death spread panic in the estate after the chairman, Omole Phase II, Mr. Bamidele Lanisa reportedly issued a notice urging residents to stay indoor over the case.

 The chairman, in the notice wrote: "Dear Residents, this is to inform you that there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in our neighboring community (Olowoira). "The patient was taken to the Health Centre and when the NCDC/Lagos ambulance was unavailable to evacuate her, she was returned to her residence in a tricycle and eventually died.

 "As you can imagine, many people came in contact with the patient and the risk to transmission in the neighborhood is real. 

"We advise residents to please stay in their houses and refrain from unnecessarily going about. Please safe. We advise a total stay at home for now."


COVID-19: Warri video clips fake – Delta Govt.

The Delta State Government has described the viral video of soldiers threatening to rape women in Warri as machination of those bent at causing disaffection between Deltans and military authorities.
 
Debunking the clips, Delta State's Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, through a statement issued on Friday in Asaba revealed that the videos were not true representation of happenings in Warri or any part of the state within the last 48 hours.

According to Aniagwu, the video of two soldiers threatening the residents of Warri was an arrangement of those who didn't want the peace of the state, adding that the video was not a true representation of Nigerian military personnels who knew the implication of threatening citizens with such an illicit video.

He also mentioned that the military command that holds the responsibility of deploying military personnels, had debunked the video material.

 
He said;

"Let me thank Deltans for their cooperation so far and urge them to discard the concocted videos aimed at causing disaffection between the military and Deltans.

"There is no report of killing of soldiers in Warri or any other part of Delta".

"The concocted videos were aimed at causing disaffection between Deltans and the security agencies carrying out lawful duties".

"While we appeal to our people to remain law-abiding, it is imperative to state that videos trending in social media are not a true reflection of happenings in the state".

"We therefore call on our people to discard the videos and continue to remain indoors as directed by the government to enable us curb the possible outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state".

"As a government we will continue to appeal to the security agencies to apply rules of engagement as practised in most democracies as they carry out their lawful duties." he added.
It is not true that Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to @MBuhari, is dead. Those that are behind that rumour are vicious and heartless. I remain opposed to the @MBuhari admin. but to wish or proclaim someone dead simply because you disagree with him politically is unacceptable- 
Femi Fani-Kayode
                   
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state and former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has tested negative for COVID-19. The Nation reports that Governor Obiano made a public appearance on Thursday, April 2, after spending 14 days in self-isolation. 

The governor said three more samples of suspected cases had been sent to Irua, Edo state for testing, while the state awaits the results of two samples.

Anambra Update gathers that Obiano further announced that he would commission the 250-bed isolation centre in Mbaukwu on Friday, April 3.

Also, the former governor of Ekiti, Fayose, has also announced that he has tested negative for the virus. Fayose said he was happy to test negative for the virus and asked more Nigerians to go for the test while praying for victims. "I took a COVID-19 test yesterday because of my perceived exposure in the last two weeks I just got the result which is negative.

"Notwithstanding, I will remain indoor like other Nigerians and I encourage more people to go for the test and remain at home in line with the government's directive," Fayose was quoted as saying Meanwhile, the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom and his deputy, Engineer Benson Abounu, are still awaiting their results. 

Governor Ortom challenged others to go for the test, saying "knowing your coronavirus status is not a death sentence."
Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), says there has been no cash donation to the government to fight COVID-19. 

The SGF, who is also the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, said there have been efforts by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), corporate bodies and individuals to raise funds but government has no control over the initiatives. 

At a briefing on Thursday, Mustapha said an account which would be under their control has just been opened and no transaction carried out yet. 

"Let me inform the nation that so far, the presidential task force has not received any donation directly in terms of cash for this exercise," he said.  

"We have received donations of materials particularly from the ones that came from Jack Ma, the Chinese billionaire and that has adequately been distributed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. In terms of monetary contribution, the national coordinator has just informed you that different organisations and individuals are pioneering that in their efforts. 

"So far, I know of four different efforts. The first is the one being driven by the Central Bank and the corporate organisations, jointly being handled by the governor of the Central Bank and Alhaji Aliko Dangote. 

"They have a funding committee, they have an operation committee and they have a technical committee. They are going to run, fund, execute projects, buy equipment all in furtherance of fighting coronavirus. At the end of the exercise, they have explained in their document that they will appoint an accounting firm that will take an audit of their exercise and make a report to the donors for the purposes of accountability and transparency. Government does not have control of those funds, the presidential task force does not have control of those funds." 

The SGF said the second effort is the one initiated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which involves the upstream, the middle stream and the downstream levels of the oil and gas industry. 

"They (NNPC) will ask for locations, list of equipment, we will supply them, they will raise their funds, they will administer their funds, and at the end of the day, they will render accounts to the people that have donated to this particular enterprise. Government does not have control of this particular endeavour," he said. 

He said third is the one being driven by the United Nations family, and they are also raising funds from their own donor agencies and partners. 

The fourth source of funding, he said, is what the government will put into the coronavirus engagement. 

"I have just received a letter from the accountant-general informing us of the account that has just been opened yesterday," he said.  

"So, obviously no funds have gone into any account. Hopefully in the coming days, we would receive funding for the work of the presidential task force in terms of the different components of the multilateral or sectoral engagements. That is the one government will have control over and at the end of the enterprise, we would account for it." 
Thailand's king has tested positive for coronavirus while self-isolating in a luxury hotel in Germany with his entourage.

Three of his entourage have also tested positive in the Alpine resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, also known as Rama X, is said to have booked out the entire Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl after the four-star hotel received "special permission" from the district council to accommodate his party.

The King tested for coronavirus after 119 members of the entourage were sent back to Thailand on suspicions they contracted the highly contagious respiratory disease.

The 67-year-old king's entourage included 20 women and numerous servants, reported German tabloid Bild.

According to German media, King Maha Vajiralongkorn is in a stable condition and being treated in his hotel  by Thai doctors who traveled to Germany on a chartered flight. The King is reported to have ordered five ventilators from China to beef up his personal clinic at the resort.

Guesthouses and hotels in the region were ordered to close due to the coronavirus crisis, but a spokesperson for the local district council said the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl was an exception because "the guests are a single, homogenous group of people with no fluctuation".
Global coronavirus cases have topped one million as the pandemic explodes in the US and the death toll continues to climb in Italy and Spain, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The virus has killed more than 51,000 across the world with the largest number of deaths in Italy, followed by Spain and the US.

The virus has killed more than 51,000 across the world with the largest number of deaths in Italy, followed by Spain and the US. Pictured: A patient in Barcelona The first 100,000 cases were reported in around 55 days and the first 500,000 in 76 days. Cases doubled to one million within the past eight days. Total cases reported by Thursday grew 10 percent from a day earlier, the first time the rate has hit double digits since the virus took hold outside China.

 There are 117 countries and territories that have reported over 100 cases, 50 with outbreaks of over 1,000 and seven that have reported 50,000 or more COVID-19 cases, mainly in Europe. The global fatality rate is now over 5 percent of all reported cases, with countries including the UK, the US, and Spain reporting a spike in fatalities over recent days. 

Around 22 percent of total cases have been reported by the US, while Italy and Spain have reported 11 percent of global cases. China, where the virus emerged in December, has reported 8 percent of total cases globally as the epicentre of the pandemic moved to Europe and the US. 

Europe together accounts for over half of cases and more than 70 percent of deaths linked to the virus. Countries in Southern Europe with higher older age demographics have been hit particularly hard
The Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Senator Uche Ekwunife has restated her commitment to offer effective representation and defend the interest of the people of Anambra Central and South East in the Senate.

Speaking on a live radio programme on Ogene 98.3 FM on Monday, Ekwunife assured the people of Anambra Central of her commitment to serve their interest, that of South East and the larger Nigerian society while in the Senate.

Interacting with her contituents on the programme, the Anambra Central representative highlighted some of her efforts in the 9th Senate. She noted that the responsibility of a Senator which includes lawmaking, oversight and representation are vital in driving good governance in Nigeria.

"Even before I was sworn-in in June I facilitated a skills acquisition training programme for women and youths in my constituency. I also distributed about 44 tricycles immediately after I was sworn-in. But beyond this, we are committed to doing more, particularly in the area of lawmaking to aid the federal government in formulating policies that will drive good governance".

Senator Ekwunife also stated some of the gains expected from the Public Procurement Amendment Bill she sponsored in the Senate. According to her, the Bill which has been passed by the Senate will improve the contract award process, particularly in reducing the time frame for contract bidding, and strengthening the overall public procurement processes.

She further reiterated her commitment to make case against lopsided appointments or projects against the South East just as she intervened in the non-inclusion of South East in the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

While wishing Anambrarians a joyous Christmas celebration and a prosperous 2020, the Senator assured the people of Anambra Central of her resolve to ensure that atleast every community in the zone benefit from her zonal intervention projects, while noting that facilitating employment for the unemployed youths remains topmost on her priority.
...Donates Golden Penny Food products across the country

Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (referred to as "Flour Mills "or "FMN"), Nigeria's leading integrated food business and agro-allied Group, owners of the iconic food brand, Golden Penny has announced its commitment to lend a helping hand to several states across the country. 

FMN is donating one hundred and two thousand essential food products to alleviate the challenges faced by Nigerians in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak and the impact of the partial lockdown instituted to curb the spread of the virus.

To kick start the food donation drive across the country, the company has donated several trucks of food products to Lagos State in support of the state's ongoing food relief efforts.

Paul Gbededo, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company commented, "During this trying time, we truly need to come together as a people to fight the scourge of the Covid-19 virus. 

The virus is casting a shadow on our way of life in Nigeria and the world, but we believe that with continued collaboration, we can alleviate the suffering of Nigerians and continue to bring hope to those who have suffered and lost."

"For a company like ours that had shared such a deep connection with Nigeria for 60 years, we understand the challenges, especially during this trying time. As most Nigerians now stay at home to break the spread of this pandemic, they must continue to get access to healthy and nutritious food. In line with our purpose of feeding the Nation, Everyday, FMN is committed to doing that." He added.

The company also disclosed that in addition to food relief, it would be providing medical aid through the donation of medical equipment and kits for first responders, especially frontline medical workers and security personnel who are selflessly working to ensure that Nigeria can slow down the transmission of the virus and alleviate the consequent challenges faced by the populace.

Boye Olusanya, the Group Chief Operating Officer, of the company said: "To reduce the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, FMN will continue to work with the government and related agencies at both the federal and state levels to provide relief materials. 

The safety of Nigerians is paramount to us, so we encourage all Nigerians to adhere to the necessary protective measures against the virus and its spread."

"We must commend the efforts of the Nigerian government so far in the fight against the spread of the virus and implore all Nigerians to continue to abide by the advice given by the World Health Organization (WHO), and Federal and State Health Agencies, including the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)."

FMN remains hopeful that these collaborative efforts with relevant stakeholders across the country will soon bring an end to this pandemic in Nigeria, across Africa and indeed the world.

Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc
Incorporated in September 1960 and quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange since 1978, Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN) Plc, owners of the iconic Golden Penny Food brand is one of Nigeria's leading food and agro-allied companies. 

With a broad basket of food products and robust pan-Nigerian production, distribution, and supply chain network, FMN is a fully integrated and diversified food and agro-allied group.



FMN group strives in its purpose to "Feed the Nation, Everyday" through its five core food value chains: Grains, Sweeteners, Oils and Fats, Proteins, and Starches.  FMN creates value along the entire food chain with its "farm-to-table" model by providing inputs and know-how to farmers, aggregating and sourcing crops and raw materials to supply its world-class processing facilities across Nigeria, and distributing its innovative food brands to its customers.

Abuja, 02 April 2020: We wish to bring to the attention of Nigerians that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is not connected to a certain notice circulating on social media directing unsuspecting members of the public to a link. We thus state categorically that any such link asking for the bio-data of Nigerians as beneficiaries of monetary handout is FAKE.

This is obviously a SCAM, an attempt to fleece and defraud Nigerians by, perhaps, collecting their vital bio-data for a nefarious  objective orchestrated by masterminds  of the advertisement on social media.

Atiku Abubakar, his businesses or charity organization is not in the know of this purported plan and the accompanying advertorial. The website address, https//www.atikufoundation.online, given by the scammers for individuals to apply, is unknown to the former Vice President.

As a patriotic and law abiding citizen, the Waziri Adamawa had pledged his modest public donation to the Federal Government through the Priam Group to support government's effort in fighting the spread of Corona virus in Nigeria and in providing succour to the most vulnerable of people amid the ravaging pandemic. In addition, he had proposed stimulus package for the most vulnerable for consideration by government. 
We hereby call on relevant security agencies to endeavor to unmask these scammers and ensure that they are brought to book and their evil plots against Nigerians nipped in the bud.
The official website of the former Vice President is www.atiku.org while his social media handles are as follows:

Signed:
Paul Ibe
Coordinator
Atiku Media Office
Abuja

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other related offences on Wednesday said its men had arrested a 42-year-old pharmacist, Abubarkar Danraka, for alleged sodomy.

A statement by an official of the Press Unit of NAPTIP, Osamuyi Oyegun, said Danraka who had a PhD, was arrested after he allegedly had an anal s*xual inter-course with a 12 year-old boy.

Oyegun said the offence was contrary to the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015.

According to him, the suspect, who is a resident of Spring Valley Estate of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja works at the National Hospital, Abuja is the Special Assistant (Technical) to the Director General of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Abuja.

He added that Danraka, who hails from Zaria, Kaduna State is also an imam in the mosque within his estate.

Oyegun said the 12-year-old victim (name withheld) told NAPTIP men that the crime took place on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the residence of the suspect.

According to him, after their religious educational programme (Islamiyya) that afternoon, he decided to check on his friend who happens to be a neighbour of the suspect.

He explained that when he got to his friend's residence, he knocked at the door, but there was no response.

He added that as he made to leave the Imam opened his door and beckoned on him to come.

The suspect was said to appeared friendly and offered the victim a glass of water which the boy took and later began to feel weak.

"In that state of weakness the suspect overpowered him, laid him on a red settee in his sitting room and forced his penis into his (victim) anus.
"After the suspect was done, he asked him to go home with a stern warning not to mention what had happened to anyone."

Valentine Ozigbo, a Nigerian business mogul and philanthropist, on Saturday, March 28, 2020, implemented a social responsibility Coronavirus Street Awareness Campaign in his home state of Anambra to help combat the spread of coronavirus, and ensure the well-being of Anambra indigenes and residents.

The outreach program which was co-ordinated by Chineto Ozigbo Foundation took place across Anambra state in over 50 markets such as Afia Ogboye, Post Office Onitsha, Megafu market by Oguta Road, Afia Ogboye, Main Market, Afia Obeleagu, Ose market, Emeka Ofor Plaza, Afia Ogbommanu, Ogbo-oye Market, and tens of other markets across the state.

Valentine Ozigbo distributed educational fliers and 15,000 bottles of hand sanitizers to market women and traders. The fliers have a simple and powerful message. They clearly spell out what Covid-19 is, what the symptoms are, and 6 steps people can take to protect themselves from contracting coronavirus.

His awareness campaign outreach created the required awareness on the pandemic and gave market women and traders an insight into coronavirus, and how people can take responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their community from the spread of the pandemic.

Market women, young traders, and all the market traders who received the fliers and hand sanitizers across numerous markets in Anambra welcomed the timely intervention of Valentine Ozigbo. Some market women reported that they were getting the facts for the first time and it would help them immensely to protect themselves and their families.

Some traders who received the materials noted that stopping the spread will require community action and that Mr. Valentine Ozigbo's contribution to this community action will save lives and protect their well-being.

The Street Awareness Campaign is in line with Ozigbo's passion for empowering women, youths and small businesses, and promoting the success and well-being of people who drive economic growth.

Izuchukwu Oraelosi, the Chineto Ozigbo Foundation's general manager giving out a box of hand sanitizers in Anambra on March 28, 2020 

He has championed this personally as well as through his foundation, the Chineto Ozigbo Foundation, through a combination of grants, mentorship, and talent development, and also implementing programs to solve social problems. Coronavirus is a problem that threatens the life and livelihood of Nigerians, including Anambra indigenes and residents.

Regarding the successful outreach program, Ozigbo stated "with over 21,000 dead and over 500,000 infected in this global epidemic, there is a lot of fear and uncertainty in the country right now," and "information is vital and can make a difference between life and death".

Izuchukwu Oraelosi, the Chineto Ozigbo Foundation's general manager, in responding to questions on the outcome of the successful awareness campaign said: "The program was successful, and thousands of people responded by saying they are now better equipped".

Police in Anambra State has arrested four men for impersonating the Anambra COVID-19 team.

The spokesperson for Anambra State Police Command, SP Haruna Mohammed who disclosed this said the men were arrested with several surgical masks, and hand sanitizers discovered to have been produced locally under unhygienic conditions.

Haruna said, "On the 31/3/2020, at about 3pm, following intelligence report, police operatives attached to Central Police Station, Onitsha arrested the syndicate.

"They include; Anthony Chidubem Oyatubo 'm' aged 30 years of Nimo, Njikoka LGA, Nwachukwu Chidi 'm' aged 31 years of Awka, Chris C.Okeke 'm' aged 30 years – of Awka and Olisa Moura 'm', aged 25 years of Onitsha."

He said the suspects claimed to be officials of the Ministry of Health, fully kitted with reflective jackets and caps with inscriptions "FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19″ were arrested with the items which were considered fake.

"They were selling the products to the unsuspecting members of the public as well as distributing same to various outlets in Onitsha before their arrests.

"Meanwhile, preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects were neither government workers nor health officials as they claimed but misguided elements who took advantage of the present pandemic to market their unhygienic products to buyers.

"Exhibits recovered in their possessions include three cartons of hand sanitizers, flyers, several reflective jackets, four caps and over fifty masks.


"The case is under investigation, after which suspects would be charged to court for prosecution," he said.

*orders relief materials for the aged

By  Kingsley Ezekwelu

Gov Willie Obiano has shown open commitment in safeguarding lives of Ndi Anambra against the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic which has been spreading worldwide killing thousands and rapidly infecting many.

The governor's painstaking efforts round-the-clock has ensured that no report of its infection has been recorded in our dear state, Anambra so far.

The situation which necessitated the World Health Organization, Federal and State governments to quickly formulate and issue coronavirus advisory directives.

The measures include staying at home, washing our hands regularly with soap under running water for 20 seconds each time, using hand sanitizers, avoid handshake, hug and kiss, social distancing from  people (6 feet), avoiding public gatherings, states boundary closures directive etc. 

Above all these, Gov Obiano has established four isolation centres in the state in order not to be taken unawares. The centres included a 240-bed NYSC Camp Isolation Centre at Umuawulu in Awka South Council Area, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital Amaku, Awka; the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi and the Onitsha General Hospital. While the Umuawulu Centre is ready, the other three centres would be ready very soon. 

The governor has also in his usual proactive and humane approach has unveiled and implemented stimulus packages to cushion the effect of the Covid-19 crisis lockdown period.

The package includes the payment of March salary and other incentives to workers as well as distribution of relief materials like food items of rice and others to the aged people in all the communities, tax refund to business operators and traders in the State.

Spain has suffered another record-breaking day of coronavirus deaths, with 950 people killed by the disease in the last 24 hours. It marks the country's third consecutive day of record death totals, with 849 dead on Tuesday, 864 killed Wednesday and now 950 dying between Wednesday and today. The new toll also brings the country's total fatalities above 10,000, rising from 9,053 on Wednesday to 10,003 on Thursday. 

The number of new cases also increased by 8,102 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total from 102,136 to 110,238, but marks the lowest percentage increase in cases yet – meaning lockdown measures put in Spain is now rapidly catching up in Italy, which is the worst-affected country in the world with almost 12,500 deaths. Italy was the first European country to go into a full lockdown on March 10, with data showing that the rate of new infections is now leveling off – meaning that deaths will begin to slow as the pressure on hospitals eases. 

There are signs that the rate of infections in Spain is also starting to slow, falling from a 40 percent rise in cases on March 13 – the day before a country-wide lockdown was brought in – to 8.2 percent on Wednesday. The rate of deaths also falling, from a 43 percent increase on March 13 to a 10.6 percent increase on Wednesday. Officials have said that the virus now appears to be reaching its peak in Spain, though pressure on hospitals will remain high in the coming days. 

A third of Spanish regions report their intensive care units are at or near capacity, meaning the crisis in hospitals is unlikely to ease until the end of this week or early next week. Madrid remains the worst-hit region, with 3,865 deaths and nearly 30,000 cases, leaving hospitals and mortuaries overwhelmed. 

A 101-year-old woman was applauded by nurses and doctors as she was discharged from hospital in northeastern Spain after making a recovery from the coronavirus yesterday. The woman, named Encarnacion, was released from the San Jorge de Huesca hospital in the Biescas municipality after battling COVID-19

A unit of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, charged with the enforcement of the COVID-19 stay-at-home has arrested the general overseer of Jesus Reign Family Church,  U. Uden.

The church is located at Apo.

The pastor was arrested on Sunday, March 29, 2020, for violating the ban on public gatherings places of worship as part of measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The church was fully in session when the team arrived. Members of the ministerial taskforce waited for the pastor to conclude the worship before approaching him to explain his wrongs and immediately arrested him.

He was immediately taken to the FCT Police Command at Garki and handed over to policemen on duty.

The team also dispersed worshipers at the Christ Embassy Church located at Jahi District of the FCT.

Despite the presence of the team, the unnamed pastor continued the service until the end, while the team waited to avoid any confrontation. He was, thereafter, arrested and taken to the FCT Police Command at Garki.

The enforcement team also shut down the popular H-Medix Pharmacy located at Wuse II District of the FCT, following complaints received at the FCT COVID-19 Situation Room that the pharmacy does not have gun thermometers and other required items to ensure the safety of customers and staff.

Fourteen other erring churches in other parts of the FCT were also shut down by the team.

Meanwhile, the FCT Administration has put in place provisions for additional bed spaces in Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital and Karu General Hospital to attend to any emergency of symptomatic patients of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, the FCT minister of state who made this revelation during an inspection of medical facilities in both Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital and Karu General Hospital, also revealed that provisions had been made for 32-bed spaces in Gwagwalada, while that of Karu will accommodate 300 patients.

Aliyu stated that the plan to make provisions for additional bed spaces was not to instill fear in the residents of the territory, but in a proactive measure to respond to any emergency, just as she called on residents to stay safe and observe all precautionary measures put in place by relevant authorities.

"We are here in Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital to see the facilities put in place for symptomatic patients of coronavirus. About 16-bed capacity is almost ready and we are setting up another 16-bed capacity, bringing the total to 32-bed spaces. They are all isolated cubicles. We had a donation of oxygen plants from NNPC. We will run the pipe immediately to supply the oxygen.

"Our preparedness is not to instill fear in the minds of the public, but the truth is that we have to be prepared because we are all witnesses to what is happening in other climes. There are more cases of symptomatic patients on the ground and it is such patients that will be taken here. Therefore, the message is: stay safe, stay alive," she stated.

While in Karu General Hospital, the minister gave the contractors handling the project 48 hours to put finishing touches to the facility, otherwise get the contract terminated, stressing that the Karu facility will accommodate 300 patients.

She said: "This Karu facility will accommodate about 300 patients and we are here to inspect the facility and the level of preparedness. The contractors are about to commence work and to install the oxygen plant to ensure that there is enough oxygen supply for confirmed cases to be used. We are giving the contractors 48 hours to ensure that the job is done as scheduled or get the contract terminated."

Hattip to Sun

Chris Cuomo, a CNN host and brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has tested positive for Coronavirus.

In a tweet on Tuesday March 31, Chris revealed that he experienced COVID-19 symptoms, including "fever, chills and shortness of breath."

 
He wrote in a tweet;

"I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fever, chills and shortness of breath.

"I just hope I didn't give it to the kids and Cristina. That would make me feel worse than this illness!"

 
CNN host, Chris Cuomo tests positive for Coronavirus 


Cuomo was last seen in CNN's office in New York City on Friday March 27. On Monday night, the anchor broadcast his show from his home, which featured his governor brother joking with him about the basement location of the broadcast.

The good-natured banter on Monday night between the brothers, whose late father Mario Cuomo had served as New York's governor was widely noted on social media.


Chris Cuomo's disclosure came after his governor brother briefed reporters on the increasing numbers of COVID-19 in New York state, where the CNN host is now one of nearly 76,000 Empire State residents with the disease.

Commenting on his brother testing positive for the virus, Cuomo said;


"Everyone is subject to this virus. It is the great equalizer.  He is going to be fine. He's young, in good shape, strong, not as strong as he thinks, but he will be fine.

"I spoke to him this morning and he's going to be quarantined in his basement at home. He's just worried about his daughter and his kids, he hopes he didn't get them infected.

"I had a situation with Christopher" after learning that the anchorman had their mother, Matilda Cuomo, over to his house.

"I said that is a mistake, she's older, and she's healthy, but I said, 'You can't have mom at the house.

"You bring her to the house, you expose her to a lot of thing and you can expose mom to the virus.

"Love, sometimes, needs to be a little smarter than just reactive.  It's my family, it's your family, it's all of our families. This virus is that insidious, and we have to keep that in mind. Keep in mind Matilda's Law, remember who is vulnerable here and protect them."
The Federal Government has announced that all markets in states where a lockdown was imposed (Lagos, FCT and Ogun) will be allowed to open between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm daily.

The National Co-ordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Aliyu Sani, said this on Wednesday during a briefing by members of the task force.

"For markets, only shops and stalls selling food and groceries shall be allowed to open to customers between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm," he said.

Meanwhile, for supermarkets and food stores, their opening hours must be between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm and all owners and managers have been warned to screen staff and customers before entry.

"On arrival, all staff must be screened for a high temperature and all those found to have a high body temperature above 38, will be denied entry and advised to seek immediate medical attention.

"All deliveries for supplies and products for these supermarkets must be made between the hours of 5:00 am and 9:00 am," Sani added.

He further stated that at any point in time, the total number of customers inside each store must not exceed a third of the store's total capacity.

After their closure at 4:00 pm, Sani urged shop owners to ensure that all shelves, aisles and stores are cleaned and disinfected and by 6:00 pm, staff are conveyed back to their respective homes.

Paseka Motsoeneng, a South African clergy known also as Pastor Mboro, has reportedly as for money so he can travel to hell to kill the demon responsible for coronavirus.

KenyaUpdates, reports that Mboro, the pastor of Incredible Happenings Ministries, requested $100,000 as transportation fare to hell.

According to the cleric, the real cause of the disease is a demon in hell, so there's no need to waste money on research.

"I am ready to save mankind, I have seen a vision of how the Corona demon looks like and I will defeat it," Mboro said.

"There is no need for worrying and expensive research. The real problem is the demon causing this disease and I'm ready to kill it once and for all."

He also said that the money should be ready by April.

Meanwhile, Mboro had earlier claimed that he was told by God just before the pandemic broke out, the SouthAfrican had reported.

"God said to me there's going to be outbreaks. Outbreaks that will even cause hospitals to kill doctors and nurses. That's the time we should be seeking God," he reportedly said in a sermon.

"I listened to the president saying public meetings are banned for health reasons. God said this outbreak will happen this year. So it didn't take me by surprise. We've been preparing and praying.

"God gave me a way to pray for the president, saying that the storms that are coming are going to be heavy. What we need to do is take better care of ourselves and listen to what we're being told."

A classified intelligence submitted to President Donald Trump said China has been under-reporting the number of infections and casualties within its borders. The fresh intelligence submitted to President Donald Trump has accused the Chinese government of manipulating its data on the coronavirus pandemic, the report said on Wednesday. 

Bloomberg cited United States intelligence sources as claiming that China's disclosures on coronavirus incidents have been deliberately downplayed to deceive the world that its approach towards controlling the outbreak was effective. 

The Trump administration has not provided details of the intelligence or even publicly acknowledged it, but it echoed some of the concerns that U.S. officials have raised about China's handling of the crisis. Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, and other senior American government officials repeatedly suggested that China cannot be trusted to provide accurate information that could aid other countries in combatting the pandemic. 

"My concern is that this cover-up, this disinformation that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in, is still denying the world the information it needs so that we can prevent further cases or something like this from recurring again," Mr Pompeo said last month. 

The virus broke out in Wuhan, central China, in November 2019. There have been reports that in the first weeks that were crucial to containment efforts, China suppressed information about the virus from leaking out. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, China confirmed about 82,300 cases, out of which over 76,000 have recovered. The country's number of casualties is placed at about 3,200. Both China's death and infection numbers are behind the U.S., Italy and Spain. 

Chinese epidemiologists who tried to warn Chinese authorities and foreigners about the outbreak were suppressed or 'disappeared'. Experts said the country's tactics worsened the situation because it did not give other countries enough time to guard against the introduction of the virus into their population. 

China, however, has continued to deny suppressing information, with some Communist Party officials even claiming the virus did not start in China.