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Akinwunmi Adesina re-elected as AFDB president

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Pregnant British PM’s fiancee tests positive for coronavirus

Carrie Symonds, the pregnant fiancee of British prime minister Boris Johnson, has tested positive for coronavirus, reports in British media said on Saturday.

“I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus. I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend,” Symonds said on Twitter.

Alas!!! Twins born in lockdown named ‘Corona’ and ‘Covid

An Indian mother has named her twins born during the coronavirus lockdown in her country after the deadly virus.

Preeti Verma, from central India, named the boy Covid and the girl Corona.

Nigerian Government says no Licence issued for deployment of 5G technology

The Federal Government has declared that no licence has been issued for the deployment of 5G Technology in the country.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday.

Commissioner for health in Enugu State is dead

Nigeria - The Commissioner for Health in Enugu State, Professor Anthony Ugochukwu is dead. The surgeon died at a private hospital in the state on Friday night, April 3rd.

JUST IN: NCDC admits error, places confirmed cases of Coronavirus at 209

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has corrected an error it made in the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus cases it recently released. 

#CoronaVirusInNigeria: Ogun State lockdown in PHOTOS

Nigeria - Residents of Ogun State on Saturday remained indoors as the Coronavirus lockdown took effect on Friday night.

Breaking! Missing Osun COVID-19 patient apprehended by police

Nigeria - The missing COVID-19 patient in Osun state, has been apprehended by the police and returned to the Isolation facility in Ejigbo, area of the State on Saturday. Recall our earlier report of escape of six persons later confirmed to be one.

JUST IN: Only one COVID-19 patient escaped at Ejigbo Isolation Centre

Nigeria - The Osun Government has said that only one and not six coronavirus patients escaped from its isolation centre in Ejigbo Local Government Area of the state.

Mrs Funke Egbemode, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, made this known on Saturday in Osogbo while reacting to reports that six patients escaped from the isolation centre ( Read our earlier report here )

Reactions from Nigerians Trail The Claim That 5G Network Causes Coronavirus

Numerous conspiracy theories shared on and off social media claim that 5G mobile networks are the cause of coronavirus pandemic.

This has been asserted to be false by AFP. Experts have said that 5G is based on radio frequency and that this does not create viruses according to AFP.

Breaking!!! Panic as Osun six positive coronavirus patients escape from isolation center, see their names and phone numbers. See helplines if any seen

Nigeria - Osun State residents panic as six persons who tested positive escaped from isolation centre at Gedu in Ejigbo area of the state.

According to an unofficial public announcement the state has launch manhunt for the six persons who escaped from the isolation centre on Friday night.

South Africa rolls out mobile testing in coronavirus lockdown

(By AFP) - South African public healthcare workers dispersed into the buzzing streets of Johannesburg's Yeoville neighbourhood on Friday as Africa's worst virus-hit country rolled out mass door-to-door testing for COVID-19.

REVEALED!!! Scare as the Lagos death following Corona Virus infection may have lead to infecting many others

Nigeria - Report from Punch says the patient who died in Lagos as a result of Corona Virus is a 55-year-old man. He died in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, hours after he was admitted, The Forefront has learned.

The hospital only discovered after his death that he had Coronavirus. A Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test was done on his blood posthumously and it tested positive for Coronavirus, the publication reports.

Messi’s private plane forced into emergency landing

A £12million private plane used by Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, was forced into an emergency landing at Brussels airport in Belgium on Friday morning.

The plane was forced to land after it developed issues with its landing gear, according to Belgian outlet HLN.

Eight inmates of Kaduna prison reportedly killed by officials for leading protest

Nigeria - Eight inmates of the Kaduna Correctional Centre have been reportedly killed by prison officials after they engaged in a protest at the facility according to Sahara Reporters.

Recall it was earlier reported on Tuesday, March 31st that inmates engaged in a riot over a rumoured suspected case of COVID-19 at the facility ( Earlier report here )

Reverred CNN anchor, Brooke Baldwin tests positive for Coronavirus

Popular CNN anchor, Brooke Baldwin has tested positive for Coronavirus, three days after her colleague Chris Cuomo revealed that he has COVID-19.

#CoronaVirusInNigeria: Germany donates €5.5m to Nigeria

The German Mission in Nigeria has pledged €5.5m to the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund. This was made known by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria.

Breaking!!! As confirmed cases of corona virus hit 210 with 20 new cases, sadly, Lagos and Edo record deaths. See new stats per state

Twenty new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 11 in Lagos, 3 in the FCT, 3 in Edo, 2 in Osun & 1 in Ondo

Friday, 3 April 2020

Nigeria to receive 18 Chinese medical experts to fight coronavirus

Nigerian Government on Friday said 18-man team of Chinese medical experts will arrive the country in a few days to assist the country in its fight against coronavirus.

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#COVID19: Federal Govt. to evacuate stranded Nigerians abroad

The federal government has announced that it will be evacuating Nigerians who stay abroad and are willing to return home. 

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) disclosed that the evacuation process was initiated following pleas from Nigerians who are stranded abroad due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Germany’s Merkel returns to office after quarantine stint

German Chancellor Angela Merkel left her Berlin home for the first time in almost two weeks on Friday, after she was forced into quarantine following contact with a COVID-19-infected doctor.

Lean On Me soul singer, Bill Withers dies aged 81

Bill Withers has died from heart complications at the age of 81, his family said.

The acclaimed 1970s soul singer behind hits "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean On Me" died on Monday, March 30, in Los Angeles, the family told the Associated Press.

Good news as Lagos discharges four more COVID-19 patients

Nigeria - The Lagos State Government on Friday said four more Coronavirus patients have been discharged after they tested negative twice.

Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi disclosed this at a news conference to give update on Coronavirus situation in Lagos at the Island Maternity Hospital on Lagos Island, Lagos.

China to hold national mourning for coronavirus victims

China will hold a national mourning event on Saturday to commemorate those who died in its fight against the deadly coronavirus, including 14 frontline workers.

Singapore to close workplaces, schools in virus fight

Singapore will close schools and workplaces while people are being told to stay home, as the city-state ramps up curbs to stem the spread of coronavirus, the premier said Friday.

The country has won praise for its handling of the outbreak and had largely kept the crisis in check by carrying out large numbers of tests and tracing close contacts of those infected.

Tragedy as billboard crushes man to death in Aba (PHOTOS)

Nigeria - A man has died after a billboard fell on him during a storm in Aba, Abia State.

Another man trapped by the huge board was said to be fighting for his life at a hospital in the commercial city in an incident that happened on Wednesday.
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Breaking: Confirmed cases of Corona Virus in Nigeria now 190 with 6 new cases, 20 discharged. See stats per state.

Six new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Osun State, Nigeria.

Nigerian man shot dead for flouting coronavirus lockdown

A Nigerian man has been shot dead for allegedly flouting a stay-at-home order aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, police and a lawmaker said on Friday.

Nigeria has introduced a raft of measures, including lockdowns of major cities, to try to contain the virus, which has infected 184 people, two of them fatally.

Imam Peace of peace at it again!!! If the Buhari government is begging for ventilators in public, imagine what they beg for in private

Nigeria - Popular Islamic cleric, Imam of Peace, has taken a shot at the Nigerian government.

Recall that yesterday, the Ministry of Finance via its Twitter handle, appealed to UK billionaire businessman, Elon Musk, to help the Nigerian government with ventilators. 

#CoronaVirusInNigeria: Former INEC Chairman Maurice Iwu says vaccine to be ready soon

The drug for the treatment of the dreaded coronavirus will be ready as soon as the testing of the vaccine is completed, former INEC Chairman, Professor of Pharmacist and the Chairman of the Imo State Taskforce on Covid-19, Prof. Maurice Iwu said on Thursday.

#CoronaVirusInNigeria: FG urges Telcos to subsidise calls, data for Nigerians

Nigeria - ISA Pantami, minister of Communications and Digital Economy, has called on telecommunications service providers to subsidy and relax calls and data for Nigerians.

#CoronaVirus: Figures keep rising as global number of confirmed cases passes one million

More than 1,002,159 people have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 disease worldwide, according to figures collected by researchers from Johns Hopkins University.

#CoronaVirus: LASEPA reverses self, unseals Jumia warehouse in Lagos

Nigeria - The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) yesterday reopened Jumia’s warehouse situated at Surulere industrial road, off Allen, Ikeja, which was sealed on Wednesday for contravening the lockdown order by the Federal government in the state. Recall The Forefront Media Org reported the sealing of Jumia and other outfits in Lagoon for contravening the lockdown order (Read our earlier report here )

Tragic!!! 10 killed in fresh Plateau midnight attack amid corona virus scare

Nigeria - About 10 persons have been killed in Bassa town of Bassa local government area of Plateau State on Wednesday night by unknown gunmen.

On Tuesday night, the same local government was attacked in which three persons were killed and many others injured.

Relief on the First Lady Aisha as President Buhari’s daughter returns from self-isolation

Nigeria - One of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari, who self-isolated after returning from the United Kingdom, has rejoined the family. Recall The Forefront Media Org report two weeks ago the president's daughter was in self isolation after returning from UK (Read here

Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, broke the news in a tweet.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Scare as new Coronavirus strain' which lasts for 49 days discovered in China

A new strain of Coronavirus discovered in China has raised fear of the virus lasting for 49 days. 

A team of researchers led by Dr Li Tan, of the General Hospital of Central Theater Command of PLA in Wuhan, made their announcement on medRxiv, a scientific website on to which medical papers are uploaded prior to being printed and scrutinised by peers.

Osun State confirms six new cases of coronavirus

Nigeria - The Osun State Government has confirmed six new cases of coronavirus on Thursday among 127 Cote d’Ivoire returnees that have been tested.

As Corona Virus threatens, Lassa fever death toll in Nigeria rises to 185

The Lassa Fever death toll has risen to 185 in Nigeria amid the fight against Coronavirus outbreak in the country. 

In a new report shared by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on its Twitter handle on Thursday April 2, it was gathered that the number of newly confirmed cases decreased from 28 in week 12 to 19 cases in week 13, which is the reporting week. 

And its the turn of Germany as German airlines airlift 238 nationals from Nigeria

Lufthansa German Airlines on Thursday airlifted 238 German nationals out of Nigeria through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport ( MMIA), Lagos.

Chinese businessman arrested in South Africa for allegedly locking up 14 employees for several days and forcing them to produce masks

A 53-year-old Chinese national has been granted R20,000 bail in the Durban magistrate's court in connection with charges related to contravening the Disaster Management Act.

And Lagos discharges 11 COVID-19 patients

Nigeria - The Lagos State Government has announced the discharge of eleven coronavirus patients.

This was confirmed by the state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu via Twitter on Thursday.

Breaking News: #CoronaVirus confirmed cases in Nigeria rises to 184 with 10 new cases. See states' breakdown

Ten new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 7 in Lagos and 3 in the FCT.

Petrol marketers (IPMAN) agree to sell fuel for N123 to Nigerians

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) said they have agreed to sell petrol for N123 in compliance with government directive.

“The National Executive Committee (NEC) of IPMAN once more commends the Federal Government of Nigeria for the further reduction of the pump price of PMS to between N123.50k and N125 per litre,” IPMAN president Sanusi Fari said in a statement.

Nigerian Government says post begging for free ventilators “unauthorised” (PHOTOS)

Nigerian Government has said the post requesting for free ventilators from Elon Musk, a South African-born American entrepreneur and businessman, was unauthorised.

Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, Finance Minister spokesman, said “fact of the post is regrettable because of which it is brought down.”

Coronavirus leaves Club Brugge crowned Belgium League Champions

Belgian football chiefs have canceled the rest of the 2019/20 season and crowned Club Brugge champions of the Jupiler Pro League due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe, according to the Daily Mail.

They voted unanimously for cancellation in a conference call on Thursday, and it is expected to be approved by the general assembly on April 15.

Air France airlifts 399 French nationals out of Nigeria

Over 399 French national were airlifted out of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Thursday.

The French nationals were flown out by an Air France aircraft which took to the skies about 13.56 hours.

See PHOTOS as Lagos state government shuts down Agege Central Mosque over attack on COVID-19 Taskforce

Nigeria - Recall we earlier reported the attack by Muslim worshippers on the taskforce (READ HERE)

The Lagos State Government has shut the Agege Central Mosque after some worshippers on Wednesday April 1st, attacked members of the State COVID-19 Taskforce mandated to monitor and enforce compliance against public gatherings exceeding 25 people. 

President Buhari meets with #COVID19 presidential committee (SEE PHOTOS)

Nigeria - The purpose of the meeting was yo discuss the economic impact of corona virus nationwide.

More photos after the cut>>>

#CoronaVirusInNigeria: Frontline doctor contracts corona virus in Edo

Nigeria - A doctor in the frontline of the COVID-19 treatment at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State, has contracted the disease, the President of the National Association of Resident Doctors, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, has confirmed.

Sokomba revealed this on Channels Television’s daily magazine programme “Sunrise Daily” and in a series of tweet by the doctor’s colleagues on Twitter.

Donald Trump casts doubt on Chinese coronavirus figures

President Donald Trump cast doubt on the accuracy of official Chinese figures on its coronavirus outbreak after US lawmakers, citing an intelligence report, accused Beijing of a cover-up.

“How do we know” if they are accurate, Trump asked at a press conference. “Their numbers seem to be a little bit on the light side.”

North Korea insists it is free of coronavirus

(By AFP/The Forefront) -North Korea remains totally free of the coronavirus, a senior health official in Pyongyang has insisted, despite mounting scepticism overseas as confirmed global infections near one million.

The already isolated, nuclear-armed North quickly shut down its borders after the virus was first detected in neighbouring China in January, and imposed strict containment measures.

So sad!!! UK starts building temporary mortuary the size of two football fields as they believe the number of corona virus deaths will rise (Photos)

The UK government has started building a morgue the size of two football pitches near the new London hospital for Coronavirus patients as they believe the number of deaths will rise.

The temporary mortuary is under construction on Wanstead Flats, in Manor Park, east London, near the City of London crematorium and cemetery.