The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), says the average price to refill 5kg cylinder for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas), decreased by N2,000.34 in August 2019 from N2,024.80 in July.
The bureau said this in its “Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas) Price Watch’’ for August obtained from its website on Tuesday in Abuja.
It said that the decrease was by -1.21 per cent month-on-month and by -2.62 per cent year-on-year.
According to the report, states with the highest average price to refill a 5kg cylinder for cooking gas are Adamawa (N2,488.75), Bauchi (N2,468.89) and Borno (N2,391.07).
It added that states with the lowest average price for the refilling of a five kg cylinder for cooking gas were Osun (N1,694.44), Enugu (N1,718.05) and Abuja (N1,739.17).
“Similarly, average price for the refilling of a 12.5 kg cylinder for cooking gas increased by 0.09 per cent month-on-month and decreased by -3.35 per cent year-on-year to N4,220.11 in August 2019 from N4,216.29 in July.
“States with the highest average price for the refilling of a 12.5 kg cylinder for cooking gas were Akwa Ibom (N4,648.61), Benue (N4,625) and Enugu (N4,586.09).
“States with the lowest average price for the refilling of a 12.5 kg cylinder for cooking gas were Kano (N3,800), Lagos (N3,845.33) and Oyo (N3,872.45).”
The NBS said the various prices were collected across all the 774 local governments across all states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), from more than 10,000 respondents and locations.
The NBS said its audit team subsequently conducted randomly selected verification of prices recorded.
edited by Sadiya Hamza
Germany’s most recent mortality figures down to 3 pct above average: Destatis
With around 18,000 deaths registered between April 20 and April 26, Germany’s most recent mortality figures were only three percent above the country’s average from past years, the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) said on Friday.
The data for the two previous weeks had still shown an excess mortality rate of nine percent and 13 percent, respectively. “Excess mortality” means that more people die at a specific time in the course of a year than would have been expected to die in view of the case numbers of previous years. Still, the current development of mortality would be “striking as this year’s influenza epidemic is deemed to be over since mid-March already,” Destatis noted.
“Usually, waves of influenza have an impact on mortality figures until mid-April,” Destatis noted. This would suggest that there was a “connection between the slight excess mortality currently observed and the coronavirus pandemic.”
However, the German ifo Institute for Economic Research pointed out that the number of people dying in Germany is currently at a level “similar to normal for this time of year” despite the coronavirus outbreak.
“Despite the slight upward trend in the mortality rates observed in April, the deviation still lies within a range that can be explained by random influences,” said Anna Kremer from the ifo Institute’s Dresden branch.
Even in older age groups that have been particularly at risk of COVID-19, “no higher mortality rates have been observed so far, the figures still fall within the range of statistical uncertainty,” the ifo Institute noted.
According to Destatis, excess mortality in Germany would be low compared with other European countries. Italy’s national statistical institute (Istat), for example, even reported 49 percent more deaths in March 2020 than in the years between 2015 and 2019.
Each Portuguese family loses over 1,000 USD on average due to COVID-19: study
“Since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal from March until mid-May, the loss of income was widespread in 70 percent of households,” the Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection (DECO) said in a statement, according to the Lusa News Agency.
The study was carried out between May 14-15 with an online questionnaire to “a representative sample of the Portuguese population” aged between 18 and 74 years old, with 1,002 responses obtained.
According to the study, at the center of the financial loss is the decrease of professional income between mid-March and May, which ranged between 581 and 1,126 euros (roughly 634 to 1,229 dollars).
The self-employed were the most affected, with the majority continuing to work, but with less income, it added.
In addition, the financial damage recorded in the period was also due to the cancellation of trips, cultural and sports events, losses in real estate rents and in investments in financial products, according to the study.
“Savings, as a consequence, are being greatly affected,” it said, adding “in one third of the cases, savings have already been used to meet daily expenses and another third of families anticipate the need to do so.”
Given the adverse circumstances, one in four families was forced to ask for financial assistance, the study found.
Level of excess mortality in Germany decreases to 8 pct above four-year average: Destatis
In the third week of April, the total number of people in Germany who died declined slightly to eight percent above the average between 2016 and 2019, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced on Friday.
The “increased mortality numbers” in Germany had been first recorded by the end of March, according to Destatis. In the second week of April, the deviation had been greatest with 12 percent above the four-year average.
Destatis noted that the “current development is striking” because the mortality figures at the end of March and the beginning of April would usually decrease.
Compared to other countries in Europe, the extent of excess mortality in Germany was “comparatively low,” Destatis noted.
Death figures in Germany exceed average of previous years: Destatis
The latest available death figures in Germany were above the average of the comparable periods of the years 2016 to 2019, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced on Friday.
While death figures for the last week of March were only two percent above the four-year average, the first week of April was already seven percent above average, according to the preliminary figures by Destatis.
In the second week of April, the last week for which data was available, the upward deviation of the mortality figures in Germany was, with almost 2,000 cases, even 11 percent above the four-year average, according to Destatis.
“The current development is striking because death figures tend to decline notably from week to week at this time of the year as the influenza epidemic recedes,” Destatis noted.
The development would point to an “excess mortality,” Destatis noted, which meant a higher number of deaths at a certain point in the course of a year than would have been expected in connection with the COVID 19 pandemic in Germany.
The preliminary data by Destatis was based on a “case-count of the death notifications received” and referred to the date of death rather than the date of registration.
However, the recent death figures were only marginally higher than in 2018 when Germany had been hit by one of the worst influenza seasons in decades.
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s federal disease control agency, there had been around 25,000 influenza-related deaths in Germany during the flu season 2017/2018.
Vegetation period in Germany two weeks ahead of long-term average
Due to the mild weather in winter, the vegetation period in Germany this year had started in mid-March, almost two weeks before the long-term average, the German National Meteorological Service (DWD) announced on Tuesday.
Almost at the same time, very low-precipitation weather had set in and “soil moisture in Germany was unusually low in April,” DWD noted.
The consequences could be observed during walks in nature and gardens, said Tobias Fuchs, director of climate and environment at DWD. “The upper soil layers have dried up. In some areas of Germany, the soil moisture is already conspicuously low.”
Between March 14 and April 18, less than 10 liters per square meter of rain had fallen in Germany, according to calculations from DWD. At the same time, sunshine, very dry air and winds had caused high evaporation rates.
China’s hospitals see dropping average stay, higher efficiency
(Xinhua/NAN) A National Health Commission on Thursday says China’s average hospital stay in 2018 was 9.3 days, down by 42.6 per cent compared to that in 1992.
The average hospital stay has been dropping for five years in a row in tertiary hospitals, the top tier of China’s hospital grades, which has the largest number of beds and provides comprehensive medical services.
The commission has been optimising the service procedures in hospitals across the country and promoting the services of ambulatory surgery and early rehabilitation.
Edited by Halima Sheji/Abdulfatah Babatunde
Average price per litre of kerosene up in August — NBS
The average price per litre paid by consumers for National Household Kerosene increased to N319.94 in August 2019 from N316.03 in July, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
The bureau, in its “National Household Kerosene Price Watch (August 2019)” obtained from its website on Tuesday in Abuja, said the increase is by 1.24 percent month-on-month and 10.80 percent year-on-year.
The report by the bureau indicates that states with the highest average price per litre of kerosene were Abia, N375.55; Enugu, N365.47; and Ebonyi, N358.33.
It also said that states with the lowest average price per litre of kerosene were Abuja, where it sold for N245.50; Kwara, N261.11; and Benue, N261.90.
“Similarly, average price per gallon paid by consumers for kerosene increased by 0.19 percent month-on-month and by 11.92 percent year-on-year to N1, 213.53 in August 2019 from N1, 211.18 in July.
“States with the highest average price per gallon of kerosene were Gombe, N1, 400; Adamawa, N1, 360.00; and Borno, N1, 355.
“States with the lowest average price per gallon of kerosene were Bayelsa, N1, 030; Akwa Ibom, N1, 079.58; and Osun,N1, 085.22.”
The NBS said that in arriving at the statistics, field work was carried out by its staff in all states of the federation, supported by supervisors who were monitored by internal and external observers.
Edited by Abiodun Esan/Oluwole Sogunle
Heat, drought in Germany lead to below-average harvests
Heat, drought in Germany lead to sub-par harvests
Omitting data from 2018 – a drought year – the harvest was about six per cent lower than the average of the crops from 2013 to 2017, the German Farmers’ Association said on Friday on Facebook.
“Overall, we see that the weather extremes are increasing,” Association President, Joachim Rukwied, said, noting that some regions had sufficient rainfall, while others recorded temperatures as high as 40 degrees in June and July.
“This,of course, puts pressure on yields,’’ he added.
Low rainfall and high temperatures in 2018 led many German farmers to record their worst harvest, with Agriculture Minister, Julia Kloeckner, saying the “national scale” of the drought inflicted damage that required federal assistance.
Farmers with financial problems have so far received around 228 million euros (252 million dollars) in state aid.
Payouts are possible until Aug. 31 of this year.
Germany’s federal and state governments had promised aid of up to 170 million euros each.
Germany’s Agriculture Ministry will present its harvest report on Aug. 29. (dpa/NAN)
Average price of kerosene decreases in July — NBS
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), says the average price per litre paid by consumers for National Household Kerosene decreased to N316.03 in July from N316.43 in June.
The bureau said this in its “National Household Kerosene Price Watch (July 2019)’’ obtained from its website on Tuesday in Abuja.
The NBS said the price of kerosene decreased by -0.13 per cent month-on month and increased by 14.14 per cent year-on-year in the period under review.
It said that states with the highest average price per litre of kerosene were Abia N388.33, Enugu N378.72 and Anambra N357.14.
It added that states with the lowest average price per litre of kerosene were Benue, Kwara and Nassarawa where the product was sold at N250.
“Similarly, average price per gallon paid by consumers for kerosene decreased by -0.44 per cent month-on-month and increased by 21.10 per cent year-on-year to N1,211.18 in July from N1,1216.53 in June.
“States with the highest average price per gallon of kerosene were Gombe N1,436.15, Taraba N1,376.21 and Jigawa N1,360.
“States with the lowest average price per gallon of kerosene were Osun N1, 071.15, Akwa Ibom N1, 070.75 and Bayelsa N1, 026.15.”
The NBS said that in arriving at the report, field work was done by more than 700 of its staff in all states of the federation supported by supervisors who were monitored by internal and external observers.
It said the NBS audit team subsequently conducted randomly selected verification of the prices recorded.
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