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Coronavirus: President Resident Doctors in Nasarawa test positive

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Coronavirus: President Resident Doctors in Nasarawa test positive

Dr Peter Idoko, the President of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) Nasarawa State chapter, has tested positive tp Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Idoko confirmed this via phone to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lafia.

According to him, his sample was taken and the result came out positive and is currently receiving treatment at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) in Lafia.

However, Idoko said that he is stable at the moment and needed to receive treatment because of the status of his result.

When contacted, Dr Peter Umaru, Nasarawa State Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), who also tested positive and in isolation at DASH, said currently 68 healthcare workers across the state have contracted the virus.

He explained that out of 238 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, 68 are healthcare workers including nine doctors.

The NMA chairman said that 54 of the affected healthcare workers were from public facilities, while 14 were from private facilities.

He noted that 12 of the healthcare workers were from Karu, 23 from Keffi, seven from Nassarawa-Eggon and 26 from Lafia Local Government Areas.

He said with the number of healthcare workers testing positive, the government should give priority to providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

The NMA chairman however commended the management of DASH for taking good care of them at the isolation centre.

“The management of the hospital are taking good care of us as if we are at home,” he said.

Umaru said that he is responding to treatment and may be discharged today (Friday) to continue twith medication on self isolation.

“I am stable now and do not have any symptoms again.

“I am still awaiting the result of my sample that had been taken today. If tested negative, it means I am free from the virus,” the NMA chairman said. .

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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BP posts second-quarter post-tax loss of $16.8bn

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Global energy giant BP on Tuesday reported a post-tax loss of 16.8 billion dollars in the second quarter amid lower oil prices and writedowns.


The loss compared to a post-tax profit of 1.8 billion dollars in the April to June period a year ago.

The company said that costs for writedowns of inventories and exploration charges weighed heavily on the results.

Second-quarter oil prices were down by over one half compared to a year ago in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and a oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia earlier this year.

“These headline results have been driven by another very challenging quarter, but also by the deliberate steps we have taken as we continue to reimagine energy and reinvent BP,” chief executive Bernard Looney said.

By the end of decade, Looney said BP would be investing around 5 billion dollars in low-carbon projects a year, and during the same period expected daily oil and gas production to drop by 40 per cent from 2019 levels.

The company said it would cut its dividend payout for the first time since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Shareholders were to receive 5.25 United States cents per share, compared with the previous quarter’s 10.5 United States cents per share.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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Revival of ailing industries will strengthen currency -Expert

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Mr Promise Amahah, an economic expert says revamping ailing industries and economic diversification in the country will help to strengthen the value of the Naira among world currencies.


Amahah stated while reacting to the fall of the Naira amid COVID-19 pandemic during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.

The Naira exchanged for about N387 to a dollar in the foreign exchange market as at Aug. 3.

He advised the Federal Government to also sustain the tempo in its diversification drive in different sectors of the economic to further boost the economy.

He said that the revamping of all ailing industries in agriculture, textiles, IT, education among others would create more jobs, open investment as well as raise the value of the Naira.

“The fall of the Naira did not just happen overnight. When Naira was stronger was when we had Peugeot Automobile Nigeria, Volkswagen Nigeria, Dunlop Nigeria Ltd, Michelin Nigeria, Bata and Lennards.

“Our Naira had value when we had Nigerian Airways, Steel Rolling Mills; Osogbo Steel Rolling Mill, Ajaokuta steel, Arewa Textile Mill, BEREC Batteries, General Motors and Kingsway among others,” he said.

Amahah, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Strategy Worth and Technology (SWAT), lauded Federal Government for its move to revive Ajaokuta Steel Company.

The expert said the commitment by the Central Bank of Nigeria to revive Nigerian Cotton Textile and Garment industries was the right step in the right direction.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Oil prices fall as rising coronavirus case numbers cast shadow over fuel demand pickup

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Oil prices slid on Tuesday amid concerns that a nascent recovery in fuel demand could stall as a fresh wave of COVID-19 infections around the world sparks tighter lockdowns.


This is just as major producers ramp up output.

United States West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 30 cents, or 0.7 per cent to $40.71 a barrel at 0414 GMT, while Brent crude futures fell 37 cents or 0.8 per cent to $43.78 a barrel.

The slide comes after WTI rose 1.8 per cent and Brent climbed 1.5 per cent on Monday on better-than-expected data on manufacturing activity in Asia, Europe and the United States.

The activity is showing factories were emerging from the worst of the early coronavirus pandemic impact.

“On the demand side, we had quite encouraging global manufacturing (data) … but there’s still quite a bit of evidence of the oil demand recovery stalling in quite a few markets with a resurgence of COVID-19,’’ said Lachlan Shaw, Head of commodity research at National Australia Bank (NAB).

Denting fuel demand, cities from Manila to Melbourne are tightening lockdowns to battle new infections, while Norway has stopped cruise ship traffic in the latest European travel alarm.

In a further sign of a patchy rebound in demand, analysts estimate United States refined product stockpiles rose last week, according to a preliminary Reuters’ poll ahead of data due from the American Petroleum Institute industry group later on Tuesday and the United States government on Wednesday.

Five analysts estimated, on average, that United States inventories of gasoline rose by 600,000 barrels.

Distillate stockpiles, which include diesel and heating oil, likely grew by 800,000 barrels, while crude stocks fell by 3.3 million barrels in the week to July 31.

At the same time producers in the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, together known as OPEC+, are stepping up output this month, adding around 1.5 million barrels a day of supply.

United States producers also plan to restart shut-in production and inventories remain near historical highs.

“I think it is fair to say that most oil market participants expected more downward pressure on oil to start the week with COVID-19 ravaging the landscape and OPEC+ adding more barrels into play,’’ said Stephen Innes, Chief Global Markets Strategist at AxiCorp, in a daily note.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Algeria to reopen mosques for public – President

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Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune late on Monday announced that his country “is reviewing the possibility to reopen mosques for the public,’’ the official APS news agency reported.


The president made the remarks during a meeting of the High Security Council attended by top military and security officials as well as cabinet members to assess the COVID-19 epidemic inside the country.

Tebboune instructed Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad to programme a gradual reopening of mosques.

He added that the first phase of the programme will be limited to 1,000 large mosques in the country, which “will be able to allow the essential physical distancing with the imperative wearing of masks by all’’.

The prime minister was authorised to estimate the reopening of beaches and other places for recreation and relaxation.

Mosques, beaches and parks in the country have been closed since mid-March, as part of measures taken by the authorities to stem the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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