A corps member, Faith Okiemute, has donated face masks to members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Sokoto State Council.
Okiemute, serving with the Sokoto State Ministry of Environment with state Code Number: SO/19B/3273, made the donation at a brief meeting between NYSC officials and members of the chapel in Sokoto on Wednesday.
She, therefore, called for prayer for journalists, in addition to providing them will all safety measures.
“The face masks I am donating today are branded with NYSC to show our strength and belief in the Nigerian state,” she said.
Responding on behalf of the chapel’s chairman, Habibu Harisu, its Secretary, Mr Ankeli Emmanuel, appreciated NYSC and the corps member for the geeture.
He added that Okiemute had written her name in gold by this singular gesture.
“She has shown a deep sense of commitment to the importance of information in any human setting,” he said.
Edited By: Moses Solanke and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)
S.Korea reports 39 more COVID-19 cases, 11,629 in total
The daily caseload stayed above 30 for four straight days due to small cluster infections from religious gatherings in the metropolitan area.
Of the new cases, six were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 1,275.
No more death was confirmed, leaving the death toll at 273. The total fatality rate stood at 2.35 percent.
A total of 32 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 10,499. The total recovery rate was 90.3 percent.
Since Jan. 3, the country has tested more than 973,000 people, among whom 934,030 tested negative for the virus and 28,199 are being checked.
Interview: Insufficient COVID-19 testing for United States public contributes to high death toll, says expert
A lack of sufficient testing for the presence of COVID-19 in the general public might be one of the major reasons for the large number of deaths in the United States, a leading medical expert has said.
“Without greater monitoring and testing, it is difficult to properly control the spread of the novel coronavirus infection. Simply testing individuals with suspected infection and first responder health care personnel is inadequate to provide the protection and means to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Kent Pinkerton, professor of pediatrics from the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, told Xinhua in a recent interview.
“This is particularly troublesome with some active carriers and shedders of COVID-19 who are completely asymptomatic,” he added.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least a third of COVID-19 patients are asymptomatic. About 40 percent of transmission occurred prior to symptom onset.
Pinkerton said although measures taken for stay-in-shelter mandates around the country have helped to flatten the curve of infection, many areas continue to see no reduction in the incidence of infection.
To lighten these mandates without the proper use of personal protective equipment could be associated with a future resurgence of COVID-19 in the United States, he noted.
According to Pinkerton, the major challenges ahead in controlling the spread of the pandemic are patience on the part of the U.S. public and the development of an efficacious vaccine for protection against COVID-19.
Experts are worried that the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died last week while in police custody, may result in new outbreaks.
“Based on the way the disease spreads, there is every reason to expect that we will see new clusters and potentially new outbreaks moving forward,” said United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams.
Coronavirus testing sites in many locations have been closed due to unrest.
Since most people who are infected with the coronavirus develop symptoms within 14 days of being infected and can spread the disease days before they feel sick, the window to get tested and avoid infecting others is small.
“The impact of the ongoing protests on COVID-19 case counts may be revealed in about two weeks,” Zhang Zuofeng, professor of epidemiology and associate dean for research with the school of public health at University of California, Los Angeles, told Xinhua.
French gov’t launches contact-tracing smartphone app “StopCOVID”
Photo taken on June 3, 2020 shows the contact-tracing smartphone app “StopCOVID” on a mobile phone in Paris, France. French government launched on June 2 “StopCOVID,” a contact-tracing smartphone app that could warn people voluntarily using it if they come into contact with a COVID-19 carrier. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)
Spotlight: United States Fed likely to offer more guidance on rates next week amid COVID-19 fallout
The United States Federal Reserve is likely to provide more guidance at its policy meeting next week to signal intentions to keep interest rates near zero for a few years so as to help the economy get through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to several economists.
“One deliverable that we should be able to count on at the June meeting is the return of the Summary of Economic Projections (SEP),” Jay H. Bryson, acting chief economist at Wells Fargo Securities, wrote Monday in a report.
“We suspect that may open the door to implicit forward guidance, a tool heralded by policymakers before the current crisis as a primary mechanism for influencing policy,” he said.
The Fed usually releases the quarterly SEP four times each year, which lays out Fed officials’ expectations about growth, inflation, unemployment and short-term interest rates. But the central bank didn’t release the SEP in March as the evolving COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for Fed officials to offer reliable economic forecasts.
“Rather than provide explicit forward guidance, committee members could implicitly signal that the fed funds rate is unlikely to increase through at least 2022 through changes in the dot plot,” Bryson said, referring to Fed officials’ individual forecasts of the federal funds rate.
“While the market reaction from such a move would likely be relatively small given that this appears to be the market’s base case scenario, it would at least reinforce the idea,” he said.
In Bryson‘s view, any changes to the Fed’s projections for federal funds rate over the longer run will be more important. “If the median projection for the longer-run fed funds rate falls precipitously, this could be a more material form of forward guidance,” he said.
Ryan Sweet, an economist with Moody’s Analytics, believed that the central bank is leaning toward an outcome-based forward guidance, similar but not identical to that used in the last recession.
“This time around, we anticipate that the Fed will use forward guidance that commits to delay the liftoff from the effective lower bound until full employment and 2% (inflation target) have been achieved,” Sweet wrote Monday in a note.
“If the Fed adopted this approach to forward guidance, it would be dovish, requiring meeting both an employment threshold and an inflation threshold, rather than just one or the other,” he said.
The Fed cut interest rates to near zero at two unscheduled meetings in March and began purchasing massive quantities of U.S. treasuries and agency mortgage-backed securities to repair financial markets. It also unveiled new lending programs to provide up to 2.3 trillion U.S. dollars to support the economy in response to the pandemic.
The United States Commerce Department reported last week that economic activity in the first quarter contracted at an annual rate of 5 percent in a second estimate, 0.2 percentage point lower than the advance estimate.
That downwardly revised figure, however, still does not fully capture COVID-19‘s economic damage, and many analysts believe that the decline in the second quarter is expected to be much deeper.
The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the size of the United States economy by 7.9 trillion dollars over the next decade, according to new projections released by the Congressional Budget Office on Monday.
Turkey’s aquarium boosts hygiene measures against COVID-19
Turkey’s largest thematic aquarium in Istanbul has boosted its measures on hygiene and public safety after it was reopened on Monday.
“Visitors are first welcomed at the entrance of the venue by a couple of fully equipped security officials who take their temperatures,” she said, noting that wearing masks is also mandatory in the venue.
“Signs, which remind the social distancing rule, can be seen in every 1.5 meters,” Capanoglu added. “So, everyone knows where to stand safely.”
The Istanbul Aquarium, home to nearly 17,000 land and sea creatures, reopened its doors to visitors on Monday in line with the country’s relaxing of the pandemic restrictions after being closed for over two months.
“During the quarantine period, our personnel continued to work to feed and care the residents of our aquarium, including sharks and penguins,” Capanoglu also said.
The aquarium, one of the biggest ones in the world, lures millions of visitors each year, offering them a wide range of activities, including diving with sharks and fish feeding.
COVID-19: Oyo activates 3 community testing sites
The News Agency of Nigera reports that the community testing initiative was intended to accommodate about 10,000 samples.
The community testing drive which was supervised by Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, began at the Alegongo Primary School, Lagelu West Local Council Development Area, Ibadan.
Olatubosun said that the community testing was free, and encouraged Oyo people to get tested when the team would reach their communities.
“We are treating this as an emergency; no amount spent by government on this is a waste.
”We believe the citizenry will contribute meaningfully to the productivity of the state and, invariably, increase the gross domestic product of the state when they are healthy; by so doing, it will improve the economy of the state further.
“That is the reason we are doing everything possible to make sure that the people have access to medical care, most especially against anything that has to do with COVID-19,” he said.
He said that the task force started with selective testing and later engaged in Drive-Through/Walk-Through Testing at Adamasingba, where it advised the people to drive in and get tested.
“But we are reaching a stage where we have to go to the community, and that is why we are decentralising testing, which we call community testing.
“We are now moving to communities, local government areas. where we have encouraged people from all the communities to come out and get tested.
“The essence of this is that we cannot sit down somewhere and be assessing people.
” In figures, Oyo State is rated fourth or fifth but we have tested far more than many states.
“We are doing this to have adequate and exact data to work with and arrest the spread of the virus from the community level,” the commissioner said.
The Incident Manager of the state’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), Dr Taiwo Ladipo, said that the community testing drive was the response of the State COVID-19 Task Force to the rising number of cases in the state.
Tunisia’s COVID-19 cases rise to 1,087 with 49 deaths
The country recorded one new case, bringing the number of the total COVID-19 cases to 1,087.
A total of 965 recoveries have been recorded.
Yemen’s government reports 20 new COVID-19 cases, 419 in total
The Yemeni Health Ministry said in a brief statement that during the past 24 hours, 20 cases of COVID-19 were detected in a number of provinces under the control of internationally-recognized government.
Also, the government announced that the death toll from the deadly respiratory disease climbed to 95 in different areas under its control, including the southern port city of Aden.
The Yemeni government has taken several measures to contain the outbreak of COVID-19, including imposing a partial overnight curfew in Aden and other major cities under its control.
The government called on donors and relevant international humanitarian organizations to provide support to help contain the pandemic.
Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi group seized control of much of the country’s north and forced the internationally-recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of Sanaa.
Rivers may demolish markets for flouting COVID-19 directives, says Commissioner
The state’s Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Paulinus Nsirim, gave the warning in a statement issued in Port Harcourt.
He lamented that traders had continued to flout government’s directives that markets should be shut, due to rising cases of the coronavirus in the state.
Nsirim said that five markets in the state might be shut down permanently for flouting the directives. He did not elaborate.
“Any attempt to continue trading activities at Mbiama Market will lead to complete demolition of the market.
“Government has not approved any goat market at the Eleme/Ahoada stretch of the East-West road in the state.”
Nsirim directed authorities of Emohua and Ahoada-East Councils to shut down the goat market in the area immediately.
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- Turkey’s aquarium boosts hygiene measures against COVID-19
- Libya’s UN-backed government forces take over Tripoli International Airport
- COVID-19: Oyo activates 3 community testing sites
- Cleanup starts at 57 sites in Ogoni land – Minister
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- Palestine records 6 new COVID-19 cases, extends state of emergency
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- France’s COVID-19 deaths top 29,000
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- CP inaugurates community policing advisory committee in Uyo
- Rep, Oyo ALGON felicitate Alao-Akala at 70
- PMAN mourns Majek Fashek; pioneering of ‘Kpangolo’ Beat
- FEC approves N8.1 billion for completion of dam in Nasarawa State
- Pentagon chief breaks with Trump over protest response
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- Lagos inaugurates community policing advisory committees
- Unemployment rate could hit 13.1 pct in Portugal this year: report
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- Delta govt. urges contractors to speed up projects
- FEC okays N1.7bn for consultancy on 2nd runway at Abuja airport
- Lagos discharges 20 more coronavirus patients
- Jigawa govt. to enroll 1,322 repatriated Almajiris into schools
- FRSC decorates four officers with new ranks in Kaduna
- Jordan registers two news cases of COVID-19
- Lagos earmarks N103bn for infrastructure
- We’re committed to success of Makinde’s administration – Oyo State monarch
- German car industry maintains negative business assessment: ifo
- Plateau Govt. releases N700m for SDGs counterpart funding
- COVID-19: Fedpoly Ede making ventilators — Rector
- Oman reports 738 new COVID-19 cases, 13,538 in total
- Roundup: Tunisia to further lift COVID-19 restrictions
- Chicago reopens businesses amid jitters
- Delta will complete Trans-Warri road, bridge projects in 2021 -Commissioner
- NAICOM segments, extends full recapitalisation of insurance companies to 2021
- Association calls on Edo govt. to protect lives of women, children
- NIWA committed to waterways movement of bulk Cargo, passengers – Moghalu
- SON begins harmonising locally produced ventilators to meet global standards
- Finland to modernize northwestern railways to streamline Arctic-Asia goods transport
- Court reinstates 5 suspended Kano lawmakers
- Israel’s COVID-19 death toll rises to 291 as total cases reach 17,377
- Lagos to produce first forensic dentist in West Africa — Commissioner
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- Federal Road Projects: FEC approves refunds of N148bn to Rivers, Ondo, 3 others
- Portugal’s GDP to drop between 7.5-11.8 pct this year due to COVID-19 impacts
- Lockdown: FRSC tasks personnel on enforcement
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- UN chief calls for solidarity in response to COVID-19
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- Yuguda pledges to prioritise investors’ protection
- Google removes app from India Play store that deletes Chinese apps
- Egypt announces new oil discovery in Western Desert
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- 10 vessels expected at Delta ports, says NPA
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- Red Cross, Facebook to launch digital campaign against COVID-19
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