The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has tasked its Sector Commanders to brace up, be more proactive and ensure strict sustenance of the existing cooperation with the governments of the states where they are domiciled.
The FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, gave the charge in a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeeem, in Abuja on Saturday.
Oyeyemi said that this was needed especially as it relates to enforcing restrictions of movement and spacing of passengers in order to stem the tide of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.
He reiterated the need for all staff to guard themselves against the virus, adding that the corps must be at alert to fight the coronavirus in the country
“As such, it has become imperative for commanding officers to brace up, be more proactive than ever before, and provide the needed leadership in their respective commands through sustenance of collaboration with state governments,” he said.
Oyeyemi noted that most of the governors had made specific statements on how they intend to combat the spread of the virus in their states.
He added that the cardinal responsibility of the sector commanders would be to play whatever roles that the state governments assigned to the corps with all sense of commitment, service and diligence.
Oyeyemi charged the corps to effectively communicate all directives emanating from the FRSC headquarters and the state governments to every operative of the corps on a regular basis.
He added that it would help to keep all staff abreast with every bit of information for effective enforcement.
According to him, in states where the governments have pronounced a total lock down, the commanding officers must make every possible arrangement to ensure total enforcement of the restriction through increased visibility.
“In addition, commands whose operational jurisdiction are along the major corridors where total lock down has been declared must station patrol teams to maintain visibility and enhance compliance,” he said.
Oyeyemi directed the sector commanders to maintain maximum precautionary measures by ensuring that protective materials are provided for all patrol and rescue team members.
He also ordered that under no circumstance must FRSC staff be seen attending to motorists without the proper protection kit.
Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Ismail Abdulaziz
India COVID-19 death toll rises to 5,598 as total cases reach 198,706
India’s federal health ministry on Tuesday morning reported 204 new deaths and 8,171 positive cases during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 5,598 and total cases to 198,706.
According to ministry officials, 95,527 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement.
“The number of active cases in the country right now is 97,581,” said the information.
The 5th phase of a nationwide lockdown came into force from Monday, marking several relaxations and reopening in a phased manner.
Indian state Maharashtra crosses mark of 70,000 COVID-19 cases, financial capital Mumbai crosses 40,000 mark
Maharashtra is the worst affected Indian state accounting for close to 38 percent or 70,013 cases in the country, while India’s financial capital Mumbai has now turned into the epic center accounting for over 22 percent or 40,877 cases in India.
The death toll in the state rose to 2,362 after 76 more fatalities including 40 from Mumbai were reported in the past 24 hours.
Several districts in the state with nil cases have seen a spike in cases due to reverse migration from urban hubs like Mumbai and Pune back to their native homes during the past two months of the lockdown.
The western state had extended its lockdown by further one more month till June 30 with some relaxations but the under-funded health care infrastructure and poor living conditions in the city’s slums have acted as a boost to the spread of virus.
To further add to the stress, the coastal districts of the state including Mumbai city are on high alert due to the in-coming cyclone, which is closing in and expected to land on Wednesday evening.
India’s federal health ministry on Monday morning reported 230 new deaths from the COVID-19 and 8,392 more positive cases cross the country, taking the number of deaths to 5,394 and total cases to 190,535.
New Zealand confirms no new case of COVID-19 for 11 consecutive days
The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 remained unchanged at 1,481, with only one case remaining active, it said.
“New Zealanders can be assured that our testing capacity remains high and that testing at the border and in our communities will continue to be an essential part of our COVID-19 elimination strategy,” the statement said.
Regarding the gatherings at COVID-19 Alert Level 2, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said in the statement, “We’re aware of several large gatherings in New Zealand yesterday to recognize the tragic death of
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who attended these gatherings or who is planning to be at other upcoming events and feels they may be at risk by coming into close contact with people they don’t know, should take a cautious approach and seek advice,” Bloomfield said.
“Whatever the Alert Level in New Zealand, it’s clear COVID-19 will continue to be a global threat for some time and it’s important we remain vigilant both as individuals and as a country,” he said, reminding people to observe physical distancing, seek appropriate health advice, and stay at home if feeling unwell.
“There’s currently no evidence of community transmission in New Zealand so at this time, quarantine for 14 days after attending one of these outdoor events is not required,” he added.
The current Alert Level 2 rules require gatherings of no more than 100 people where the people need to be physically distanced.
Mexico’s COVID-19 death toll surpasses 10,000
Meanwhile, the country recorded 2,771 new cases, taking its total infections to 93,435.
Mexico is second only to Brazil in Latin America over COVID-19 deaths.
Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll nears 30,000
Over the last 24 hours, authorities have detected 12,247 new infections, taking its total to 526,447, while 211,080 patients have recovered.
Brazil’s largest state Sao Paulo, the epicenter of the country’s outbreak where the first known infection was detected on Feb. 26, has seen 7,667 deaths and 111,296 confirmed cases, prompting authorities to extend lockdown measures until June 15.
Brazil’s second largest outbreak is in Rio de Janeiro state, where 54,530 cases have so far been reported with 5,462 deaths.
False positive COVID-19 test sparks confusion in remote Aussie town
In a brief statement on Monday evening, authorities said a false positive test was behind the confusion, sparking a testing blitz in the remote mining town of Blackwater in Queensland State where the man lived.
After being found dead in his home last week, a post-mortem test returned positive for COVID-19, despite that the man had not left the town for several months and no other cases were reported within the vicinity.
Remote testing clinics were established and a specialist contact tracing team was sent to the area to solve the mystery, garnering national attention.
Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk on Tuesday apologized to the man’s family for the added grief and stressed they were forced to endure due to the heightened scrutiny.
“To the family I know that is still grieving and I don’t want them to be stressed anymore. I know it is a very tough time for them but we do know that the coroner made that finding yesterday and we accept that finding.”
The man’s fiancee was also displaying symptoms before testing negative, and his actual cause of death was yet to be determined.
Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles also apologized for the grief caused to the man’s family, but added that every positive test needed to be treated as genuine.
Portugal quadruples funds to companies fighting COVID-19 pandemic
The Ministry of Territorial Cohesion of Portugal announced on Monday that it quadrupled the amount to 108 million euros (around 120.2 million U.S. dollars) offered to companies that modified their production to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
This measure was taken, according to the ministry, to encourage the production of materials considered essential to control the novel coronavirus, such as visors, masks and alcohol gel.
“The non-repayable support of Portugal 2020 regional operational programs was extended to 108 million euros, aimed at companies that converted their production to respond to the challenges of the pandemic,” the ministry said in a statement.
Investments were made through the Norte 2020, Centro 2020, Lisbon 2020, Alentejo 2020 and CRESC Algarve programs, which are part of an incentive system for productive innovation and finance around 440 projects.
According to official data, so far contracts have been signed with 195 production initiatives, which allocated 40 million euros (around 44.5 million dollars) from European funds, including the Portugal 2020 program (PT 2020), a partnership between Portugal and the European Commission.
In addition, a program to support scientific research in the fight against the pandemic was launched, which is projected to invest 13 million euros (nearly 14.5 million), of which 3 million euros (around 3.3 million U.S. dollars) have already been allocated to 18 research projects.
Peru’s COVID-19 cases top 170,000, deaths reach 4,634
Peru began to relax lockdown measures at the end of May to restart economic activities in 27 different fields.
Libya reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, 168 in total
The National Center for Disease Control of Libya on Monday reported 12 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the caseload in the country to 168, with 52 recoveries and five deaths.
In a statement late Monday, the center said it received a total of 658 suspected cases, 646 of whom tested negative and 12 positive.
All the new infections are in southern Libya, the center said.
The UN-backed government in the capital Tripoli recently decided to ban the entry into and exit from Sabha and imposed a 24-hour curfew for seven days starting from May 28, in order to fight the pandemic.
The Libyan authorities have taken a series of protective measures against the virus, including closing the country’s borders, mosques and schools, banning public gatherings, and imposing curfews.
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