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Covid-19: Unical ASUU donates sanitisers to C/River gov’t



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Calabar branch, has donated 200 litres of alcohol based hand sanitisers to the state government.

Chairman of the Union, Dr John Edor, said the gesture was to help the state in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

Edor explained that the production of the sanitisers was solely sponsored by ASUU to support the state government proactive measures in the fight against the pandemic.

According to him, the donation was part of the union’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in reaching out to residents in the state.

“Covid-19 as a pandemic does not discriminate against any individual. We can see that the Western World is even hit harder than most African countries.

“Covid-19 is no respecter of any personality. Even ASUU members are potentials victims of the pandemic. As a union, we owe our people a CSR in everything that we do.

“As a union, we have to reach out to the populace in the little way we could, to see how we can contain the pandemic.

“This donation is in furtherance of our CSR and community service. It was solely financed by ASUU members and we are also fully involved in public campaigns for people to know the preventive measures,” he said.

He said that the union had also sponsored radio jingles to further enlighten members of the public across the state, especially those in the rural areas.

Edor commended the state government’s proactive steps in containing the spread of the virus in the state, adding that the union was happy that Cross River is Covid-19 free.

Receiving the itemss, Dr Betta Edu, the State Commissioner for Health, who also doubles as the Chairman of Covid-19 Task force in the state, commended ASUU for their kind gesture.

Edu, who lauded the Union for its magnanimity, added that thier contribution would go a long way in reaching many residents of the state.

“Your effort is immeasurable, the jingles you have produced and put on air can reach well over 1 million people daily and we as a government really appreciate the gesture.

“Your effort has added value to the fight against COVI6D-19 in the state and I want to assure that ASUU Unical branch will have its name written in gold in the roll call of the fight against Covid-19 in the state,” she said.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz


Jigawa NOA to deepen awareness campaign for prevention of COVID-19



The National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Jigawa said it would deepen awareness creation campaign on protocols for the prevention of spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The state Director of the agency, Malam Shuaibu Haruna, said this in a statement in Dutse on Tuesday.

Haruna stated that the goal would be achieved through continued public sensitisation and awareness campaigns on Communicating Government Policies, Programmes and Activities.

He expressed the agency’s worry about the rising number of confirmed cases of the disease in the state, as a result of people not abiding by the COVID-19 preventive measures.

NOA will this time emphasise on deepening awareness on the protocols for preventing spread of the covid-19 virus in Jigawa.

“The agency is worried about the rising number in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state which is as a result of people not abiding by its preventive measures.

Therefore, NOA will soon embark on public enlightenment on COVID-19 protocols by visiting major city centres in Dutse such as markets, motor parks and other public places,” he said.

The director urged the agency’s Chief Orientation and Mobilisation Officers (COMOs) in the 27 local government areas to engage in massive sensitisation and community engagement on the COVID-19 pandemic by taking the massage to markets, football fields, streets, religious centres, among other places.

According to him, the gesture was part of the agency’s efforts at ensuring that people in the state stayed safe and avoided contracting virus.

Haruna also commended efforts of the State Government and measures taken during the trying time of the coronavirus pandemic.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)


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Wuhan authorities say they tested 9.9m people for COVID-19



Authorities in the Chinese city of Wuhan said they had tested almost 10 million people for COVID-19 over 19 days and found 300 asymptomatic infections, state media reported on Tuesday.

The people found with asymptomatic infections were isolated, and 1,174 of their close contacts were put under observation, the state-run newspaper People’s Daily said.

No confirmed coronavirus cases were found during the testing period, which ended on Monday, the paper said.

Chinese authorities categorise as confirmed coronavirus cases patients who have both tested positive and shown symptoms such as a cough and fever.

Authorities in Wuhan, where the coronavirus first broke out in December, pledged to test all of the city’s 11 million residents starting on May 14.

The mass testing was intended to assuage public concerns after a cluster of six new cases were reported in the city following 35 days of no new reported infections.

Authorities used sample pooling, in which they collected individual samples but processed up to 10 of them together in a single nucleic-acid test.

The same method has been used in the United States and Germany to track coronavirus cases albeit on a smaller scale.

China on Tuesday said it was monitoring 73 active coronavirus cases across the country, including five new infections identified over the previous day among travelers returning from abroad.

Edited By: Halima Sheji and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)


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Over 127 journalists die from COVID-19 globally: PEC




At least 127 journalists have died of COVID-19 between March 1 and May 31 this year around the world, according to a count by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC).

In a press release issued Tuesday, the Geneva-based NGO said that among the 127 deaths, around two-thirds were on duty.

“Media workers have an important role to play in the fight against the new virus, they have to inform about the spread of the disease. A number of them died for lack of adequate protective measures when doing their job,” said PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen.

The PEC said that its count was based on the use of numerous sources: national associations of journalists, local media and PEC correspondents around the world.

According to the count, Peru is the country with the highest number of victims (15). Brazil and Mexico come second and third, with both 13 victims. There are 12 deaths of journalists in the United States, five in both Russia and Britain.

By region, Latin America was the most affected continent, with at least 62 journalists killed by the virus, compared with Europe’s 23 victims, Asia’s 17, North America’s 13 and Africa’s 12.

Founded in June 2004 by an international group of journalists, the PEC is a non-governmental organization with special consultative United Nations status, whose aim is to strengthen the legal protection and safety of journalists in conflict zones, areas of civil unrest, or on dangerous missions.


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Indonesia tells Hajj pilgrims to stay home amid COVID-19 uncertainty



More than 200,000 Indonesians hoping to attend the Hajj in Saudi Arabia this year have had their plans cancelled by the government amid lack of certainty because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Saudi authorities have not yet given access to pilgrims from any country,’’ Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said on Tuesday.

“Because of that, we won’t have enough time to prepare, especially in terms of the protection of the pilgrims,’’ he told an online news conference.

Indonesia has a Hajj quota of 221,000 pilgrims for this year, according to the government.

The Hajj is due in late July this year, but the kingdom has not yet announced whether it will be called it off.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia began the gradual reopening of the prophet Mohammed’s mosque in the city of Medina, one of Islam’s two holiest sites, two months after it was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since late February, Saudi Arabia has suspended the Muslim Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Indonesia recorded 609 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the national tally to 27,549, the country’s COVID-19 task force spokesperson Achmad Yurianto said.

The death toll rose to 1,663, after 22 additional deaths were reported overnight.

Edited By: Halima Sheji/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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Accelerating increase of COVID-19 cases seen in South Asian countries as Bangladesh records biggest daily jump




Asia-Pacific countries are still facing a growing outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday as Bangladesh recorded its highest daily increase, while India became the seventh country in the world in terms of infections.

Bangladesh confirmed 2,911 new cases, the highest daily rise since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country on March 8, bringing the total to 52,445.

A total of 37 more people including 33 men and four women died in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 709.

Bangladesh had earlier recorded highest 2,545 cases in a 24-hour period on Sunday.

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.

In Indonesia, the confirmed cases in Indonesia rose by 609 within one day to 27,549, and the death toll increased by 22 to 1,663.

The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines climbed to 18,997 after the Department of Health reported 359 more infections on Tuesday.

The number of recoveries further climbed to 4,063 after 84 more patients have recovered, and the death toll also increased to 966 after 6 more deaths were reported.

Malaysia reported 20 new cases, pushing the national total to 7,877, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Of the new cases, 15 are imported cases while the five local transmissions were made up of 3 foreign nationals and two locals.

No new death is reported with the total standing at 115.

South Korea recorded 38 more infections compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Tuesday local time, raising the total number of infections to 11,541.

The daily caseload stayed above 30 for two straight days due to small cluster infections from religious gatherings in the metropolitan area.

New Zealand announced no new case on Tuesday for 11 consecutive days, with the combined total of confirmed and probable cases staying at 1,504, according to the Ministry of Health.


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COVID-19: Bauchi State begins testing in new molecular laboratory – Official



Bauchi State Government says that formal testing and reporting of COVID-19 samples will henceforth be conducted in its Reference Molecular Laboratory as directed by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

The state Commissioner of Health, Dr Aliyu Maigoro, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Bauchi.

“I have received an email letter from NCDC directing Bauchi Reference Molecular Laboratory to start formal testing and reporting from Bauchi.

“We are going to do all our testing and reporting from the reference laboratory here in Bauchi as from June 2, 2020.

“Further delay will raise questions regarding the status of the laboratory because it was posted in the NCDC websites as the number 29th of the reference molecular laboratories in the country.

“Henceforth, no sample should be taken to Jos, Plateau State, until otherwise; the laboratory has come to stay.

“As such we must work as a team for the benefit of mankind and the good people of Bauchi state.

“I have forwarded to the Chairman of the state COVID-19 response team, request for payment of weekly allowances of all workers concerned with the laboratory from the professors down to the security men,” he said.

The commissioner said that the state would continue solving minor problems as well as proper maintenance of the laboratory.

NAN recalls that the COVID-19 testing laboratory was built and equipped by the state government with the support of the North East Development Commission (NEDC).

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Vietnam records no new COVID-19 cases, 5 more patients cured




Vietnam reported no new cases of COVID-19 infection on Tuesday, with its total confirmed cases remaining at 328 and zero death so far, according to its Ministry of Health.

A total of five more Vietnamese patients were announced to have recovered from the disease on Tuesday, bringing the total cured cases in the country to 298.

Vietnam has recorded no local transmission for 47 straight days while there are over 7,200 people being quarantined and monitored in the country, according to the health ministry.


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COVID-19: BUA Foundation donates N200m, 5 ambulances to Lagos govt



BUA Foundation on Tuesday in Lagos donated N200 million and five ambulances to the Lagos State government to strengthen the state’s COVID-19 response plan.

Mr O’tega Ogra, Group Head, Corporate Communications, BUA Group, said in a statement that the Group Chief Operating Officer of the group, Chimaobi Madukwe, presented the ambulances and cheque to the First Lady of Lagos state, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu.

Madukwe commended the effort of the state in curbing the effects of the virus, noting that BUA would continue to support various efforts across Nigeria to stop the virus.

“As a responsible corporate citizen, we felt a responsibility to support the state government and the people during these times.

“We are proud to be associated with the Lagos State government in this fight against the coronavirus.

“We are keen in contributing our quota where needed to end the pandemic and these ambulances are to ensure the people of Lagos state get the best medical attention.

“We are working tirelessly with various stakeholders to further identify places where help is needed, and had since set aside a grant in addition to this cash donation and five ambulances from which some projects are being carried out,” Madukwe said.

Receiving the donations on behalf of the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the First Lady of Lagos state, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, said the donation was critical to the COVID-19 fight.

Sanwo-Olu commended the foundation and the BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu for the gesture, saying it would strengthen the state’s response to the pandemic.

Edited By: Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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Kuwait records 28,649 COVID-19 cases, 226 deaths




Kuwait on Tuesday reported 887 new cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 28,649 and the death toll to 226, the health ministry said in a statement.

Currently, 14,142 patients are receiving treatment, including 187 in ICU, according to the statement.

The ministry also announced the recovery of 1,382 more patients, raising the total recoveries in the country to 14,281.

On May 31, Kuwait ended the total curfew and imposed a three-week partial curfew for a gradual return to normal life in the country.

Kuwait and China have been supporting each other and cooperating closely in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kuwait donated medical supplies worth 3 million U.S. dollars to China at the early stage of the COVID-19 outbreak.

On April 27, a team of Chinese medical experts visited Kuwait to assist the Arab country’s anti-coronavirus fight.


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