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Sports / Sunny Ojeagbase Is Dead! Complete Sports Founder Dies At 71 by References1: 7:33pm On Feb 28
Dr Sunny Emmanuel Ojeagbase, the founder and executive chairman of Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspapers, SuccessDigest and other online publications, has passed away. He was 71 years.

The media entrepreneur, according to a statement signed by his son, Julius Ojeagbase, passed away on Saturday, 26 February 2022, in Atlanta, in the US state of Georgia after a brief illness.

Popularly known as Sunny Ojeagbase – or simply S.O. – before he added Emmanuel to his name, Ojeagbase was the pioneer sports editor of The Guardian newspapers at the media organisation’s inception in 1983.

It was from The Guardian that Ojeagbase went on to become the pioneer publisher of sports news in Nigeria when he established Sports Souvenir, a weekly newspaper in 1984.

Before then, the retired soldier of the Nigerian Army, had cut his teeth in sports journalism as a stringer at the Daily Times newspapers in the mid-1970s. He would later serve as the sports editor of Sunday Concord newspapers at the newspaper’s inception in 1980.

Between 1984 and 1994, Ojeagbase introduced several other pioneering sports titles including Complete Football magazine, Complete Football International (CFI) and International Soccer Review (ISR) into the Nigerian sports market. He also introduced Complete Sports, Nigeria’s foremost sports newspaper, in 1995.

A year before that, in 1994, Ojeagbase co-founded with his wife, Esther Ojeagbase, the Success Attitude Development Centre (SADC), with a vision and mission to teach young Nigerian entrepreneurs how to start, run and make a success of their businesses. SADC has gone on to produce and inspire thousands of successful entrepreneurs who are protégés of the Ojeagbases and many of whom are now employers of labour.

Ojeagbase, whose mantra, according to the statement, “was to do business and live life with the fear of God, integrity, compassion and peace of mind,” was ordained as a pastor in March 2003.

Ojeagbase holds a Diploma in Journalism from the University of Lagos, but was conferred with a honorary Doctorate degree by a different institution for his accomplishments as an entrepreneur. He also received tons of awards and recognitions for his contributions to sports journalism, publishing, business mentorship and entrepreneurship.

He is survived by his wife, his children – both biological and adopted – as well as grandchildren and other relatives.

Burial arrangements will be announced by the family.

Condolence registers have been opened at Complete Sports headquarters at Plot 9, Alhaji Adenekan Street, Okota, Lagos; and at SADC headquarters, No. 36, Esuola Street, Off Ago Palace Way, Okota, Lagos.

https://guardian.ng/news/complete-sports-founder-sunny-ojeagbase-passes-away-at-71/?utm_medium=Social&echobox=twitter_post&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1646071024-1

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Health / Prof Kola Oloke: Shun Consumption Of Animal Skin To Stave Off Cancer by References1: 11:25pm On Apr 20, 2021
Stop consuming cow skin and stave off cancer, Vice-Chancellor, Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, Prof. Kola Oloke, advised in Ibadan on Tuesday.

“Animal skin known as “ponmo’’ is harmful to the body; it has no nutritional value.

“Runaway from meat, especially red meat. If you want to eat chicken, eat the local one.

“Consumption of animal protein can lead to diseases. More importantly, it causes cancer and death,’’ the microbiologist said while addressing a seminar on “Lifestyle, Diseases and Management’’ at the university.

“Millions of cases of food poisoning are recorded every year which are traceable to the consumption of meat, especially those with mad cow disease and helminthic infestations,’’ he said.


Prof. Oloke asserted that cancer was not only preventable but curable and added that 60 per cent of chronic diseases could be prevented through healthy diets.

He added that other lifestyle measures to stave off cancer and other diseases included managing stress, avoiding toxins such as alcohol and tobacco, regular exercise and adequate sleep.

“One of the things that cancer cells thrive on is sugar; so if you can take off the consumption of sugar from any cancer patient, you would have helped the patient.

“Some foods and fruits such as banana, apple, pineapple and carbohydrates are high in sugar content.

“Cancer patients should also avoid animal-based milk and consume plant-based milk,’’ he said.

“Beans are the best meal for those suffering from cancer; beans prepared with olive oil and not red oil.

“Others are snails, Croaker fish, cabbage and leafy vegetables. These are good and nutritious for cancer patients,’’ he added.

The vice-chancellor also said that with proper nutrition, cancer cells could be killed, noting that consumption of walnuts and Soya products, but not Soya oil could kill cancer.

“Soya milk is good for breast cancer cure,’’ Oloke stressed.

The professor of Microbiology who has won many local and international awards, further stressed that with a good diet, man could live beyond 100 years.

“Eating vegetables is one of the surest ways of staying healthy. Sugar or sweet things are the greatest enemies of man,’’ he told the seminar.

Oloke also noted that while plant-based foods lowered diabetes and liver risks, consumption of vegetables helped a great deal in controlling sugar levels.

The don listed some other foods that could decrease the possibility of heart attack, stroke and cancer to include avocado pear, green tea, and natural orange juice.

He warned, however, that consumers should moderate their intake.

“In Europe during World War II, the death rate caused by heart disease fell as people were forced to eat less cholesterol-ridden foods.

“In other words, it is better for your heart if you eat a low-fat vegetarian diet while bombs drop around you than to enjoy your steak in peace,’’ he mused.

Prof. Oloke enjoined people to work out their lifestyles stressing that “rhythmic activities of the mind and body, including hormones, circulation, digestion, brain waves and state of consciousness support healthy living.

“Realise that your next day begins when you go to sleep. Maintain a healthy Body Max Index, good nutrition, regular exercise and spiritual practice,’’ he advised.

https://thenationonlineng.net/shun-consumption-of-animal-skin-to-stave-off-cancer-don-advises/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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Politics / Nasir El-Rufai Takes COVID-19 Vaccine by References1: 2:52pm On Mar 10, 2021
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has taken his first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine

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Politics / Governor Oyetola Takes COVID-19 Vaccine by References1: 12:10pm On Mar 10, 2021
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has taken the COVID-19 vaccine

Health / COVID-19 Update For March 9 2021 In Nigeria by References1: 12:20am On Mar 10, 2021
346 New COVID-19 Cases, 554 Discharged And 6 Deaths On March 9

346 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Lagos-86
Bauchi-64
Kaduna-26
Kwara-26
FCT-24
Rivers-23
Plateau-22
Ogun-16
Ebonyi-14
Bayelsa-12
Cross River-10
Edo-8
Akwa Ibom-5
Ekiti-3
Gombe-2
Kano-2
Osun-2
Delta-1
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1369423687749939204?s=19

Our discharges today include 170 community recoveries in Lagos State and 83 in Kwara State managed in line with guidelines.
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1369424005158084613?s=19

Highlights
On the 9th of March 2021, 346 new confirmed cases and 6 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 159,252 cases have been confirmed, 139,056 cases have been discharged and 1,988 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 346 new cases are reported from 18 states- Lagos (86), Bauchi (64), Kaduna (26), Kwara (26), FCT (24), Rivers (23), Plateau (22), Ogun (16), Ebonyi (14), Bayelsa (12), Cross River (10), Edo (cool, Akwa Ibom (5), Ekiti (3), Gombe (2), Kano (2), Osun (2) and Delta (1).
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities
https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/

March 8 https://www.nairaland.com/6450427/covid-19-update-march-8-2021

Politics / IGP Mohammed Adamu Receives The COVID-19 Vaccine by References1: 8:12pm On Mar 09, 2021
Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, NPM mni today received the COVID-19 vaccine in Abuja.

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Politics / Olusegun Osoba Takes COVID-19 Vaccine by References1: 6:20pm On Mar 09, 2021
Former Ogun State Governor, Olusegun Osoba takes the COVID-19 vaccine.

It was administered by the Ogun State Health Commissioner,
Dr. Tomi Coker

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Politics / Governor Dapo Abiodun, Deputy Takes COVID-19 Vaccine by References1: 8:59am On Mar 09, 2021
I have had my first dose of the Astra-Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine delivered yesterday in Abeokuta. My Deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele and two frontline health workers were also administered theirs.

Taking our doses is, first, service to self then to people, because we can only silence the virus if we think and act together. We should be aware that even our two doses don't preclude the use of facemasks and compliance with other safety guidelines.

I urge us all to make ourselves available to take our doses, especially those prioritised by the NPHCDA on basis of profession, age or other criteria.

#COVID19 #BuildingOurFutureTogether #ISEYA #OgunState
https://twitter.com/dabiodunMFR/status/1369192795081170946?s=19

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Health / Justice Nyako Tests Positive For COVID-19 by References1: 4:28pm On Feb 03, 2021
There is panic in Federal High Court, Abuja over COVID-19 after one of the Justices, Binta Nyako tested positive for the deadly virus.

The News Agency of Nigeria quoted a competent source as confirming that the judge tested positive for the virus and is expected to be on isolation.

However, Justice Nyako, on Jan. 28, attended the valedictory court session held at the Ukeje Hall of the court’s headquarters in Abuja in honour of Late Justice Ibrahim Watila who was buried last weekend.

Justice Watila of the Abeokuta Division of the court, who passed away after a brief illness.

The valedictory session was presided over by the Chief Judge, Justice John Tsoho and was attended by judges of the court across the country, including lawyers and the late Watila’s family members.

While it was not certain if she contracted the virus during the event, there are fears that others Judges who attended the valedictory session may have also been infected with the virus.

https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2021/02/03/panic-in-federal-high-court-as-justice-nyako-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

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Politics / Peter Obi: N400bn Too Much For COVID-19 Vaccines. I Can Procure For N150bn by References1: 1:32pm On Feb 02, 2021
Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, says Nigeria needs only about N150 billion to procure COVID-19 vaccines.

Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, said in December 2020 that the federal government needs about N400 billion for COVID-19 vaccines.

According to Ehanire, about the sum would be required to vaccinate 70 percent of Nigeria’s over 200 million population, at $8 per person.

Commenting on the issue when he featured on ARISE Television on Tuesday, Obi said there are issues of transparency regarding the procurement of vaccines.

The ex-governor said Nigeria would not have needed to spend so much in procuring vaccines if its National Vaccine Production Facility was operational.

“The issue of vaccine is one that I feel a sense of pain. Nigeria as a country in 1940 established what we called National Vaccine Production Facility domiciled in Yaba, and that was able to produce virtually all the vaccines we used in the days of smallpox, yellow fever, and that facility was shut down in 1991 to be refurbished and upgraded, there was nothing wrong with it,” Obi said.

“And till today that has been the case deliberately so that people can import vaccines and sell to the government.

“Now I hear that we are looking for N400bn, well I am at loss, our budget this year for health is N547bn. I don’t know if they are going to take this vaccine procurement from it, because if they do, we are left with N147bn.

“For the vaccine procurement also, we need to have transparency in the procurement. Today, vaccine in India costs between $2 25 cents to $3. That is an average of $2.75 and if you say you are going to use N400 billion that is about $1bn. If you divide $1bn by $2.75cents each, that is about 350 million doses which is far in excess of what we need.


“WHO said if you can inject 70 percent of your population, that’s it. 70 percent of Nigeria is about 140 million so we are actually looking for 140 million doses. Considering that some other people are going to give us some free, we actually don’t need more than 120 million. But even if we’re buying 140 million, we just need about three hundred and eighty-something million dollars which is about N150bn to buy it.

“If they have a N400bn budget to buy the vaccine, my suggestion, they don’t need to award contracts in this vaccine, let them just call Serum institute in India and plead with them. I am sure they will even give us discount. If they want I can go for the negotiation. It won’t cost more than $2 each.”

On Monday, Enahire said the federal government is expecting 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in February.

https://www.thecable.ng/peter-obi-n400bn-too-much-i-can-help-fg-procure-vaccines-for-n150bn/amp

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Health / COVID-19 Update For January 31 2021 In Nigeria by References1: 11:34pm On Jan 31, 2021
685 New COVID-19 Cases, 1277 Discharged And 8 Death On January 31


685 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Lagos-355
Kaduna-58
Nasarawa-46
Kano-40
Akwa Ibom-33
Katsina-26
Ogun-25
Osun-21
Rivers-16
Edo-15
Oyo-13
Ondo-12
Borno-11
Ekiti-9
Kebbi-3
Plateau-2
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1356006393543798792?s=19

Highlights
On the 31st of January 2021, 685 new confirmed cases and 8 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 131242 cases have been confirmed, 104989 cases have been discharged and 1586 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 685 new cases are reported from 16 states- Lagos (355), Kaduna (58), Nasarawa (46), Kano (40), Akwa Ibom (33), Katsina (26), Ogun (25), Osun (21), Rivers (16), Edo (15), Oyo (13), Ondo (12), Borno (11), Ekiti (9), Kebbi (3), and Plateau (2)
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities
https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/


January 30 https://www.nairaland.com/6391653/covid-19-update-january-30-2021

Health / COVID-19 Update For January 29 2021 In Nigeria by References1: 11:52pm On Jan 29, 2021
1114 New COVID-19 Cases, 1269 Discharged And 27 Deaths On January 29


1114 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Lagos-408
FCT-95
Plateau-90
Ondo-66
Kaduna-63
Oyo-56
Borno-46
Imo-42
Edo-41
Ogun-37
Rivers-31
Ekiti-25
Yobe-20
Kano-18
Akwa Ibom-18
Delta-15
Osun-15
Kwara-11
Bayelsa-6
Nasarawa-6
Zamfara-4
Bauchi-1
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1355284751251365889?s=19

Highlights
On the 29th of January 2021, 1114 new confirmed cases and 27 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 128674 cases have been confirmed, 102780 cases have been discharged and 1577 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 1114 new cases are reported from 22 states- Lagos (408), FCT (95), Plateau (90), Ondo (66), Kaduna (63), Oyo (56), Borno (46), Imo (42), Edo (41), Ogun (37), Rivers (31), Ekiti (25), Yobe (20), Kano (18), Akwa Ibom (18), Delta (15), Osun (15), Kwara (11), Bayelsa (6), Nasarawa (6), Zamfara (4) and Bauchi (1)
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities
https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/

January 28 https://www.nairaland.com/6388594/covid-19-update-january-28-2021

Education / Yabatech Director Omoighe Dies Of COVID-19; Hostels Shut Down by References1: 8:32pm On Jan 26, 2021
…As Lectures Go Online Immediately

Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech), on Tuesday, announced the death of the College Director, Academic Planning Unit, Mr. M.A.O Omoighe to complications arising from COVID-19 disease.

Following the development, the management at the end of an emergency meeting and based on the report submitted by the Ag. Director, Medical Services, ordered all students to vacate the hotels latest Thursday, January 28, 2021.

As part of measures to control the spread of the deadly disease at the Yaba main campus of the college, the management in addition to the vacation order on students and closure of the Medical Centre for a minimum of two weeks instructed lecturers to resort to the online teaching mode immediately.

Besides, the statement also ordered all staff of the Medical Centre that had direct contacts with the deceased to proceed on self-isolation and go for COVID-19 test thereafter while the unit would be disinfected before reopening.

The recommendations of the academic board read, “The College should resort to online teaching immediately, for smooth lecturing, lecturers should provide lecture notes to students beforehand and utilize the online period for explanations of the lecture notes, lecturers are to adopt acceptable modality for the online lecturing.

“The Centre for Information Technology and Management (CITM) and the Flexible Skill Development (FSD) should work out improved modalities to enhance e-learning in the college.”

“Any meeting of more than 10 persons should be held virtually. Students should vacate the hotels latest Thursday, January 28, 2021. Management will make arrangements to decontaminate the college in due course. This will be done on weekends. Offices are to operate at half capacity.”

“All administrative staff should come to the office on alternate days. Any staff that manifests malaria symptoms should self-isolate immediately for two weeks and go for COVID-19 test.”

“The Academic planning unit should be closed down for two weeks. All staff of the unit should go on isolation and carry out COVID-19 test. The unit should be de-decontaminated before reopening.”

“The medical Centre should be closed for two weeks and thereafter disinfected and staff that had direct contacts with the deceased should self-isolate and carry outCOVID-19 test,” the statement added.
https://www.independent.ng/updated-covid-19-yabatech-loses-director-orders-closure-of-medical-centre-students-hostel/?utm_source=&utm_medium=twitter

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Health / COVID-19 Update For January 25 2021 In Nigeria by References1: 11:58pm On Jan 25, 2021
1430 New COVID-19 Cases, 1,131 Discharged And 3 Deaths On January 25


1,430 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Lagos-744
Plateau-100
Oyo-77
FCT-75
Nasarawa-74
Katsina-48
Edo-42
Kano-41
Enugu-37
Rivers-34
Ogun-33
Kwara-32
Niger-28
Ebonyi-27
Kaduna-26
Borno-12
Yobe-10
Ekiti-5
Gombe-1
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1353835096458088448?s=19


Highlights
On the 25th of January 2021, 1430 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 122996 cases have been confirmed, 98359 cases have been discharged and 1507 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 1430 new cases are reported from 19 states- Lagos (744), Plateau (100), Oyo (77), FCT (75), Nasarawa (74), Katsina (48), Edo (42), Kano (41), Enugu (37), Rivers (34), Ogun (33), Kwara (32), Niger (28), Ebonyi (27), Kaduna (26), Borno (12), Yobe (10), Ekiti (5), and Gombe (1)
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities
https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/

Our discharges today include 435 community recoveries in Lagos State and 184 community recoveries in Kaduna State managed in line with guidelines.
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1353835826392821760?s=19

January 24 https://www.nairaland.com/6381141/covid-19-update-january-24-2021

Health / Re: Norway Warns Of Vaccination Risks After Pfizer-biontech Vaccine Kills 13 by References1: 7:53am On Jan 16, 2021
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Sports / PSG Coach, Mauricio Pochettino Tests Positive For COVID-19 by References1: 8:19pm On Jan 15, 2021
Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino has tested positive for COVID-19.

He will therefore enter isolation and is subject to the appropriate health protocols.

His assistants Jesus Perez and Miguel D’Agostino, will take over for tomorrow's match in Angers.
https://twitter.com/PSG_English/status/1350149343832125440?s=19
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Health / Norway Warns Of Vaccination Risks After Pfizer-biontech Vaccine Kills 13 by References1: 11:42am On Jan 15, 2021
Norway says there are risks that Covid-19 vaccinations may be too risky for the very old and terminally sick, after 23 people died within a short time of receiving their first shot.

Of those deaths, 13 have so far been autopsied with the results suggesting that common side effects may have contributed to severe reactions in frail, elderly people, according to the Norwegian Medicines Agency.

“For those with the most severe frailty, even relatively mild vaccine side effects can have serious consequences,” the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said. “For those who have a very short remaining life span anyway, the benefit of the vaccine may be marginal or irrelevant.”

Norway has so far given at least one dose to about 33,000 people, focusing on those considered to be most at risk if they contract the virus, including the elderly. Most of the shots given are from BioNTec/Pfizer, with the Moderna vaccine now also being administered.
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Health / COVID-19 Update For January 9 2021 In Nigeria by References1: 12:25am On Jan 10, 2021
1585 New COVID-19 Cases, 865 Discharged And 8 Deaths On January 9

1585 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Lagos-573
FCT-182
Plateau-162
Gombe-81
Oyo-75
Rivers-68
Sokoto-58
Ondo-55
Ogun-42
Nasarawa-40
Akwa Ibom-36
Edo-31
Kaduna-27
Anambra-22
Delta-19
Kano-17
Osun-17
Ebonyi-16
Katsina-14
Niger-14
Bayelsa-9
EKiti-8
Borno-7
Jigawa-5
Abia-4
Bauchi-3
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1348044967231578113?s=19

Our discharges today include 419 community recoveries in Lagos State, 123 community recoveries in Gombe State and 117 community recoveries in Plateau State managed in line with guidelines.
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1348045767521542145?s=19


Highlights
On the 9th of January 2020, 1585 new cases and 8 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 99063 cases have been confirmed, 79417 cases have been discharged and 1350 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 1585 new cases are reported from 26 states- Lagos (573), FCT (182), Plateau (162), Gombe (81), Oyo (75), Rivers (68), Sokoto (58), Ondo (55), Ogun (42), Nasarawa (40), Akwa Ibom (36), Edo (31), Kaduna (27), Anambra (22), Delta (19), Kano (17), Osun (17), Ebonyi (16), Katsina (14), Niger (14), Bayelsa (9), EKiti (cool, Borno (7), Jigawa (5), Abia (4), and Bauchi (3)
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities
https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/

January 8 https://www.nairaland.com/6353298/covid-19-update-january-8-2021

Foreign Affairs / Boris Johnson Announces Full National COVID-19 Lockdown For England by References1: 9:13pm On Jan 04, 2021
England will follow Scotland and go back into full national lockdown, Boris Johnson has confirmed.

Schools will remain closed with the public told to stay at home until at least mid-February.

The UK Prime Minister made the televised announcement amid an explosion in cases and hospitalizations in the country.
Case numbers have rocketed following the identification of a new faster-spreading variant of the virus in the country in December.

England will go back into full national coronavirus lockdown with schools closed and the public required to stay at home until at least mid-February, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday evening.

Johnson used a televised statement to announce that the entire country will be placed into full lockdown, with household mixing banned indoors and only essential shops remaining open.

Schools will be closed to all but the vulnerable children and the children of essential workers from Tuesday, just one day after many primary schools re-opened following the Christmas break.

Students will not be expected to return until at least after the February half term, Downing Street indicated.

Under the new measures, members of the public will be ordered to stay at home apart from a limited number of reasons, including caring for the vulnerable, exercise, essential work and buying food and medicine.

Amateur team sports will also be banned, although daily exercise will still be allowed with one other person outside your household.

The prime minister had previously resisted imposing another full national lockdown and had insisted as late as Sunday that schools were "safe" to re-open.

However, his statement on Monday followed the announcement of a Scottish lockdown by Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon six hours earlier.

The exponential growth in infections and hospitalizations has come amid the identification of a new faster-spreading variant of the virus last month.

Hospitals in some parts of the country are now more than half-filled with Covid patients, with some hospitals running out of oxygen due to a surge in demand for respirators.

"Our hospitals are under more pressure from Covid than at any time before," Johnson said, adding that there had been a 30% increase in hospitalizations in the past week alone, Johnson said.

Johnson has been under growing pressure to impose a full lockdown.

Opposition Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer on Sunday called for an immediate national lockdown saying the situation in England was now "clearly out of control."

Johnson's announcement is the latest in a series of U-turns on tackling the coronavirus made by his government in recent weeks.

The prime minister had planned to allow widespread household mixing over the Christmas period but reversed the decision in some parts of the country with just days to go before the holiday.

The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson also just weeks ago threatened to take local authorities to court for closing schools early for Christmas because of the surge in infections.

However, just days before their scheduled return on Monday, Williamson announced that secondary school openings would be delayed and primary schools would not re-open in most of London and parts of the South East.

He U-turned again just days later following questions about why primaries in some parts of London had been excluded from the plan.

Johnson's announcement today came after teachers across the country were advised by the National Education Union not to attend schools due to the "serious and imminent danger" to their health caused by the virus.

Teaching unions believe that newly released papers by the UK government's scientific advisory committee last week warning that schools would need to close in order to bring the virus under control, mean any attempt to force schools to open would have been a breach of UK work safety regulations.
https://africa.businessinsider.com/politics/england-will-go-back-into-full-national-coronavirus-lockdown-boris-johnson-announces/pbct619#click=https:///wib4HSImCm

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Health / Portuguese, Sonia Acevedo Dies 2 Days After Getting COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine by References1: 7:47pm On Jan 04, 2021
A Portuguese health worker has died two days after getting the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

Sonia Acevedo, 41, suffered a 'sudden death' at home on New Year's Day 48 hours after receiving the jab. An autopsy is expected to take place later today or tomorrow.


The mother-of-two, who worked in paediatrics at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Porto, is not said to have suffered any adverse side-effects after being vaccinated.

Ms Acevedo's father Abilio Acevedo told Portuguese daily Correio da Manha: 'She was okay. She hadn't had any health problems.

'She had the Covid-19 vaccine but she didn't have any symptoms. I don't know what happened. I just want answers.

'I want to know what led to my daughter's death.'

Ms Acevedo's employers confirmed the dead woman had been vaccinated against coronavirus on December 30 and said they had not been notified of any 'undesirable effect' when she was jabbed or in the hours afterwards.

The Portuguese Institute of Oncology said in a statement: 'With regards to the sudden death of an operational assistant from the Porto IPO on January 1, 2021, the Board of Directors confirms the event and expresses sincere regret to family and friends in the certainty that this loss is also felt here.'

It added: 'The explanation of the cause of death will follow the usual procedures in these circumstances.'

Ms Acevedo had worked at IPO Porto, a national and international reference health institution in cancer treatment, research and education, for more than 10 years.

She lived with her family in Maia near Porto but died at her partner's home in Trofa half an hour's drive north of the northern Portuguese city.

She changed her profile pic on Facebook shortly after her jab to post a selfie with a face mask on and the message: 'Covid-19 vaccinated.'

Her father told Portuguese press he got the call to say she had been found dead around 11am last Friday morning hours after they ate together on New Years Eve, adding: 'My daughter left home and I never saw her alive again.'

Ms Acevedo's daughter Vania Figueredo said her mum had only complained about the 'normal' discomfort in the area where she was jabbed but was otherwise fine.

The health worker was one of 538 Porto IPO workers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Portugal's Ministry of Health has been informed.

Portugal, with a population of just over 10 million, has reported 7,118 deaths and more than 427,000 cases.

After a relatively mild first wave, cases rose sharply in the second and have spiked again since Christmas.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9111311/Portuguese-health-worker-41-dies-two-days-getting-Pfizer-covid-vaccine.html#click=https:///oITP8ruUjs

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Politics / 917 New COVID-19 Cases Reported by References1: 12:04am On Jan 04, 2021
917 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
FCT-222
Lagos-214
Kaduna-119
Plateau-92
Nasarawa-50
Oyo-41
Adamawa-33
Ondo-32
Abia-28
Ogun-19
Rivers-17
Kano-16
Yobe-14
Edo-8
Anambra-6
Ekiti-5
Jigawa-1
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1345860475477778434?s=19

Highlights
On the 3rd of January 2021, 917 new confirmed cases and 9 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 90080 cases have been confirmed, 75044 cases have been discharged and 1311 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 917 new cases are reported from 17 states- FCT (222), Lagos (214), Kaduna (119), Plateau (92), Nasarawa (50), Oyo (41), Adamawa (33), Ondo (32), Abia (28), Ogun (19), Rivers (17), Kano (16), Yobe (14), Edo (cool, Anambra (6), Ekiti (5) and Jigawa (1)
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities
https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/

Our discharges today includes 59 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line with guidelines.
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1345863564528152576?s=19
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Health / COVID-19 Update For January 1 2021 In Nigeria by References1: 11:51pm On Jan 01, 2021
1074 New COVID-19 Cases, 660 Discharged And 5 Deaths On January 1


1074 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Lagos-642
Kaduna-92
Rivers-78
FCT-66
Gombe-66
Kano-35
Ogun-31
Katsina-22
Plateau-20
Abia-7
Niger-4
Oyo-4
Akwa Ibom-3
Delta-2
Osun-2
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1345139468315967489?s=19


Highlights
On the 1st of January 2021, 1074 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 88587 cases have been confirmed, 74373 cases have been discharged and 1294 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 1074 new cases are reported from 15 states- Lagos (642), Kaduna (92), Rivers (78), FCT (66), Gombe (66), Kano (35), Ogun (31), Katsina (22), Plateau (20), Abia (7), Niger (4), Oyo (4), Akwa Ibom (3), Delta (2), and Osun (2)
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities
https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/#!



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Foreign Affairs / COVID-19: South Africa Passes One Million Infections As Cases Surge by References1: 6:25am On Dec 28, 2020
South Africa has become the first country on the continent to register more than one million Covid-19 cases.

It comes just days after authorities confirmed that a new, faster-spreading, coronavirus variant had been detected.

Some hospitals and medical centres have reported a huge rise in admissions, putting a heavy strain on resources.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is widely expected to announce tougher restrictions to prevent the virus from spreading further.

The grim milestone was announced on Sunday by South Africa's Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize. The country has now confirmed 1,004,413 Covid-19 infections and 26,735 deaths since the outbreak began in March.

Last week, South Africa recorded a daily average of 11,700 new infections - a rise of 39% from the previous week - and from Wednesday to Friday the daily number of new cases was above 14,000.

The new coronavirus variant - known as 501.V2 - is believed to be driving the surge in infections. It was identified by a network of South African scientists in the Eastern Cape province and then rapidly spread to other parts of the country.

Earlier this week, the UK banned travel from South Africa because of the new variant. Another new Covid variant has already been detected in the UK , although they have evolved separately.

Both have a mutation - called N501Y - which is in a crucial part of the virus that it uses to infect the body's cells.

After South Africa, the worst hit country on the African continent is Morocco which has seen 432,079 cases and 7,240 deaths. They are followed by Egypt with 131,315 cases and 7,352 deaths and Tunisia with 130,230 infections and 4,426 deaths.
https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-africa-55462863?__twitter_impression=true
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Politics / 838 New COVID-19 Cases Reported by References1: 12:21am On Dec 28, 2020
838 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
FCT-297
Lagos-253
Plateau-82
Kaduna-57
Katsina-32
Nasarawa-31
Kano-25
Gombe-24
Oyo-8
Rivers-8
Zamfara-7
Ogun-4
Bauchi-4
Edo-4
Anambra-1
Sokoto-1
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1343322229468135424?s=19

Highlights
On the 27th of November 2020, 838 new confirmed cases and 7 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 84414 cases have been confirmed, 71034 cases have been discharged and 1254 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 838 new cases are reported from 16 states- FCT (297), Lagos (253), Plateau (82), Kaduna (57), Katsina (32), Nasarawa (31), Kano (25), Gombe (24), Oyo (, Rivers (, Zamfara (7), Ogun (4), Bauchi (4), Edo (4), Anambra (1) and Sokoto (1)
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities
https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/

Our discharges today include 225 community recoveries in Lagos State and 160 community recoveries in Kaduna State managed in line with guidelines.
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1343327317196726279?s=19
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Travel / COVID-19: Lagos Shuts Popular Queens Park Event Centre, Revokes License by References1: 12:02am On Dec 28, 2020
The Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture has revoked the license of Queens Park Event Centre Oniru for contravening the COVID-19 protocols of the state.

The Commissioner for Tourism. Uzamat Akinbile Yussuf who confirmed the sealing, added that the step to withdraw the license was taken in the best interest of the State.

She, therefore, implored other event centres and venue owners to comply with the government’s laid down directives or risk losing their chances of doing business in Lagos.

Akinbile Yussuf reiterated that the fight against the virus can only be successful “if we all follow the laid down public health and safety protocols.”

The Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission Mr Lanre Mojola, also said it became necessary to take such steps following an event that was held at the venue on December 26, 2020, that contravened all safety protocols laid down by the state.

The DG, also warned all other event centres and venue owners flouting safety protocols in the state to desist forthwith or risk sanction, stressing that “it is not business as usual. As such, they should either fall in line with the state’s protocols or risk losing their license to operate in the state.”

He further stated that the commission has begun a legal process against some recalcitrant business owners who removed the government seal and continued operations.

Mojola stressed that the state maintains zero tolerance towards those that do not abide by the regulations, maintaining that people must take responsibility.

He urged residents to co-operate with the government to effectively curtail the spread of the virus which is still ravaging the world and the state in particular.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vanguardngr.com/2020/12/just-in-covid-19-lagos-shuts-popular-queens-park-event-centre-revokes-license/amp/
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Health / 829 New COVID-19 Cases Reported by References1: 11:58pm On Dec 26, 2020
829 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Lagos-296
FCT-291
Kaduna-79
Rivers-40
Kano-35
Nasarawa-25
Bauchi-19
Benue-8
Borno-7
Edo-7
Oyo-7
Sokoto-7
Cross River-3
Jigawa-3
Ogun-2
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1342962767121305606?s=19

Highlights
On the 26th of December 2020, 829 new confirmed cases and 1 death was recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 83576 cases have been confirmed, 70495 cases have been discharged and 1247 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 829 new cases are reported from 15 states- Lagos (296), FCT (291), Kaduna (79), Rivers (40), Kano (35), Nasarawa (25), Bauchi (19), Benue (, Borno (7), Edo (7), Oyo (7), Sokoto (7), Cross River (3), Jigawa (3), and Ogun (2)
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities
https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/

Our discharges today include 113 community recoveries in Lagos State and 92 community recoveries in Kaduna State managed in line with guidelines.
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1342964037647261698?s=19
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Foreign Affairs / Soumaila Cissé Dies Of Covid-19 Months After Release By Jihadists by References1: 2:06pm On Dec 25, 2020
Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cissé has died of coronavirus aged 71, his family and party said Friday, just two months after he was released by jihadist militants in a prisoner swap.

Cissé "died in France, where he had been taken for Covid-19 care", a member of his family told AFP.

"I can confirm this terrible news. He's dead," a leader of Cissé's URD party told AFP, saying the politician's wife had let him know.

Cissé was snatched by jihadists on March 25 while campaigning in the northeastern Timbuktu region ahead of long-delayed legislative elections.

He was freed six months later in October alongside Frenchwoman Sophie Pétronin and two Italians.

The hostages were exchanged for some 200 prisoners whose release was demanded by jihadist groups.

"I was not subjected to any violence, either physical or verbal," Cissé said following his release.

A former leader of the opposition in parliament, Cissé was runner-up in three presidential elections.

In 2013 and 2018, he was defeated by Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was ousted in an August 18 military coup.

Following the 2018 vote, Cissé accused officials of rigging the election, claiming he had won a runoff with 51.75 percent of the vote to Keita's 48.25 percent.

An engineer and IT specialist by training, Cissé studied in Senegal and France, where he worked for major companies including IBM before returning to Mali.
https://amp.france24.com/en/africa/20201225-mali-opposition-leader-dies-of-covid-19-months-after-release-by-jihadists?__twitter_impression=true

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Health / COVID-19 Update For December 24 2020 In Nigeria by References1: 11:39pm On Dec 24, 2020
1041 New COVID-19 Cases, 377 Discharged And 6 Deaths On December 24

1041 new #COVID19 cases
Lagos-316
FCT-210
Kaduna-83
Plateau-70
Gombe-56
Oyo-56
Katsina-47
Nasarawa-35
Kano-33
Ogun-21
Rivers-17
Niger-14
Imo-14
Delta-12
Kwara-12
Edo-12
Benue-9
Anambra-8
Taraba-4
Ekiti-4
Ebonyi-6
Bayelsa-1
Sokoto-1
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1342237496072167433?s=19

Our discharges today includes 128 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line with guidelines.
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1342239890222833668?s=19


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Health / Passengers From UK & South Africa To Upload Their COVID-19 Results From Monday by References1: 10:20pm On Dec 24, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UHx-1m-VRY

#NewsFlash: "Effective from 00:01hrs on Monday the 28th of December, all passengers flying directly from the UK and the South Africa must upload their COVID-19 PCR test with a validity of not more than five days." - PTF Coordinator, Sani Aliyu says.

https://twitter.com/tvcnewsng/status/1342217964364378118?s=19

Health / JICA Donates RNA Extraction Test Kits To Ramp Up COVID-19 Testing & Detection by References1: 11:17am On Dec 22, 2020
Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA)

Yesterday, we received a donation of RNA extraction test kits from @JicaNigeria as support for #COVID19 testing in Nigeria.

We commend the efforts of public and private entities that have supported @NigeriaGov’s response to the pandemic.

#StrongerTogether
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1341322481945161728?s=19

Health / COVID-19 Update For December 21 2020 In Nigeria by References1: 12:21am On Dec 22, 2020
356 New COVID-19 Cases, 180 Discharged And 6 Deaths On December 21


356 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
FCT-79
Lagos-59
Kaduna-56
Katsina-37
Nasarawa-30
Kano-25
Edo-18
Gombe-14
Kebbi-12
Akwa Ibom-7
Rivers-7
Sokoto-7
Abia-3
Ogun-1
Cross River -1
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1341152935766601728?s=19

Highlights
On the 21st of December 2020, 356 new confirmed cases and 6 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.
Till date, 78,790 cases have been confirmed, 68,483 cases have been discharged and 1,227 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The 356 new cases are reported from 15 states- FCT (79), Lagos (59), Kaduna (56), Katsina (37), Nasarawa (30), Kano (25), Edo (18), Gombe (14), Kebbi (12) Akwa Ibom (7), Rivers (7), Sokoto (7), Abia (3), Ogun (1) and Cross River (1).
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities
https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/

Our discharges today include 59 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line with guidelines.
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1341153106722217987?s=19

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Health / COVID-19: FG Restricts Guests To 50 At Conferences, Weddings, Others by References1: 8:05pm On Dec 21, 2020
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has approved fresh measures to curtail the further spread of COVID-19 across the country.

Part of the measures is the restriction of guests at weddings, conferences, and sporting activities among others to 50.

The government also ordered the closure of all bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.


The chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at a press briefing of the task force in Abuja.

He said, “The PTF has surveyed developments and actions taken by governments around the world, assessed our domestic environment and has accordingly submitted its recommendations to Mr President on immediate measures to be taken.

“Accordingly, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has authorised the PTF to engage with the states and the FCT to assume full ownership of this stage of the response by deploying legal structures and resources, including enforcement to manage the pandemic within their jurisdictions.

“In line with the authorisation, the PTF wishes to issue the following advisories to sub-national entities for implementation over the next five weeks because these activities are considered super spreader events:

a. Close All bars, night clubs, pubs and event centres, and recreational venues;

b. Close all restaurants except those providing services to hotel residents; takeaways, home deliveries and drive-ins shall remain closed;

c. Restrict all informal and formal festivity events including weddings, conferences, congresses, office parties, concerts, seminars, sporting activities, end of year events shall be restricted to not more than 50 persons;


d. Limit All gatherings linked to religious events to less than 50% capacity of the facility of use during which physical distancing; mandatory use of face masks shall be strictly enforced

e. Where more than 50 persons are attending, any such events, the gathering should be held outdoors only;

f. Public transportation systems are to carry passengers not more than 50% of their capacity in compliance with social distancing rules.

g. Enforce compliance with NPI protocols especially the advisory on wearing of face masks in public spaces.”

Mustapha added that to reduce overcrowding in public spaces, markets, shopping centres, offices and schools, states are advised to implement the following:

a. Encourage virtual meetings in government Offices. The leadership of such offices are to ensure that all offices are well-ventilated offices, and encourage staff to work from home where possible;

b. All government staff on GL.12 and below are to stay at home for the next 5 weeks; Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executives are to be held accountable for enforcing NPI rules in their domains with frequent spot checks;


c. The PTF on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Education, expects that schools would have vacated from the 18th December 2020 and remain closed till at least the 18th of January, 2021 to enable the measures introduced to take effect;

d. All persons above the age of 60yrs and/or with comorbidities are to be encouraged to stay at home and avoid crowds;

e. All non-essential travels – both domestic and international during the holiday season are seriously discouraged;
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