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Fresh: Global Update on Coronavirus

Fresh: Global Update on Coronavirus
Fresh: Global Update on Coronavirus

Fresh: Global Update on Coronavirus

More than 2,182,820 people have been infected across the world and over 145,551 have died 678 but at the same time 547,589 people have recovered.

The USA is now the country with the most infected cases (644,348) ahead of Spain (180,659) who overtook Italy (165,155) last week. France and Germany follow with 147,863 and 134,753 cases respectively

Confirmed deaths by country:
USA: 34,641
Italy: 22,170
Spain: 19,315
France: 17,920
UK: 13,729


6.51 Asia shares up as plans to re-open U.S economy offset record slump in China GDP

Asian stocks gained on Friday as President Donald Trump’s plans to gradually re-open the U.S. economy offset data that showed China suffered its worst economic contraction on record due to the coronavirus outbreak.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 2.6% after reaching a five-week high. Shares in China rose 1.8% as the weak GDP data reinforced expectations that more stimulus is coming, while shares in Australia were up 2.62%.

E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 index traded 3.38% higher, also close to a five-week high.

European soccer’s governing body (UEFA) is working on a proposal that could see the remainder of the Champions League condensed into a week-long mini-tournament with the final taking place on Aug. 29 in Istanbul, the BBC has reported.

Football, as with most sports around the world, has been brought to a standstill by the COVID-19 pandemic, with all major European leagues suspended and the Champions League stalled in the middle of its round of 16.

6.27 Southwest asks unions to start considering post-aid concessions

Southwest Airlines Co has approached unions representing pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and other employees to discuss potential concessions to prepare for a slow industry recovery, a company official told Reuters on Thursday.

Southwest, with about 60,000 employees, is set to receive $4 billion in federal payroll aid under the CARES Act, which prohibits any involuntary furloughs or pay cuts until Sept. 30.

6.13 China’s Wuhan city revises up total coronavirus death toll by 1,290

hina’s Wuhan city, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, said on Friday it had revised up its total coronavirus death toll by 1,290, according to state-run CCTV.

Wuhan also revised up confirmed cases by 325.

6.06 Japan airlines keep most domestic flights despite few takers for seats

Japan’s top airlines are operating a majority of their domestic capacity even though the coronavirus outbreak has left seats on flights mostly empty, amid a lack of clear government directives on the functioning of transport infrastructure in the crisis.

ANA Holdings Inc and Japan Airlines Co Ltd (JAL) , Japan’s two biggest airlines, have cut around 90% of international flights but left their domestic networks relatively intact, industry data showed. The two normally fly around 800 or more domestic flights daily.

5.31 Saudi Arabia faces coronavirus crisis from position of strength – minister

Saudi Arabia is facing the current global crisis from a position of strength, given its strong financial position and reserves, with relatively low government debt, its finance minister said, referring to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Mohammed al-Jadaan said in the virtual meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, held on Thursday, that the Saudi government’s priorities are necessary resources for health care system, financial and economic support to those affected by coronavirus while taking into account the re-prioritization of spending under the current circumstances, Saudi state news agency SPA reported on early Friday.

5.22 Australia may keep coronavirus restrictions for a year, schools could adopt roster

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said some measures, like a rule requiring people to stand at least 1.5 metres apart, would likely remain for several months, given there was no guarantee a vaccine would be developed in that time.

“Social distancing is something we should get very used to,” Morrison told radio station 3AW. “It could be a year, but I’m not speculating about that.”

Morrison has said wider social distancing measures will stay for at least another four weeks while advocating reopening schools across the country, citing medical advice that children are a low risk of transmission.

5.06 China’s Q1 GDP posts first decline on record as virus shuts down economy

China’s economy shrank 6.8% in January-March from a year earlier, official data showed on Friday, the first such decline since at least 1992 when quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) records began.

The historic slump in the world’s second-largest economy comes after efforts to contain the coronavirus, which first emerged in China late last year, shut down factories, transport and shopping malls.

Similar shutdowns now in effect in major economies elsewhere have devastated global trade and suggest an immediate Chinese recovery is likely to be some way off.

3.50 U.S. House Speaker Pelosi says Trump guidelines ‘vague and inconsistent’

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called President Donald Trump’s guidelines for reopening the economy “vague and inconsistent” and said more coronavirus testing needed to be done.

“The White House’s vague and inconsistent document does nothing to make up for the President’s failure to listen to the scientists and produce and distribute national rapid testing,” Pelosi said in a statement.

3.15 Nigeria urges ‘appropriate’ debt solutions for middle-income countries

Nigerian Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed said an agreement by official bilateral creditors to suspend debt payments by the poorest countries harmed by the coronavirus pandemic was a welcome first step, but “appropriate” solutions were also needed for middle-income countries with debt challenges.

In remarks prepared for delivery on Friday at the World Bank’s Development Committee, Ahmed urges the Bank and other multilateral institutions to explore ways of participating the debt relief initiative.

3.14 Mexico registers 450 new cases of coronavirus and 37 deaths – health ministry

Mexican health officials reported on Thursday 450 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 37 new deaths, bringing the country’s total to 6,297 cases and 486 deaths.

Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said last week the country might have as many as 26,500 people infected with the fast-spreading coronavirus.

Citing government models, Lopez-Gatell said many who are infected likely did not have symptoms or were not diagnosed.

2.58 China urges World Bank to suspend debt payments for poor borrowers

China on Thursday urged the World Bank to allow its poorest borrowers to suspend debt payments to the lender while they deal with the coronavirus pandemic, saying the world’s biggest multilateral development bank should “lead by example.”

Chinese Finance Minister Liu Kun said in a statement to the World Bank’s Development committee that all parties should take part in joint actions to address debt vulnerabilities amid the pandemic, including commercial, multilateral and official bilateral creditors.

1.37 IMF sees ‘lost decade’ of no growth in Latin America due to pandemic

The International Monetary Fund on Thursday said the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, combined with other problems in recent years, meant Latin America and the Caribbean would likely see “no growth” in the decade from 2015 to 2025.

Alejandro Werner, who heads the IMF’s Western Hemisphere department, said the global lender was racing to process 16 requests for emergency assistance, about half of which were from Caribbean nations devastated by a halt in tourism.

U.S. President Donald Trump laid out guidelines on Thursday for reopening the coronavirus-ravaged U.S. economy, saying states should take a phased approach to let Americans return to work as conditions allow.

Trump told a White House news conference that governors will be empowered to tailor the approach to their own states and that if they need to remain closed, they should do so.

“We are not opening all at once, but one careful step at a time,” Trump said.

What happened on Thursday


Europe is in eye of the storm, with the number of cases nearing a million, and should move with extreme caution when considering easing lockdowns, the WHO’s regional director said.
Britain extended its nationwide lockdown as stand-in leader Dominic Raab ordered Britons to stay at home for at least another three weeks.
Luxury carmaker Ferrari has begun making parts to convert snorkel masks into respirators for treating patients with coronavirus and protecting medical workers.
Britain’s economy looks set for a widely feared record contraction after figures showed retail spending plunged by more than a quarter and one in four firms stopped trading temporarily.
Ireland has contained and effectively suppressed the first wave of the outbreak in the population at large but not in nursing homes where its spread remains a concern, the country’s chief medical officer said.


Seven Northeastern states extended a shutdown until May 15 to contain the pandemic, even as President Donald Trump prepared to unveil recommendations to begin easing the lockdown in the least-affected U.S. states.
Canada’s border restrictions with the U.S. will remain in place “for a significant time” as the two nations fight the outbreak, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
U.S. defense secretary said he believed China’s leaders have been misleading and opaque about the outbreak and does not trust that they are being truthful even now.
Hundreds of thousands of children could die this year due to the global economic downturn sparked by the pandemic and tens of millions more could fall into extreme poverty, the United Nations warned.
Mexico’s president said the country was looking to return to normal beginning June 1, with schools and businesses reopening provided people comply with anti-coronavirus health measures until then.

China reported fewer imported cases on Thursday, but said locally transmitted infections rose, with the capital Beijing seeing new local cases for the first time in more than three weeks.
Japan’s prime minister expanded a state of emergency to include the entire country and said the government was considering cash payouts for all.
India charged a Muslim leader with culpable homicide not amounting to murder for holding a gathering last month that authorities say led to a big jump in infections.
Indonesia expects the number of cases to peak between May and June with around 95,000 infections, a government adviser said.
Australia will retain curbs on public movement for at least four more weeks, its prime minister said, dashing speculation the sustained low growth in new cases could spur a quicker return to normal.
Singapore’s health ministry confirmed 728 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, a new daily record, taking the total in the city-state to 4,427.

Coronavirus outbreaks across the Middle East threaten to shatter the lives of millions of already destitute people in conflict zones, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.
Coronavirus cases in Africa could shoot up from thousands now to 10 million within three to six months according to very provisional modelling, a regional World Health Organization (WHO) official said.
Six Gulf Arab states approved Kuwait’s proposal for a common network for food supply safety.
Israel’s military said it has begun converting common home-use respirators into ventilators capable of providing potentially life-saving breathing support for COVID-19 patients.

World stock markets seesawed while bond yields retreated as dire U.S. jobless data underscored a deepening downturn and tamped down investor hopes a listless economy would soon be back on its feet.
Hedge fund Elliott Management said global stocks could ultimately lose half of their value from February’s high, according to a letter sent to clients.
The United States opposes creation of liquidity through issuance of the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights as part of the response to the pandemic, U.S. treasury secretary said.
ConocoPhillips said it would slash spending and cut U.S. oil output by about 30% of this year’s target, the largest cut so far by a major shale producer to deal with an unprecedented drop in oil demand.
Louis Vuitton owner LVMH posted a 17% drop in comparable sales in the first quarter due to the pandemic, as government-imposed lockdowns forced it to close stores and production sites in key markets.

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The Man That Cured Coronavirus With Traditional Method

The Man That Cured Coronavirus With Traditional Method

The Man That Cured Coronavirus With Traditional Method

As the world scrambles to find an effective vaccine to cure the coronavirus, a video has gone viral claiming to have a fullproof method for people to effectively safeguard themselves against contracting COVID-19 it in the first place.

People have been forced to abruptly react to the public health pandemic that has claimed more than 90,000 lives worldwide.

But the key to staving off the respiratory illness lies in being proactive, according to the video touting an “African method” of self-treatment.

The video, which appears to have been posted to social media this past weekend and is entitled, “Use African Method,” begins in a family’s home kitchen and shows a man lifting a mound of heavy blankets off of his apparent son, releasing plumes of steam from underneath.

When the young man got up from the stool he was sitting on, he was dripping with perspiration as the camera also revealed a large cooking pot from which the steam was rising.

“This is African style,” the older man’s voice can be heard saying before he prompts the younger man to explain what’s happening.

We have come across a  video on social media where a man who claims to have used African methods to cure his sin of Coronavirus explains how he did it.

According to the man, he made a mixture of some herbal drugs in a bucket and made his son cover himself with a heavy blanket to allow the heat to enter the boy.

“It is time to explore the role of alternative medicine and traditional remedies in the fight against the Coronavirus.

Some traditional medicines are known to boost the immune system and can help both in the prevention of people succumbing to the disease and also play a role a palliative function in the management of persons suffering from COVID-19,” – he said.

He then allowed his son to use the steam therapy method to feel the heat in his body

His son, while explaining how he feels after sweating from the steam therapy, said he feels stronger.

According to him, the COVID-19 made him weak but after days of using the traditional method to kill the virus in his system, he is now strong and healthy.

Could this be real? Only our health workers can explain this to us…

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Buhari Given €50m By European Union To Fight Coronavirus

Buhari Given €50m By European Union To Fight Coronavirus
Buhari Given €50m By European Union To Fight Coronavirus

Buhari Given €50m By European Union To Fight Coronavirus

Nigeria has received €50m from the European Union to boost its ongoing fight against Coronavirus in the country. 

President Muhammadu Buhari played host to EU team at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja on Tuesday.

Making the announcement on Tuesday on Twitter, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

Femi Adesina, said Head of the EU delegation at the event, Amb Ketil Karlsen, was impressed with efforts by the Federal Government so far in tackling the pandemic.

“EU gives Nigeria a grant of €50m to fight COVID-19,” Adesina wrote on Twitter.

Confirming the news, Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant on New Media to President Buhari said,

“The European Union has donated a grant of €50m to the Federal Government, their contribution to Nigeria’s fight against #COVID19.

“Head of EU delegation, Amb. Ketil Karlsen, announced the donation at a meeting with President @MBuhari today in Abuja.”

Nigeria so far has 343 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and 10 recorded deaths. 

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FG Orders Closure Of All Tertiary Institutions, Secondary And Primary Schools

FG Orders Closure Of All Tertiary Institutions, Secondary And Primary Schools

FG Orders Closure Of All Tertiary Institutions, Secondary And Primary Schools

The Federal Ministry of Education has ordered immediate closure of tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools nationwide following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country and as part of measures to contain the spread.

This was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono.

According to a communique on Thursday, Mr Echono who gave the order on behalf of the Education Minister, Adamu Adamu, also noted that all 104 Unity Schools in the country should close on or before the 26th of March, 2020 as a proactive step aimed at preventing the spread of the dreaded Corona virus.

The Minister asked all the Principals of the Unity Colleges to fast track the on-going second term examinations and close shop until further notice.

“We have directed all higher institutions to close this weekend. Unity Schools that have completed their exams are to close immediately.

“Others are to hurry and close the latest on 26th March,” the statement partly read.

In the meantime, the Minister said the management of all the Unity Colleges should immediately activate the necessary emergency procedures and processes such as the provision of alcohol based sanitizers, and hand washing facilities among others, adding that students should strictly adhere to the principles and best practices of good hygiene.

Adamu Adamu also directed the Principals to immediately report any suspicious case to the nearest health authorities, emphasizing that nothing should be taken for granted at this delicate time of the global pandemic

FG Orders Closure Of All Tertiary Institutions, Secondary And Primary Schools

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A Police Officer Protecting Himself From CORONAVIRUS

A Police Officer Protecting Himself From CORONAVIRUS

Hilarious Photo Of A Police Officer Spotted In Enugu State Protecting Himself From Coronavirus-COVID-19 With A Nylon Bag

Photos of a police officer in Enugu state covering himself from the head downwards with a large transparent bag has gone viral after being shared online.

A Police Officer Protecting Himself From CORONAVIRUS

In the photos, the officer is seen working on a laptop with his hands also covered with the transparent plastic bag.

It was revealed that the officer covered himself that way after a suspected case of Coronavirus was reported in Enugu state.

“As seen in Enugu. Na just one suspected case wey come out negative… People no wan take chances #COVID19,” @officialnekky wrote alongside the photos of the officer.

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A Police Officer Protecting Himself From CORONAVIRUS
A Police Officer Protecting Himself From CORONAVIRUS
A Police Officer Protecting Himself From CORONAVIRUS
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Nysc Shuts Down All Orientation Camp Due To The Fear Of CORONA-VIRUS

Nysc Shuts Down All Orientation Camp Due To The Fear Of CORONA-VIRUS

Nysc Shuts Down All Orientation Camp Due To The Fear Of CORONA-VIRUS

As a result of pandemic Corona Virus, the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has directed all orientation camps be shut down with immediate effect nationwide.

The directive will disrupt the ongoing orientation camp of Batch A stream 1, across the 37 centres in the country.The directive is part of preventive measures taken by the scheme against the spread of deadly Corona Virus in the country.

A source who does not want his name mentioned told ROVING REPORTERS correspondent from Abuja that the directive to close down all Orientation camps indefinitely nationwide came from the headquarters of NYSC.

He said “we have been asked to close down all orientation camps and discharged them to their various place of primary assignment if possible and Also, all corps members should get back to their different states pending the time when all dusts will be settled over this corona virus.

“I want to believe it is to avert anything that could endanger the lives of the corps members and the staff of NYSC.”

The scheme had on Thursday 12 March performed swearing in ceremony for the 2020 Batch A ,stream 1 corps members at all orientation camps across the country including the Ondo state camp located in Ikare Akoko.

It was further gathered that health personnel screened corps members and other persons with infrared thermometers at the point of entrance to guard against possible contraction of corona virus and Lassa fever within the orientation camps.

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BREAKING!! Arsenal Coach ‘Mikel Arteta’ Tests Positive For CORONAVIRUS

BREAKING!! Arsenal Coach ‘Mikel Arteta’ Tests Positive For CORONAVIRUS

This Coronavirus of a thing is getting out of hand

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Gunners have closed their training ground and club staff who had recent contact with Arteta will now self-isolate.

The Premier League will hold “an emergency club meeting” on Friday to discuss future fixtures.

Arteta said:-

This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly.

I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.

Arsenal said:-

A significant number of people” will self-isolate, including first-team staff and coaches.

The health of our people and the wider public is our priority and that is where our focus is,” said club managing director Vinai Venkatesham.

We are in active dialogue with all the relevant people to manage this situation appropriately, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows.

Arsenal are due to play at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday (15:00 GMT).

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is self-isolating as a precaution after a member of his family was admitted to hospital displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

Three Leicester City first-team players have also self-isolated after showing symptoms of coronavirus.

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Davido Postpones “A Good Time” North American Tour Due To Coronavirus

Davido Postpones “A Good Time” North American Tour Due To Coronavirus

Award-winning singer, Davido has postponed his ongoing “A Good Time” tour in North America.

The “Risky” singer kicked off his tour on the 2oth of February 2020 in Edmonton, Canada and proceeded to sell-out shows in Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Denver.

The tour is expected to end on the 11th of April in Atlanta but has now been postponed due to the increase in the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Music events worldwide have been postponed due to the continuous outbreak worldwide and Davido who is concerned about the safety of his fans had to do the same.

He took to his Instagram page to make the announcement that the tour has been postponed for the meantime as it was the right thing to do in order to keep his fans safe.

He wrote: “I’m saddened to halt what has been a fantastic sold-out tour so far, but postponing is the right thing to do. The health and safety of my fans and staff is most paramount and nothing else matters. Be safe and see you all soon! God be with us all!”

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Don Jazzy Warns Nigerians To Be Careful As Coronavirus Continues

Don Jazzy Warns Nigerians To Be Careful As Coronavirus Continues To Spread Worldwide

Mavin Boss, Don Jazzy has urged Nigerians to be extremely careful as the deadly coronavirus continues to spread like wildfire worldwide.

The coronavirus seems to be spreading nonstop as more cases have been recorded in more countries. Also, the death rate seems to have gone up and even notable celebrities worldwide have tested positive.

Nigerian celebrities have urged their fans to stay safe and have shared tips on how to prevent the disease.

Don Jazzy is the latest to admonish his fans to be careful via his twitter page. According to him, there are more people infected with the disease and he wants everyone to be careful.

He wrote: “Guys pls be careful out there. We are getting more coronians by the day.

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#COVID—19: Tom Hanks And His Wife Rita Test Positive

Tom Hanks And His Wife Rita Test Positive For CORONAVIRUS

COVID—19: Tom Hanks And His Wife Rita Test Positive For CORONAVIRUS

Hollywood actor, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for coronavirus while filming in Australia.

The 63-year-old Academy Award-winning actor who is currently on the Gold Coast in Queensland filming Baz Luhrmann’s untitled production about Elvis Presley, made the announcement via Instagram.

Tom Hanks revealed that they tested positive for coronavirus after feeling “a bit tired, like we had colds”.

He wrote;

Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went.

Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.

Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?

We’ll keep the world posted and updated.

Take care of yourselves!

Tom Hanks And His Wife Rita Test Positive For CORONAVIRUS

COVID—19: Tom Hanks And His Wife Rita Test Positive For CORONAVIRUS

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Breaking! Juventus Central Back Daniele Rugani Tested Positive For CORONAVIRUS

Breaking! Juventus Central Back Daniele Rugani Tested Positive For CORONAVIRUS

Breaking! Juventus Central Back Daniele Rugani Tested Positive For CORONAVIRUS

B/R Football posted on their Twitter official page yesterday so it was a confirm information. @brfootball on twitter.

Juventus player, Daniele Rugani has tested positive for Coronavirus-COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic. Juventus is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including those who have had contact with him.

This is getting serious and scary.

Breaking! Juventus Central Back Daniele Rugani Tested Positive For CORONAVIRUS
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Premier League Ban Players From Handshakes

Premier League Ban Players From Handshakes As Coronavirus Spreads

Premier League Ban Players From Handshakes As Coronavirus Spreads

The Premier League has announced that the pre-match handshakes between both teams and officials will not take place until further notice because of fears over the spread of coronavirus.

The measure comes the day after the government asked the league “to step up its contingency planning”.

The teams will still line up as usual but the home team will walk past the away side without shaking hands.There have been more than 90,000 cases of the virus in 87 countries.

A statement on the Premier League’s website said:“The Premier League fair-play handshake will not take place between players and match officials from this weekend until further notice based on medical advice.

“Coronavirus is spread via droplets from the nose and mouth and can be transmitted on to the hands and passed on via a handshake”.

Premier League leaders Liverpool announced on Thursday that they would not be having mascots at Anfield.

They have also cancelled staff travelling to any high-risk countries and “reminded everyone of good hygiene practices”.

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President Buhari Praises Aliko Dangote For Donating N200m

President Buhari Praises Aliko Dangote For Donating N200m Towards The Fight Against Coronavirus In Nigeria

President Buhari has commended Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, for donating N200 million to assist in combating the influx of Covid-19 into the country.

In a statement released by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, Buhari recalled that the businessman through his foundation, the Aliko Dangote Foundation, had in the past donated N1 billion to tackle Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Africa, commending such public spiritedness to other well-to-do individuals and groups.

In his words:-

“Hand in hand, standing shoulder to shoulder, we can confront our challenges as a country. This is a path for us all to follow as a people.”

President Buhari noted that his government, at various levels, is poised to ensure that the country and every Nigerian remain safe from the virus, which is spreading rapidly in many parts of the world.

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