NEW COVID-19 WAVE HITS US SECRET SERVICE OVER 130 AFFECTED

The US Secret Service, which guards the nation’s President Donald Trump, President-elect Joe Biden, and the White House, has been struck by an outbreak of Covid-19, US media reported Friday. The Washington Post said that more than 130 Secret Service agents were infected by coronavirus or in quarantine due to contact with infected people. The outbreak came after numerous agents traveled to campaign rallies with Trump where many officials and most of the attendees went maskless. It also follows several White House events in the past three weeks led by…

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FG TO SET UP INDIGENOUS VACCINE PRODUCTION CENTRE FOR COVID-19

Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire The Federal Government has announced plans to set up a modern vaccine production company in Nigeria to encourage licensed indigenous production of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire disclosed this at the PTF briefing on Tuesday in Abuja. Ehanire said that the ministry was preparing to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with a first line pharmaceutical company in Nigeria, on a Public/Private partnership to set up the company. He also said government was working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure…

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COVID-19: EXPECT CONSEQUENCES OF PROTESTERS’ MASS GATHERINGS IN TWO WEEKS -NCDC BOSS

Friday Olokor, Adelani Adepegba and Leke Baiyewu THE Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chike Ihekweazu, has said that the curfew imposed by state governments to halt the looting of warehouses and destruction of property have slowed down testing for COVID-19. He said posting of results on the centre’s social media handles was halted out of respect for those who lost their lives as a result of the incidents of the past days. Speaking at a media briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja…

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NCDC FIGURES ON COVID-19 DON’T REFLECT REALITY ON GROUND SAYS, CHAIRMAN NATIONAL TECHNICAL COMMITTEE, OTHER EXPERT VIROLOGISTS

The Chairman, National Technical Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, has said the COVID-19 figures being released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on COVID-19 should not be taken hook, line and sinker. Tomori, who lectures at the Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, said this on Tuesday while delivering a lecture at the opening of the Annual General Meeting of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, University College Hospital, Ibadan, chapter. Speaking on the theme: ‘Science and Mis-Science of COVID-19’, the virologist said the NCDC had given…

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PLATEAU NOW THE EPICENTRE OF COVID-19 IN NIGERIA SAYS PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said the epicentre of the dreaded virus has shifted from states such as Lagos, Kano, Ogun and Oyo to Plateau State. The Chairman of the task force, Boss Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja. Mustapha said since six months ago that the country recorded its index case of coronavirus from Lagos State, “Nigeria has done remarkably well, but could do exceedingly better.” He said, “The PTF would also like…

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MADAGASCAR’S COVID ORGANICS CANNOT CURE CORONAVIRUS SAYS NIGERIA’S INSTITUTE FOR PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH

Madagascar’s cure called ‘COVID Organics’ cannot cure coronavirus – NIPRD says The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) has stated results from evaluation and analysis of Madagascar’s cure called ‘COVID Organics’ have revealed it cannot effectively cure coronavirus as claimed. The Institute said the drug, which contains majorly Artemisia annua, reduces frequency of cough with maximum dose, producing an effect equivalent to that produced by the centrally acting cough-suppressant, dihydrocodeine. NIPRD however said it will further investigate the drug’s effect on tracheal mucus expectoration. NIPRD said: “Safety studies…

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MAN WHOSE MUM DIED AT ASABA HOSPITAL BECAUSE DOCTORS ABANDONED HER ON SUSPICION THAT SHE HAD COVID-19 CRIES OUT

"@gidifeedtv: Nigerian man who just lost his mum cries for justice after doctors in the New General Hospital in Asaba, Delta state allegedly abandoned her after suspecting she had COVID19. . @Gidi_Traffic pic.twitter.com/kOTO7UmTcL — 𝔾𝕀𝔻𝕀𝕋ℝ𝔸𝔽𝔽𝕀ℂ (@Gidi_Traffic) June 28, 2020

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CORONAVIRUS: NIGERIA NOW RECORDING MORE COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION THAN IMPORTED CASES AS FG SET TO LICENCE PRIVATE HOSPITALS TO TREAT DISEASE

The National Coordinator of the PRESIDENTIAL TASK FORCE on CORONAVIRUS, Dr Sani Aliyu has said Nigeria is now recording more cases of community transmission of coronavirus and fewer imported ones. He  said all public and private health care institutions should look out for patients presenting unusual respiratory tract infections, especially those that “cannot be explained.” Aliyu said such symptoms had become important indicators for testing for the coronavirus infection. He explained that from a public health perspective, one of the most effective ways of cutting transmission was to keep away…

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