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Nigeria Recorded 543 New COVID-19 Cases As Total Infections Rise To 38,344

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed this on Wednesday night via Twitter.

In its latest update, the agency revealed that the new cases were reported across 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

22 states, however, did not record a new case of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

As usual, Lagos remains the epicentre of the virus with 180 new cases, followed closely by the Federal Capital Territory with 86 new infections.

Other states with new cases include Kaduna – 56, Edo – 47, Ondo – 37, Kwara – 35, Ogun and Rivers each reporting 19 cases, Kano – 17, Ebonyi and Enugu each having 16 cases.

States with fewer cases include Delta – 7, Bayelsa – 4, Bauchi – 3 and Abia – 1.

The country has been able to successfully discharge a total of 15,815 persons who have recovered from the virus.

However, 813 persons have unfortunately died from the disease.

Profile photo, opens profile page on Twitter in a new tabNCDC@NCDCgov
543 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Lagos-180
FCT-86
Kaduna-56
Edo-47
Ondo-37
Kwara-35
Ogun-19
Rivers-19
Kano-17
Ebonyi-16
Enugu-16
Delta-7
Bayelsa-4
Bauchi-3
Abia-1
38,344 confirmed
15,815 discharged
813 deaths

Global Toll

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 616,965 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Wednesday.

At least 14,977,470 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 8,338,900 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

Many countries are testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases.

On Tuesday, 6,089 new deaths and 237,419 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Based on the latest reports, the countries with the newest deaths were Brazil with 1,367 new deaths, followed by the United States with 974, and Mexico with 915.

The United States is the worst-hit country with 142,068 deaths from 3,902,135 cases. At least 1,182,018 people have been declared recovered. After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 81,487 deaths from 2,159,654 cases, the United Kingdom with 45,422 deaths from 295,817 cases, Mexico with 40,400 deaths from 356,255 cases, and Italy with 35,073 deaths from 244,752 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Belgium with 85 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by the United Kingdom with 67, Spain 61, Italy 58, and Sweden 56.

China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 83,707 cases (14 new since Tuesday), including 4,634 deaths (0 new), and 78,840 recoveries.

Europe overall has 206,251 deaths from 2,988,151 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 167,347 deaths from 3,955,571 infections, the United States and Canada 150,960 deaths from 4,013,645 cases, Asia 52,729 deaths from 2,215,617 cases, Middle East 23,784 deaths from 1,038,665 cases, Africa 15,737 deaths from 751,307 cases, and Oceania 157 deaths from 14,523 cases.

As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.

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Firm Donates COVID-19 Safety Kits To Ekiti Govt

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A private firm, Wemmy Industries Limited on Friday, donated facemasks and other COVID-19 safety item to Ekiti State Government to curb the spread of the virus.

The items included 108 cartons of disposable surgical facemasks and 72 cartons of antiseptic hand wipes.
Mr John Egbedofo, Southwest Regional Manager of the firm said that the donation was in fulfillment of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Egbedofo added that the focus was to contribute to efforts at curtailing the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
He said the gesture would also be extended to severe medical facilities in the state including the Oba Adejugbe General Hospital in Ado Ekiti, Specialist hospitals in Ikole Ekiti and Ikere Ekiti.

Also to benefit are Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti and Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti.

Receiving the items on behalf of the government in Ado-Ekiti, the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Oyebanji Filani, said the medical consumables and personal protective equipment would assist in tackling communicable diseases.
Filani appreciated the company for the gesture and assured that the items would be used judiciously towards achieving the desired results.

He solicited the continued support of more corporate bodies, NGOs and individual philanthropists towards improving the lot of the people.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Akinjide Akinleye, described the donation as laudable and worthy of emulation by similar business outfits.

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When Leaving Office, I Decided Not To ‘Remote-Control’ My Successor – Dickson

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The immediate past governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has explained why he distanced himself from the administration of Governor Douye Diri.

His explanation came amidst speculations that all was not well between him and Diri.

In a statement he personally signed on Thursday, Dickson, who represents Bayelsa West in the Senate, stated that it was his decision before exiting office to give whoever succeeded him the freedom to govern.

He said, “No one has a greater stake in the governor’s success than me. I am aware of the concerns raised about the distance I have kept since leaving office. This is deliberate and in consonance with my values and principles.

“While I was governor I took a conscious decision that whoever was going to succeed me was going to have the free hand to run his government with my full support. I am not one of those who believe that a governor should be remote-controlled.

“A governor should be free to take actions and decisions to pursue programmes, projects and policies he believes in. A governor must be in charge and I have always encouraged Governor Diri to take charge and to also take responsibility at all time.

“In the process, where he deems it, he can consult stakeholders for their inputs and advice and that the governor does with me and others.

This is why we did not enter into any agreement nor give the governor any condition for my and our full and total support other than to do his best for the state and the Ijaw nation and in doing so, he has our continuous support.”

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Akeredolu Orders Recitation Of Oodua Anthem In Schools

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The Ondo State Government has made it compulsory for all pupils and students in the state to recite the Oodua Anthem in their schools .

The order reportedly affects all the private and public institutions from primary to tertiary level in the state.

This was contained in a circular sent to all stakeholders from the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The circular was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Akin Asaniyan.

The circular, titled ‘Recitation of Oodua Anthem in all schools’, was made available to our correspondent on Thursday in Akure.

It read in part,“Please note that, at the just concluded inter-schools debate and award ceremony organised by Ondo State Ministry of Education Science and Technology, held on Thursday February 25, 2021, at the International Culture and Event Center (The Dome) , Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, announced that the state has adopted the Oodua Anthem and it is to be recited by the residents of the state.

“In the light of this development, Mr Governor has directed that the anthem is now compulsory in all public and private schools ( primary and secondary), as well as tertiary institutions in the state, to be recited by all students and teachers henceforth.”

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