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Coronavirus: AfDB, others raise US$230 billion in pandemic response

International financial institutions collectively mobilized a global response package of US$230 billion between 2020 and 2021, to aid the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said yesterday.

The funds were raised to reduce the pandemic’s impact of which US$75 billion will be directed to the world’s poorest countries before the end of 2020, the Bank said.

The Bank joined a group of 11 multilateral development banks (MDBs) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to launch a report on financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The launch took place during a virtual ceremony attended by the heads of the institutions on Thursday.

The report is released at the end of a critical year, with the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to reverse progress on the SDGs.

The banks said national and global leaders have recognised the opportunity – and responsibility – to ensure that recovery efforts support the SDGs, the report said.

The report highlights selected examples of initiatives related to the 17 SDGs and efforts to “mobilise finance, create knowledge, and build capacity” for countries for their achievement.

It showcases examples of how their financing directly contributes to advancing SDGs that empower people, protect the planet, foster prosperity for all, and develop sustainable quality infrastructure.

Head of the Islamic Development Bank Group (ISDB), Bandar Hajjar, whose institution led the compilation of the report, said the pandemic had highlighted the fragility of the progress countries have made toward the SDGs and underlined the imperative of fostering better and more resilient development.

“We recognize the urgency to achieve the 2030 Agenda through the work that needs to go into building a more resilient post-COVID-19 world,” Hajjar said.

“The report also emphasizes the critical importance of MDBs partnerships to deliver financing, knowledge, and capacity building support for the SDGs.”

Such partnerships and coordination would include increased support for an ambitious climate action for the planet; fostering digitalization for sustainability; continuing to promote sustainable infrastructure, strengthening resilience and mobilizing finance by attracting, de-risking, leveraging and catalyzing investments of all kinds.

“This joint report reflects our collective engagement and strong commitment to accelerate progress towards the SDGs. To accelerate Africa’s development, we will continue joining investment hands across the globe,” African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina said.

Examples of African Development Bank initiatives, such as its Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation Programme, which aims to reach 40 million farmers by 2023 and add 120 million metric tons to the African food basket, are included in the report. Thenationonlineng

Coronavirus: China gives update on doctors sent to Nigeria

The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, has revealed that the medical team that arrived in Nigeria from the Asian country last week are in 100 per cent quarantine.

Pingjian said this on Thursday, when he met with the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila over the maltreatment of Nigerians in China.

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The Ambassador said the Chinese medical personnel are in full quarantine and ready to observe all protocols as stipulated by Nigeria.

He said, “They are on 100 percent quarantine. The NCDC has been there twice; they have to follow the protocol.

“They are here to deliver medical supplies and on advisory role only, that is a prevention working group on Covid-19. They will do nothing like practicing as doctors.”

Pingjian said though he has not been officially informed about the details of the incidences of inhumane treatment of Nigerians in China he would take it up with the home government.

“We take our relationship with Nigeria very seriously. Until we receive a full report from back home, I cannot act, but I can assure you it is not a policy issue.

“We treat everyone equally, but during the implementation of the COVID-19 measures in China, it is possible for some incidents; all I do is to take it back home, today I will,” he said. Dailypost

President’s son test positive for coronavirus

Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic, on Wednesday revealed that his son has tested positive for coronavirus.

Vucic, who confirmed this on his Instagram page, said his son has been hospitalised.
“My firstborn is infected by the coronavirus and his clinical condition is such that he was admitted to the infectious diseases clinic,” he wrote.

No other details were immediately available.

NAN reports that Danilo Vucic, 22, is the oldest of Vucic’s three children.
Meanwhile, globally, coronavirus has killed 80,000 and affected 1.4million people.
In Africa the number of confirmed cases on Tuesday were 9,600 and 466 deaths. NAN

Coronavirus: Donald Trump to defy 'voluntary' advice for Americans to wear masks

US President Donald Trump has said he will not wear a face mask despite new medical guidance advising Americans to do so.

He could not see himself greeting "presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens" in the Oval Office while wearing one, he said.

He stressed that the guidance released on Friday was "voluntary".

"You do not have to do it," he said. "I don't think I'm going to be doing it."

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  The guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the government's public health advisory agency, came as the US reported more than 1,100 deaths in a single day - the highest total for a 24-hour period anywhere in the world.

The US has so far confirmed 278,458 cases of Covid-19 and more than 7,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

New York state remains the worst affected area, with nearly 3,000 deaths, and state governor Andrew Cuomo has appealed for help from other parts of the country.

Until now, US health authorities had said that only the sick, or those caring for patients of coronavirus, should wear masks, but newer studies suggest that covering up one's face is important to prevent inadvertent transmission.

"From recent studies we know that the transmission from individuals without symptoms is playing a more significant role in the spread of the virus than previously understood," Mr Trump said on Friday.

However, he told reporters after announcing the CDC's new guidance: "I just don't want to do it myself."

"Sitting in the Oval Office... I somehow don't see it for myself."

Americans are now advised to use clean cloth or fabric to cover their faces whilst in public. Officials have stressed that medical masks remain in short supply, and should be left for healthcare workers.

The guidance comes as the number of cases globally climbs past one million. BBC

Coronavirus: CNN anchor, Chris Cuomo tests positive

Chris Cuomo, CNN anchor and younger brother of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus disease.

The 49-year-old made this known on his twitter account on Tuesday, stating that he hoped he doesn’t give it to his kids and his wife, Cristina.

He said, ”So in these difficult times that seem to be more difficult and complicated by the day, I just found out that am positive for coronavirus.

”I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had a fever, chills and shortness of breath.

“I just hope I didn’t give it to the kids and Cristina. That would make me feel worse than this illness.

”I am actually quarantined in my basement which actually makes the rest of the family seem pleased.

”I will do my shows from here.

”We will all beat this by being smart, tough and united!”


Country Music Star Joe Diffie Dies Of Coronavirus at 61

Joe Diffie, a Grammy award-winning country music singer who had several chart-topping hits in the 1990s, has died of coronavirus. He was 61.

Diffie’s death was announced on his Facebook page, which said he died on Sunday “from complications of coronavirus.”

His death came just two days after he had announced that he had tested positive for the virus and was receiving medical care.

“My family and I are asking for privacy at this time,” he said. “We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic.”

Diffie, who was from Oklahoma, had several hit songs during the 1990s including “Pickup Man,” “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)” and “John Deere Green.”

His first album, “A Thousand Winding Roads,” was released in 1990 and including his hit song “Home.”

Nearly 137,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the United States and there have been more than 2,400 deaths. Theguardianng

12 new patients in Lagos as Nigeria’s coronavirus cases hit 65


Nigeria has recorded 14 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number from 51 to 65.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this via its Twitter handle on Thursday night.

It said 12 of the cases are in Lagos while two are in Abuja.
The centre said six of the new cases were “detected on a vessel”, while three are returning travellers and two, a close contact of a confirmed case.

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The latest data shows Lagos still has the highest number of cases, 44, while Abuja and Ogun have 11 and three cases respectively.

Ekiti, Oyo, Edo, Osun and Rivers all have one coronavirus patient each, while Bauchi has two.

Nigeria’s only casualty from the disease is Suleiman Achimugu, former managing director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), who died on Monday.

TheCable had reported that 178 persons have been tested for the disease as of Tuesday, according to data from the NCDC.

In Africa, the coronavirus has so far infected 2,819 persons across 46 countries, leading to 73 deaths.

It remains a gloomy picture globally: 522,830 cases with 23,621 deaths. At least 123,300 have so far recovered from the infection. TheCable

Coronavirus: Juventus to cut C Ronaldo’s wages

Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, could be set for a 20-30% slash in his wages at the club, due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Mundo Deportivo.

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Earlier this month, the Serie A season was suspended, with clubs expected to hugely suffer financial losses.

It is believed Ronaldo could miss out on up to £8.4m in future wages, with Juve expected to reduce the wages of all players by at least 20%.

Ronaldo moved to Juve from Real Madrid in 2018.

Since his arrival, he has netted 53 times in 75 games, helping the Turin club win the Serie A title last season.

The 35-year-old is currently self-isolating in his native Madeira in Portugal. Dailypost

Coronavirus: Nigerian Govt shuts down 3 airports

The Federal Government of Nigeria has shut down, Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

A statement signed by the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu, said, the shutdown was part of its strategic measures to curb the spread of coronavirus across the country.

The Nation reports that Nuhu said the three airports would be closed till further notice effective Saturday, March 21.

He, however, added that the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos would still be opened but no flight operations will be allowed from the thirteen COVID-19 (Coronavirus) high-risk countries.

Recall that on Wednesday that President Muhammadu Buhari imposed a travel ban on 13 high risk countries of COVID-19 including UK.

The ban is to take effect from March 21st even as Nigeria continues to record new cases of coronavirus. Dailypost


Coronavirus: NASA delays work on Moon rocket during virus pandemic

NASA is shutting down two of its space centres to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The US space agency said it will suspend work at its Michoud facility in New Orleans, where a Moon rocket, or Space Launch System, is being built.

Its Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, where the rocket booster is being tested, will also temporarily close.

This could delay NASA's mission to send astronauts to the Moon in 2024.

The US now has more than 11,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, including one known case at NASA's Stennis Space Center.

"NASA will temporarily suspend production and testing of Space Launch System and Orion hardware," said its administrator Jim Bridenstine. The only workers allowed onsite will be those dealing with security and critical infrastructure.

"We realise there will be impacts to NASA missions, but as our teams work to analyse the full picture and reduce risks we understand that our top priority is the health and safety of the NASA workforce," Mr Bridenstine added. "There is no team better prepared for doing hard things."

The delays will affect manufacturing and testing of the Space Launch System and Orion, the crew capsule that will carry the astronauts to the Moon. NASA had set a goal of the next Moon landing to happen by the end of 2024.

A test flight without any astronauts aboard, may also be delayed until after 2021.

Another NASA site, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is currently operational. This is the home of its Perserverance rover which is scheduled to head to Mars this summer to look for signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples. BBC


Coronavirus: California government orders 40m residents to stay at home

All 40 million residents of California were Thursday ordered to stay at home indefinitely in a bid to battle the coronavirus pandemic in the nation’s most populous state.

The statewide directive, which Governor Gavin Newsom said goes into effect “this evening,” is the most dramatic containment measure yet by a US state.

“There is a recognition of our interdependence that requires of this moment that we direct a statewide order for people to stay at home,” he said.

No end date was set for the measure because the pandemic is a “dynamic situation,” said Newsom.

California has been among the worst hit by the virus, with at least 18 confirmed deaths so far, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

Around 1,000 Californians have tested positive.

Although a mandatory executive order, the measure will likely not be enforced by police, Newsom said.

“People I think recognise the need to do more, and to meet this moment, and people will self-regulate their behaviour,” he said.

Essential jobs and tasks such as grocery shopping would be exempt, he said.

“We want people to go to essential jobs — we want people to deal with their essentials in a thoughtful and judicious way.”

Gas stations, pharmacies, banks and laundry services all count as “critical infrastructure” and will remain open.

Restaurants can still provide take-out and delivery, and food banks will still operate.

In a letter to US President Donald Trump Wednesday requesting federal help, Newsom had warned that cases were doubling every four days in some parts of the state.

“We project that roughly 56 percent of our population — 25.5 million people — will be infected with the virus over an eight week period,” he wrote.

The new stay-at-home order is intended to reduce that figure, Newsom said Thursday.

“The point of the stay at home order is to make those numbers move — to bend that curve,” he said.

“That means that projection no longer becomes a reality because we changed our behaviour.”

Under the projections, California would have a shortfall of around 10,000 hospital beds, Newsom said.

In addition to the isolation order, university dormitories, hotels and motels were being leased to provide more space.

Newsom’s announcement came moments after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had imposed a similar order on the state’s largest city.

That order prohibited gatherings in enclosed spaces of more than 10 people.

Several counties in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, had already imposed similar stay-at-home measures earlier in the week.

Newsom on Thursday also wrote a letter to Congress requesting “more than $1 billion in initial funding” for California to tackle the pandemic.

“If we’re to be criticized at this moment, let us be criticized for taking this moment seriously,” said Newsom.”

“That, is being criticized for going full force and meeting this virus head on.”

He added: “It’s time for all of us to recognize, as individuals and as a community, we need to do more.”



Mikel breaks silence after his contract is terminated

John Obi Mikel has finally spoken, since his contract with Trabzonspor was terminated by mutual consent.
Mikel Obi signed for the Turkish club last summer as a free agent on a two-year deal.

However, last week, the former Super Eagles captain spoke out against Turkish football authorities, for allowing the Super Lig season continue despite the spread of the coronavirus across Europe.

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Yesterday, Trabzonspor confirmed that Mikel Obi has left the club and given up his wages.

Reacting in an Instagram post on Wednesday, he wrote: “I would like to thank all the fans for their support.

“I also want to say thanks to all my teammates, technical crew, medical team and kit men Ayatabe for all we’ve achieved this season so far, wish you guys best of luck in winning the league.

“It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make, but in current situation we all need take care of our families, spend time with them and protect them.” Dailypost

Coronavirus: NPFL suspends league games until further notice

The League Management Company (LMC) has suspended the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) until further notice.

This is due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

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On Wednesday, five new cases were reported in Nigeria, bringing the total of cases to eight.

“Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has been suspended till further notice in line with global health preventive protocol against the Corona Virus Disease (COVID 19),” the LMC statement read.

“In suspending remaining league matches, the League Management Company (LMC) said it would review the decision after consulting the nation’s health authorities, namely, the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) as well as the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

“Matchday 25 fixtures were concluded on Wednesday and the LMC said the decision was to conform with the guidelines for containment of the spread of the global pandemic.” Dailypost
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