Breaking: Lagos Discharges 11 COVID-19 Patients

The Lagos State Government has discharged 11 more COVID-19 patients after their viral loads returned negative. This brings to 19 the number of discharged patients from the Infectious Disease Centre Yaba since the outbreak on February 27. In total, 20 persons have now been discharged in Nigeria. Announcing the news on his Twitter page Thursday, […]

A new COVID-19 test can return results in 5 minutes

A new COVID-19 test from the medical device company Abbott can return positive results in five minutes — and it can be run in a doctor’s office. The test was approved for emergency use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration last night. The test uses Abbott’s small, portable ID NOW platform, and doesn’t […]

Americans to get N441,000 each as Trump signs historic $2.2trn financial stimulus bill

President Donald Trump on Friday signed the $2.2 trillion (N827 trillion) financial stimulus package to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. This came hours after the country’s House of Representatives approved the bipartisan bill, which the Senate passed on Wednesday. U.S. is currently the hardest-hit country in terms of […]

Ministers donate 50% of March salary to COVID-19 efforts

Nigeria’s 43 Ministers have donated 50% of their March 2020 salaries to support Federal Government’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Nigeria has recorded 81 cases with one death and three discharged as at March 27, 2020. Though what the 50% amounted to was not disclosed, a statement in Abuja on Saturday stated that the […]

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

LONDON — Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus, he said in a tweet Friday. He had developed “mild symptoms” in the last 24 hours and was “self-isolating,” he said. “I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.” Over the last 24 hours I have […]

US overtakes Italy as world’s No. 1 coronavirus hotspot

The United States (US) was quickly becoming a new epicenter of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Thursday as new infections soared, surpassing Italy’s record; and citizens filing for unemployment skyrocketed to a historic high. Hospitals increasingly have reported being overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases and 40 percent of Americans are under lockdown orders, although a buoyant […]

How COVID-19 is changing public perception of big tech companies

On March 5th, as COVID-19 began to reshape American life, I noted here that big tech companies had responded with unusual alacrity. Where they once had been loath to intervene in matters of fact, suddenly Facebook and Twitter were prominently featuring links to high-quality information from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization in […]

Prince Charles Tests Positive for Coronavirus

LONDON) — Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his office said Wednesday. The 71-year-old is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland, his Clarence House office said. It says his wife Camilla, 72, has tested negative. “The Prince of […]

Pope tells priests to visit Coronavirus cases

Pope Francis urged Catholic priests on Tuesday to “have the courage” to go out and help those sickened by the novel coronavirus, hours after Italy was placed on a nationwide lockdown. “Let us pray to the Lord also for our priests, that they may have the courage to go out and visit the sick… and […]

UNIZIK suspends Chinese course

The Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, has suspended a Chinese course in the institution amid fear of coronavirus. UNIZIK  Vice-Chancellor, Prof Charles Esimone, said this on Monday during the 14th pre- convocation press conference of the school. He said they had also told their  Chinese lecturers who traveled home not to return to the […]