Tag Archives: Coronavirus

How China Is Controlling The COVID Origins Narrative — Silencing Critics And Locking Up Dissenters

John Garrick, Charles Darwin University and Yan Bennett, Princeton University Just over a year has gone by since the novel coronavirus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan and the world still has many questions about where and how it originated. The World Health Organisation is sending a team to China this week to investigate the origins of the ...

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COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories: NGF Dissociates Self From Gov Bello

The Nigeria Governors Forum has dissociated itself from a statement by a member and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, about coronavirus conspiracy theories. It also set up a committee of experts headed by Prof. Oyewole Tomori to advise members on the procurement and administration of coronavirus vaccines expected to arrive in Nigeria in February. The decision was taken after the ...

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Africa’s COVID-19 Case Fatality Rate Surpasses Global Level

Africa’s coronavirus case fatality rate has risen alarmingly to 2.5%, higher than the global level of 2.2%, the head of the continent’s disease control body said on Thursday. Earlier in the pandemic, Africa’s rate had been below the global average, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) head John Nkengasong told reporters. “The case fatality rate is beginning ...

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Don’t Underestimate Dangers Of Coronavirus This Festive Season, Mrs Obiano Urges Nigerians

Raymond Ozoji, Awka Wife of the Governor of Anambra State and founder of charity based organization, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE), Dr. Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano,  has called on Nigerians, particularly Anambra citizens to count the blessings from God despite the mulfarious challenges confronting humanity in 2020 and celebrate the season by sharing and spreading love for one another especially with ...

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European Leaders Self-Quarantine As Macron Tests Positive For COVID-19

President Emmanuel Macron of France has tested positive for the coronavirus and will work in isolation for the next week, prompting other European leaders he has met to take precautionary measures and complicating Europe’s efforts to overcome a crippling second wave of the pandemic. The presidential Élysée Palace announced the illness on Thursday without clarifying Mr. Macron’s symptoms or the ...

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Where COVID-19 Has Left Nigeria’s Health System

The Nigerian government struggles to contain COVID-19 while other diseases suffer some measure of neglect Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images Doyin Odubanjo, Nigerian Academy of Science Over nine months into COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, there are concerns about how well the country has managed the pandemic. Adejuwon Soyinka, from The Conversation Africa, asked Dr Doyin Odubanjo, executive secretary ...

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Former Ghanaian President, Jerry Rawlings, Dies Of COVID-19

Former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, has died from complications from Coronavirus disease. It was learnt that the ex-president died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana, on Thursday morning. He had recently buried his mother, Victoria Agbotui, at Dzelukope in the Volta Region on October 24, 2020. She died at 101 on September 24, 2020. Shortly after ...

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Pfizer Vaccine: What An ‘Efficacy Rate Above 90%’ Really Means

F8 Studio/Shutterstock Zania Stamataki, University of Birmingham There was – rightfully – a lot of excitement when Pfizer and BioNTech announced interim results from their COVID vaccine trial. The vaccine, called BNT162b2, was reported to have an “efficacy rate above 90%”. This was soon translated in the press to be 90% “effective” at preventing COVID-19. Efficacy, effectiveness – what’s the ...

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Oxford Vaccine Produces Immune Response

One of the world’s leading COVID-19 experimental vaccines produces an immune response in both young and old adults, raising hopes of a path out of the gloom and economic destruction wrought by the novel coronavirus. The vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford, also triggers lower adverse responses among the elderly, British drug maker AstraZeneca Plc, which is helping manufacture ...

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Lagos Reopens Public/Private Schools, Gyms, Cinemas

Nursery Classes, Daycare Remain Closed Governor Orders Mass Integrity Test On Schools’ Structures  Lagos State Government has granted permission for the re-opening of basic and secondary schools, although with a note of caution to private proprietors and public administrators. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, during a briefing on Saturday, ordered the resumption of all public and private schools from September 21, 2020, ...

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