10 test positive for COVID-19 at Lagos Govt House (Nation)
No fewer than 10 persons at the Lagos State Government House Marina have tested positive for COVID-19.
Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, disclosed on Thursday afternoon on his verified twitter handle.
He said the development forced Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his wife, Joke to undergo another test.
The tests, he however revealed, returned negative.
“I am glad to announce that #COVID19 Incident Commander Governor of Lagos State @jidesanwoolu and the First Lady of Lagos @jokesanwoolu have consistently tested negative to #COVID19 following three consecutive tests conducted on them recently,” the tweet read. Read more
Police in Lagos relocate checkpoints to ease movement of essential commodities, workers (Guardian)
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, on Wednesday in Lagos ordered the removal of some checkpoints in the state to ease the movement of essential commodities and workers.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Bala Elkana who disclosed this in a statement, said Odumosu gave the order when he visited various checkpoints in the state.
He said the visit, which was in the company of other senior police officers, was to monitor the compliance with the government’s curfew order. Read more
40 Lagos-bound travellers from Kano intercepted at Niger (Punch)
At least 40 travellers en route Lagos State from Kano State have been intercepted in Niger State, The PUNCH reports.
This was contained in a statement signed on Wednesday night by Mary Noel-Berje, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abubakar Bello.
According to the statement, 19 other persons travelling from Lagos to Kano were also stopped by the Niger State COVID-19 Task Force. Read more
Interstate movement: FRSC turns back 437 vehicles from Lagos, Ogun boundaries (Guardian)
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says it has turned back 437 vehicles from Ogun and Lagos States’ boundaries within two days while enforcing the Federal Government ban on interstate movements.
Mr Samuel Obayemi, FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of the two states, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday.
Obayemi, an Assistant Corps Marshal, said that the operatives of the corps turned back 45 vehicles at Lagos boundaries and 190 vehicles at Ogun boundaries on Monday, the first day of the lockdown ease. Read more
NNPC reduces petrol depot price to N108 (Punch)
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Wednesday night announced a reduction in the ex-depot price of petrol from N113.28 per litre to N108 per litre.
The ex-depot price is the price at which the product is sold to marketers at the depots.
It said the price reduction took effect across all its products loading facilities as well as in its throughput operations. Read more
Judge who annulled June 12 poll dies (Nation)
The Judge who annulled the June 12, 1993 presidential election, presumed to be the freest and fairest in the nation’s history, Dahiru Saleh, is dead.
According to Cable.Ng, he was buried in Azare, his hometown, in Bauchi on Thursday evening.
Until his death, he held the title of “Mutawallen” of Katagum emirate in Bauchi.
He was the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.
Chief MKO Abiola, who was recognised as an elected President posthumously by President Muhammadu Buhari, of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) was leading Bashir Tofa, his National Republican Convention rival, by margin wide before Saleh ruled to cancel the final announcement. Read more
COVID-19: Wear face mask or risk 14 days isolation – market leader (DailyTrust)
Face mask Mrs Ngozi Ozioko, Chairman of Nsukka Main Market Traders Association, has threatened to recommend 14 days isolation for any foodstuff seller who fails to maintain social distancing and wearing of face mask.
Ozioko gave the warning in Nsukka while addressing foodstuff traders at different locations in the market. Read more
Opening markets, closing churches for COVID-19 wrong –Oyedepo (Punch)
The Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide, aka Winners’ Chapel International, David Oyedepo, has questioned the continuous closure of churches over the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he suspects ulterior motives.
Oyedepo, who spoke during the Covenant Hour of Prayer Programme on Wednesday, said if markets could be opened for six hours, there was no reason churches should not be opened for two hours.
The revered cleric said he believed there was a gang up against the growth of the church in the country. Read more
Kenya, Somalia and Rwanda hit by deadly flooding (Guardian)
Flooding as a result of recent heavy rains has killed more than 260 people across East Africa.
Kenya has been the hardest hit with the government recording 194 deaths.
In Rwanda, 55 people have died and floods have killed 16 in Somalia. In Uganda high water levels have trapped an estimated 200 patients inside a hospital.
East African countries have also been hit by a locust invasion and Covid-19. Read more
This northern European city has moved its bars and restaurants outside (CBC)
After six excruciating weeks of being in a near lockdown, Lithuanian restaurateur Eimantas Lumpickas is relieved to finally have customers to serve again — but he’s never done it quite like this.
For the first time, all of his tables are outdoors.
Some are in a newly created seating area on the sidewalk and others will soon be in a park down the street, 40 metres away, that’s never seen table dining in the past.
“The restaurant is alive again,” said Lumpickas, as he relocated the tables and chairs outside of Drama Burger, an upscale gastro café in Vilnius, the capital of the Baltic nation of 2.7 million people. “The plan of course is brilliant,” he said.
“We are listening to the government’s guidance, we are keeping the distance between the tables, staff are wearing masks and gloves and using sanitizers.” Read more
Mum dies on vacation after birth control triggers blood clot (NYPost)
A British mum died on vacation to California from a blot clot that was partly triggered by her birth control, according to a report.
Zoe Williams, 42, of South Wales collapsed just days after arriving in San Francisco with her husband, James, and 11-year-old son, Hayden, The Sun reported.
The family had been sightseeing when Zoe complained back on the October vacation that she was experiencing difficulty walking. Read more
Moscow has three times more coronavirus cases than officially accounted-for – Mayor (RT)
Despite Russia ranking fifth in the world for confirmed Covid-19 cases, the truth might be even worse. Moscow’s Mayor Sergey Sobyanin believes the real tally in the city is about 300,000 – three times more than the official count.
In an interview with TV channel Russia 24, Sobyanin explained how the increased numbers are actually a positive.
“The fact that we have identified so many cases is not a minus, but a huge plus. Obviously, there are even more in the city. According to screening studies, [cases] are in the region of 2-to-2.5 percent of the total population of Moscow; in terms of the figures, about 300,000,” said the mayor. Read more
Like giant ice cream trucks, supermarkets on wheels get ready to roll into the neighbourhood (CBC)
Consumers are being offered a growing number of new ways to bring home the bacon, along with fresh produce, eggs, milk and whatever is else on their grocery lists.
Instead of waiting in line outside a supermarket, or trying to secure a slot with one of the grocery delivery apps — which have been slammed with demand during the COVID-19 lockdown — new startups and established companies alike are eager to offer Canadians a fresh alternative.
The grocery industry is highly competitive and has been moving online for some time, but it now appears the competition will be intensifying further, with a range of new entrants looking to help Canadian shoppers buy from the safety of their homes. Read more
Couple travel the world on the cheap by looking after people’s pets and staying in their homes for free (Metro)
Laura Fisher, 36, and Barry McNeice, 35, have spent the last 18 months travelling the world on the cheap – all thanks to jobs looking after people’s pets and staying in their homes free of charge. The couple have already ticked off North America, southeast Asia, New Zealand, and Scandanavia from their places-to-go list, having looked after 25 dogs, 20 cats, and a herd of miniature ponies so far. Laura and Barry saved up some cash and quit their jobs to take up dogsitting gigs and go on an adventure. Read more
Coronavirus: Germany’s Bundesliga to resume behind closed doors on 16 May (BBC)
The Bundesliga will resume behind closed doors on Saturday 16 May – and is the first European league to restart following the coronavirus shutdown.
One of the games on the day of relaunch will be the derby between Schalke and Borussia Dortmund.
Champions Bayern Munich, who are four points clear at the top of the table, travel to Union Berlin on Sunday. Read more
Mike Tyson offered $20m to become baddest bare knuckle fighter on the planet with BKB ring return (RT)
The fantasy fight we all wanted has taken a step closer to fruition: boxing legend Mike Tyson has received a whopping $20 million offer to make an ungloved return to the ring in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC).
It’s over three decades since ‘the baddest man on the planet’ became the youngest ever world heavyweight champion aged 20 but BKFC president David Feldman is trying to temp Tyson back into action with a huge bid to join his promotion.
“While we did make a guaranteed offer of $20 Million for Mike [Tyson] to fight for BKFC,” Feldman said of the comapny’s offer to the 53-year-old Brooklynite, Heavy.com reported. Read more
Rashford’s return threatens Odion Ighalo’s Manchester United dream (Guardian)
Manchester United are relaxed about the possibility of Odion Ighalo returning to Shanghai Shenhua now Marcus Rashford is fit again, reports Manchester Evening News.
Shanghai Shenhua striker Ighalo, 30, has entered the last month of his loan deal with United and could be recalled by his parent club with the Chinese Super League now due to start in June or July.
The CSL campaign – which usually starts in February – was postponed following the coronavirus outbreak and because of where the Chinese league falls in the calendar Ighalo’s loan arrangement was agreed until the end of May. Read more
Frank Lampard says Chelsea youngsters were ‘put in their place’ by Bayern Munich (Metro)
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says his young side were ‘put in their place’ by Bayern Munich in the Champions League but hopes the heavy defeat can be used to fuel their development. The west London club lost 3-0 against the German champions at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their round of 16 clash in February, with former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry netting a brace and Robert Lewandowski also getting on the score sheet. Chelsea’s trip to Bavaria for the return leg was postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis and Lampard admits his team were given a lesson in what is required to compete at the very top level.
Asked if the Champions League has been a good school for his youngsters in a video call with an NHS doctor and lifelong Chelsea fan, Lampard said: ‘Yeah definitely. I’d like to think that Bayern Munich game we’ll look back on in a year or two years’ time and it will be a defining moment for this group. Read more
‘Manchester United to resume training on May 18’ (DailyTrust) Manchester United players celebrate a goal. Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has said the club will resume training on May 18. Players from other Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Tottenham, have already returned to their training facilities under strict conditions, while the majority of top-flight teams remain in self-isolation. United players, who were based abroad during the coronavirus outbreak, have been told to return to the UK and Pereira told Globo Esporte that plans are in place to restart training at Carrington later this month. Read more
All Barcelona players test negative for coronavirus (Nation)
All first team players of Spanish giants FC Barcelona have tested negative for COVID-19.
The results of the mandatory tests they took on Wednesday returned negative.
The players will now start training on Friday, as it’s been planned.
The first sessions will be held in small groups.
Highly reliable RAC1 report that all Barcelona players tested negative for the coronavirus. Read more