Pregnant COVID-19 patient gives birth at LUTH (Vanguard)
A pregnant COVID-19 patient has been delivered of a baby at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
The news was disclosed by the hospital in a tweet on Monday afternoon, saying the mother and child are well and alive.
“A team of LUTH Drs, anaesthetists & nurses delivered a woman with Covid19 of a baby girl this afternoon 40yr old mother & 3.3kg baby are doing fine. Our gratitude goes to these gallant men & women & all warriors making d nation proud in d face of this scourge,” the tweet read. Read more
Tinubu confirms his late CSO, another aide COVID-19 positive (Tribune)
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu on Monday confirmed his late Chief Security Officer, Alhaji Lateef Raheem, tested positive for COVID-19.
Raheem died last Friday.
Mourning him on his twitter handle, Tinubu had said “his unexpected death apparently was due to complications from diabetes and high blood pressure.”
However, a statement from his media office on Monday said a precautionary test on samples from his body, returned positive, for the virus. Read more
Fire razes Lagos NNPC mega station (Guardian)
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) mega station at College road Ogba, Lagos is on fire.
The big fuel station houses a retail cooking gas shop and it’s surrounded by residential homes and shops.
As at report time, people around the area say the fire service hasn’t showed up yet. Read more
COVID-19: Face masks use not freedom of movement, says Sanwo-olu’s aide (Punch)
Gawat Jubril, Senior Special Assistant on New Media to Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says his principal’s directive compelling all residents of the state to wear face masks in public spaces is no license to defy the lockdown order currently in place.
Jubril made this known via Twitter on Sunday shortly after the governor kicked off the “Mask Up Lagos” campaign as part of efforts to curb the circle of transmission of the coronavirus disease in the state.
Sanwo-Olu said, “Dear Lagosians, even as we observe the lockdown, we are kicking off #MaskUpLagos; the COMPULSORY wearing of face masks in Lagos. Face masks help to protect us from droplets and secretions from coughing, sneezing, etc as not everyone that is infected will show symptoms.
“Face masks, combined with frequent hand washing, being conscious about NOT touching our face, as well as #SocialDistancing, are effective in slowing the spread. Read more
COVID-19: Heavy traffic as Oyo workers resume (Tribune)
Security personnel had their hands full at the entrance to the Oyo State Secretariat, Ibadan, as about 3,000 civil servants on grade level 13 and above resumed work on Monday.
Governor Seyi Makinde, had last Friday, cut short the five weeks COVID-19 induced break when he asked senior workers to resume.
With entrance into the Secretariat restricted to only the main gate, there was a high volume of traffic at the entry point as security personnel had to screen entrants to ensure that only workers on grade level 13 and above gained entry. Read more
Woman killed as building collapses in Ibadan (DailyTrust)
One person was killed in a storey building which collapsed on Sunday at Onipasan area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday. NAN learnt that the deceased was the wife of the owner of the collapsed building located behind Oluyoro Hospital. Read more
Police nab woman for allegedly stabbing mother-in-law to death in Niger (Vanguard)
The Police Command in Niger has arrested one Fatima Sani, 37 of Gobirawa village in Mashegu Local Government Area for allegedly stabbing her mother-in-law to death.
The Commissioner of police in the state, Alhaji Adamu Usman, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Monday.
Usman said that the suspect had a misunderstanding with her husband, Sani Umaru, on April 23 which resulted to divorce. Read more
Atiku’s son tests negative for coronavirus after 40 days at Isolation centre (DailyTrust)
Mohammed Atiku-Abubakar, a son of Nigeria’s former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, has now tested negative for coronavirus. This is coming on the same day that Raymond Dokpesi Jnr, the chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, owner of AIT and Raypower, disclosed that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
Mohammed said he will soon be discharged from Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja, where he has been receiving treatment for 40 days. He was moved to the hospital on March 19 after testing positive for the virus. Read more
Two Nigeria police officers test positive for coronavirus (Guardian)
Two officers of Nigeria police have tested positive for coronavirus in Ondo State.
Ondo State governor Rotimi Akeredolu made the disclosure during his weekly broadcast on COVID19 in the state.
Currently, Ondo State has eight cases of coronavirus after recording five cases over the weekend. Read more
Psychologists unlock why stress leaves you feeling trapped (Metro) The reason stress leaves you feeling trapped in your situation is because it stops your brain from planning for the future, scientists believe. Researchers have discovered that stress and anxiety blocks the mind from being able to recall memories and use them for future plans. The team behind the study say that not having cashflow and health stressors in life count as a form of ‘privilege’ giving relaxed people the chance to be more efficient. Meanwhile, their counterparts are left stuck, without the ability to think properly about solving problems ahead. Read more
Boris Johnson says lockdown must continue on first day back after coronavirus (Metro)
The prime minister has addressed the nation outside No 10 for the first time in weeks after his Covid-19 recovery to say that lockdown will not be eased just yet. Boris Johnson described the virus as an ‘invisible mugger’ and apologised for being away from his desk ‘for much longer than I would’ve liked’. He thanked everyone who has ‘stepped up’ in his absence, including Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab who has deputised. ‘Once again I want to thank you, the people of this country, for the sheer grit and guts you’ve continued to show,’ he said. ‘Every day I know this virus brings sadness and mourning to households across the land.’ Read more
North Korean media offers Kim Jong Un letter as proof he’s still alive (NYPost)
With rumors swirling about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a state-run newspaper tried to prove the despot is alive and well by reporting that he has sent a thank-you letter to builders in a seaside resort.
The Rodong Sinmun outlet claimed Monday that Kim penned the message to builders working on a tourism project in Wonsan, where South Korea believes the leader has been staying since April 13, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.
“Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has sent his appreciation to the workers who devoted themselves to building the Wonsan-Kalma tourist zone,” the Rodong Sinmun reported. Read more
Spain reports 331 new virus deaths in 24 hours (Guardian)
Spain announced 331 new virus deaths Monday in a slight increase on its lowest daily figure in a month, as officials warned parents not to flout rules after children were allowed outdoors.
The coronavirus has killed 23,521 in Spain, the third-highest death rate in the world, but on Sunday the overnight toll fell to 288.
That was the lowest 24-hour figure in more than five weeks, raising hopes the worst of the outbreak may have passed. Read more
Nancy Pelosi endorses Joe Biden for president (NYPost)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday endorsed former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden – saying he can help guide the US out of the coronavirus crisis.
“As we face coronavirus, Joe has been a voice of reason and resilience, with a clear path to lead us out of this crisis,” Pelosi said in a prerecorded video.
The California Democrat also cited Biden’s experience helping to pass the Affordable Care Act and implementing the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Read more
3 more COVID-19 patients retest positive after recovery in Vietnam (Guardian)
Three more Vietnamese people have tested positive again for the coronavirus (COVID- 19) after a full recovery, Vietnam News Agency reported on Monday.
The total number of COVID-19 patients retested positive after recovery in the country has reached eight as of Monday noon.
The news agency reported that the three patients included one Vietnamese citizen and two Brazilians, who had recovered earlier. Read more
Israel to reopen some schools on Sunday if coronavirus curve allows (Vanguard)
Israel will begin a staggered reopening of schools next week if the latest health data does not warn of heightened coronavirus risk, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Monday.
Israel closed schools and kindergartens in mid-March, worsening an economic lockdown as parents were forced to stay home to mind children. With unemployment peaking at 27% and contagion rates waning, Israel is now easing curbs.
Netanyahu’s office said children in the first three years of primary school would resume studies on Sunday, the beginning of the Israeli work-week, in reduced class sizes of no more than 15 pupils. Read more
Ronaldinho says arrest and confinement has been ‘hard’ (Vanguard)
Former Brazilian football star Ronaldinho said on Monday that his arrest and subsequent house arrest in Paraguay for using a false passport was “a very hard blow”.
“I would never have imagined myself in such a situation,” said the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain striker in an interview with the Paraguayan newspaper ABC.
Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira are accused of entering Paraguay in possession of false passports. Read more
Rafael Nadal pulls out of virtual tennis match with ‘back injury’ as exuberant Andy Murray delights in Virtual Madrid Open win (Metro)
There were plenty of teething problems during the opening hours of the Virtual Madrid Open, with Rafael Nadal forced to restart his first match due to technical issues before pulling out of a scheduled charity match with a ‘back injury’, but he and Andy Murray – who stole the show with his exuberant commentary – both made winning starts. Tournament director Feliciano Lopez claimed world No. 2 Nadal had asked to delay his charity match against Youtube star DjMariio due to the injury – despite the fact it’s a video game tournament. ‘I think he had an issue of his back today,’ Lopez said. ‘He was a bit injured today so he asked to play his match tomorrow. Read more
In Italy, time running out for Serie A return (Guardian)
The Italian government has ruled out team training before May 18, leaving Serie A chiefs with their backs against the wall if they are to finish a season interrupted by the coronavirus crisis.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Sunday delayed a decision on restarting football despite allowing top athletes to resume training in a week’s time.
From next Monday, individual athlete will be able to resume training. Read more
Mikel Arteta absent as Arsenal squad resume training at London Colney (Metro)
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was absent as the Spaniard’s first-team squad returned to training at London Colney today. A ‘majority’ of first team players trained at the club’s Hertfordshire base this morning after the club decided that it was safe to open up their large training base. Arsenal enforced strict rules for all players, designating each individual their own ball and parking spot so that they do not come into contact with another person. Players were given designated times to arrive and arrived in groups of five to stem the flow of players through the door. The gym, canteen and indoor training centre was closed. Read more
Arsenal winning race to sign Chelsea star Willian on free transfer (Metro)
Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign Chelsea winger Willian on a pre-contract agreement. The Brazilian is out of contract at the end of the season and negotiations over a new deal at Stamford Bridge came to an end last month. Chelsea are keen to keep Willian but he wants a longer deal than the 12-month extension the Blues are offering. Willian is happy in London, describing the capital as his ‘home’. That has alerted Arsenal, who are searching for bargains this summer due to the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis. Read more
FIFA’s Infantino suspected of intervening to stop probe (Guardian)
FIFA president Gianni Infantino is suspected of having intervened with Switzerland’s attorney general to try to get an investigation dropped, a Swiss newspaper alleged on Monday.
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) launched an investigation in early 2016, shortly after Infantino was elected president of world football’s governing body, about his awarding of a television rights contract to an offshore company in his previous role as UEFA’s legal affairs director. Read more
West Ham, Brighton players return to training grounds. (Vanguard)
West Ham, Brighton and Arsenal opened their training grounds to players on Monday as Premier League clubs took steps towards a potential re-start.
The English top-flight is reportedly eyeing a resumption of the season on June 8 behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Project Restart” could see the 20 Premier League clubs resume full training by May 18, allowing players a three-week “pre-season”. Read more