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Nigeria logs 566 new cases of COVID-19, Monday – NCDC

Nigeria logs 566 new cases of COVID-19, Monday – NCDC NCDC has on Monday announced 566 new cases of the coronavirus, (COVID-19) bringing the total number of infections in the country to 25,133. Dr Chikwe Ikekweazu NCDC Boss By Abujah Racheal The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Monday announced 566 new cases of the coronavirus, (COVID-19) bringing the total number of infections in the country to 25,133. The centre announced this via its official Twitter handle. It said that the 566 new confirmed cases were from 20 states, with eight deaths as of June 29. The health agency addedd that no new state reported a case in the past 24 hours. The NCDC said that Lagos reported the highest number of cases with 166 new cases, followed by Oyo which

COVID-19: FG extends Phase II of eased lockdown by 4 weeks

COVID-19: FG extends Phase II of eased lockdown by 4 weeks Mr Boss MustaphaBy Abujah Racheal The Federal Government on Monday extended the Phase II of the eased lockdown by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday June 30. Mr Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) said this on Monday at the daily briefing in Abuja. “I am pleased to inform you that Mr President has carefully considered the 5th Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly approved. “That with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the phase two of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30,’’

COVID-19: Challenges of Rural women and social distancing

COVID-19: Challenges of Rural women and social distancing Social distancing, or physical distancing, is a set of non-pharmaceutical interventions or measures taken to prevent the spread of a contagious disease. COVID-19: Challenges of Rural women and social distancing By Ebere Agozie As the world grapples with prevention and finding cure for the #covid-19 outbreak, #social distancing has become a buzzword. Incidentally, many of the recommendations given by health experts as to the required keeping of distance between people have to do with what makes life pleasurable and in contradiction with some long established traditions. According to Wikipedia,  social distancing, or physical distancing, is a set of non-pharmaceutical interventions or measures taken to prevent the spread of a contagious disease by maintaining physical distances between people

German govt pumps 300 mln euros into vaccine firm CureVac

Berlin will take a stake in German biotech company CureVac, Finance Minister Peter Altmaier said Monday, months after reports the US was eyeing the firm and its under-development coronavirus vaccine. “We’re sending a clear signal for CureVac here in Germany as a place to do business,” Altmaier told reporters in the capital. The federal government’s 300-million-euro ($337-million) investment will buy it a 23-percent stake in CureVac, based in Tuebingen in southwest Germany. Until now, billionaire Dietmar Hopp — a co-founder of European software giant SAP — had been the major investor, with more than 80 percent of the shares. CureVac’s technology, based on molecules known as “messenger RNA” (mRNA) that are found within the body, offers “great for the

Mothers should breastfeed even if they have coronavirus, WHO says

A mother should breastfeed her newborn baby even if she has a suspected or confirmed case of the new coronavirus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. “Based on the available evidence, WHO’s advice is that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of COVID-19,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing. “Mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged to initiate and continue breastfeeding and not be separated from their infants unless the mother is too unwell,” he said. Tedros noted that evidence suggests children are at lower risk for catching the coronavirus than adults but are at high risk of coming down with diseases and other conditions that

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