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Three Nigerians die of coronavirus in US

The Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, has confirmed the death of three Nigerians from the coronavirus disease in the United States. Okoyen made the announcement in a statement in New York on Saturday evening. He said one of them, a doctor from Abia, contracted the virus while on duty in

Trump warns ‘toughest week’ ahead as global virus deaths top 60,000

US President Donald Trump warned Americans to brace for a “very horrendous” number of coronavirus deaths in the coming days, ahead of a rare speech by Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday aimed at rallying hard-hit Britain. Global deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic have soared past 60,000, with Europe continuing to bear the brunt of the



Eleven die in Colombian coal mine explosion

Eleven people were killed and four injured in an accidental explosion at a Colombian coal mine in Cucunuba, near Bogota, on Saturday, according to the local fire department. The victims were miners who were working despite the health emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Most Colombians are quarantined by government order, but mining is among

Lockdown: Three injured as Police crackdown on Lagos party

Sodiq Oyeleke Three persons were allegedly injured when members of the Nigeria Police Force clamped down on a party in Surulere area of Lagos State. The PUNCH reports that FCT Abuja, Lagos, and Ogun States are currently locked down and residents asked to stay at home to curb the spread of coronavirus. Although the suspects

Man in Russia kills five people for ‘talking loudly’

A man in central Russia shot and killed five people for talking noisily at night under his windows, investigators said Sunday. The shootings took place in the Ryazan region during stay-at-home orders aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. A 32-year-old man from the small town of Yelatma opened fire on a group of

Nigeria risks 91,380 aviation job losses, says IATA

Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The International Air Transport Association says as revenue losses mount in Nigeria, about 91,380 jobs in the nation’s aviation industry are on the line. In a country specific analysis of the effects of COVID-19 on airlines’ operations, IATA said Nigeria would record 3.5 million fewer passengers, resulting in a $ 0.76bn revenue loss, risking

I don’t sing with intention of making profit –Esther Igbekele

Toluwalope Kareem Gospel singer, Esther Igbekele, has said that she does music because of her undying passion for the craft and not about the gains she can derive from it. In an interview with Sunday Scoop, she said “I have passion for music and I sing because it is what I like. I am a



Obono-Obla not in illegal detention –ICPC

Olufemi Atoyebi The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission on Saturday said the commission was not holding the former Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel, Okoi Obono-Obla, in detention arbitrarily. It said due process was followed before and after his arrest. In a statement signed by the commission’s spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, the

We’ve seen suspected cases of COVID-19 — Lagos private hospitals

Angela Onwuzoo As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria rises, with fear that the infection rate could get worse, private healthcare providers in Lagos said they have seen at least five patients with suspected symptoms of the virus in their facilities. According to the health workers, the patients were identified at the entrance

This is not the best of times to die, funeral home operators say as bodies pile up in mortuaries

From one end of Lagos to the other, funeral home operators, casket makers and mortuary attendants have the same story: ‘COVID-19 has locked us out of business,’ ADEBAYO FOLORUNSHO-FRANCIS reports As public and private cemeteries in Lagos suspend burial activities in compliance with the restriction of movement imposed by the Federal Government, there are reports

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