Showing posts with label world news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label world news. Show all posts

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Minister Commits Suicide Over Coronavirus

Minister Commits Suicide Over Coronavirus

A 54-year-old German finance minister of Germany’s Hesse state, Thomas Schaefer, has committed suicide apparently after becoming “deeply worried” over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus.

Minister Commits Suicide Over Coronavirus

According to state premier Volker Bouffier on Sunday, Schaefer, was found dead near a railway track on Saturday.

However, the Wiesbaden prosecution’s office said they believe he died by suicide.

Bouffier said in a recorded statement;

We are in shock, we are in disbelief and above all we are immensely sad.

Before his death, Hesse was a home to Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt, where major lenders like Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank have their headquarters. The European Central Bank is also located in Frankfurt.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

US Announces N2.6 Billion Emergency Health Aid To Nigeria

US Announces N2.6 Billion Emergency Health Aid To Nigeria

Nigeria as of Saturday had a total of 81 confirmed cases and one death from COVID-19, whose global infection and fatality figures stood at no fewer than half a million and 26,000 respectively.

US Announces N2.6 Billion Emergency Health Aid To Nigeria

As part of a 274 million dollars (N103 billion) assistance package to no fewer than 63 countries affected by the disease, according to a statement by the Department of States on Friday.

The United States Government has announced a 7 million dollars (about N2.6 billion) emergency health and humanitarian aid to Nigeria amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The statement said, Nigeria’s share, will go into funding of “risk communication, water and sanitation activities, infection prevention, and coordination’’.

It said;

This assistance joins more than 5.2 billion dollars (N1.9 trillion) in U.S. health assistance and more than 8.1 billion dollars (N3trillion) in total assistance for Nigeria over the past 20 years.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Apply For Visas - US Asks Doctors, Nurses Around The World

Apply For Visas - US Asks Doctors, Nurses Around The World

Following announcement of World Health Organisation statistics as of 12:00 pm on Friday, which 63,570 people have been infected with coronavirus and nearly 884 have died in the US which is quickly becoming the new epicenter of the outbreak.

Apply For Visas - US Asks Doctors, Nurses Around The World

In the midst of the increasing cases of the virus, the United States has asked medical professionals seeking to work in America to apply for a work visa at the nearest US Embassy as part of measures to strengthen the health system to contain the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

According to the government, in a statement published on www.travel.state.gov on Friday, it advised foreign medical professionals already in the US to consult with their sponsors to extend their programmes.

The statement read;

We encourage medical professionals seeking to work in the United States on a work or exchange visitor, particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19, to reach out to the nearest embassy or consulate to request a visa appointment.

For those foreign medical professionals already in the United States:

J-1 Alien Physicians (medical residents) may consult with their programme sponsor, ECFMG, to extend their programmes in the United States. Generally, a J-1 program for a foreign medical resident can be extended one year at a time for up to seven years.

The statement, also noted that the expiration date on a US visa did not determine how long one can be in the United States.
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JUST IN: UK PM, Boris Johnson Tests Positive For Coronavirus

JUST IN: UK PM, Boris Johnson Tests Positive For Coronavirus

As World Health Organisation statistics as of 12:00 pm on Friday, there are 9,533 confirmed coronavirus cases and 463 deaths in the UK.

JUST IN: UK PM, Boris Johnson Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Boris Johnson, United Kingdom Prime Minister, has tested positive for coronavirus.

He tweeted on Friday,

Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.

I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.

Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives.

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See tweet;
U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surpass Those of China, Italy

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surpass Those of China, Italy

In a latest report, the US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country, with more than 85,500 positive tests.

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surpass Those of China, Italy

The US has overtaken China, 81,782 cases, and Italy, 80,589, according to the latest figures collated by Johns Hopkins University.

Though the US is behind China with almost 1,300 Covid-19-related fatalities, with China having 3,291, and Italy 8,215.

This is becoming as President Donald Trump predicted the nation would get back to work "pretty quickly".


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Italian Nurse Commit Suicide After Testing Positive For Coronavirus And Worrying She Had Infected Others

Italian Nurse Commit Suicide After Testing Positive For Coronavirus And Worrying She Had Infected Others

A 35-year-old Italian nurse, Daniela Trezzi who was working on the front line of the coronavirus crisis at a hospital in Lombardy, commit suicide after testing positive for coronavirus and fearing she had infected others.

Italian Nurse Commit Suicide After Testing Positive For Coronavirus And Worrying She Had Infected Others

After confirming the her death, the National Federation of Nurses of Italy expressed its 'pain and dismay' in a statement last night.

According to them, the nurse had been suffering 'heavy stress' because she feared she was spreading the virus while trying to bring the crisis under control. 

The body added that medical workers were suffering 'heavy stress' from the coronavirus crisis.

The sad incidence is coming as Italy's death toll surged again yesterday with 743 new fatalities recorded in one day, dampening hopes that the tide was starting to turn.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

UN Ranks Nigeria World’s 39th Unhappiest Country

UN Ranks Nigeria World’s 39th Unhappiest Country

The World Happiness Report is an annual survey by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, which examines the state of global happiness in countries.

UN Ranks Nigeria World’s 39th Unhappiest Country

UN’s annual International Day of Happiness, which ranked 153 countries, was released on Friday, March 20.

However, Nigeria was ranked as the 39th unhappiest nation in 2020 World Happiness Report, by the United Nations.

See report ranking;

UN Ranks Nigeria World’s 39th Unhappiest Country

African countries that ranked happier than Nigeria are Morocco, Cameroon, Algeria, Senegal, Guinea, Niger, Gabon, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Mali, Ivory Coast, Benin, Congo and Ghana.
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Meanwhile, according to the report, the top 20 world’s happiest countries are Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria, Luxembourg, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Israel, Costa Rica, Ireland, Germany, United States, Czech Republic, and Belgium.

Part of the report read;

African countries will double in population by 2050 and more than 80 per cent of that increase will occur in cities. Africa’s largest city, Lagos, Nigeria is predicted to expand by 77 people every hour between now and 2030.

By 2025 there will be 100 African cities with more than one million inhabitants, twice as many as in Latin America. Already 70 per cent of Africans are under 30 years old, accounting for about 20 per cent of the population, 40 per cent of the workforce, and 60 per cent of the unemployed.

It seems that Sub-Saharan Africa is not prepared for its urban expansion and many African governments are trying to limit rural-urban migration.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

COVID19: FDA Chief Disagrees With Trump, Chloroquine Has Not Been Approved

COVID19: FDA Chief Disagrees With Trump, Chloroquine Has Not Been Approved

Following reports that, the United State President, Donald Trump has approved chloroquine for treatment of Coronavirus.

COVID19: FDA Chief Disagrees With Trump, Chloroquine Has Not Been Approved

The Food and Drug Administration, FDA, Thursday disagreed with President Donald Trump, noting that ‘chloroquine’ was never approved for use with Covid-19 patients.
ALSIO REDA: COVID19: FDA Chief Disagrees With Trump, Chloroquine Has Not Been Approved
While speaking at a press conference, FDA chief Stephen Hahn said it was only for use in trials at the moment.
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Despite a claim early in Thursday’s White House briefing on the pandemic by President Donald Trump that one proposed treatment, anti-malarial chloroquine, had already been approved by the FDA for COVID-19 treatment.

Hahn said that in fact the agency is currently looking at widespread clinical trials of the drug, but it is not yet approved for that use.

He said;

In the short term, we’re looking at drugs that are already approved for other indications.

Many Americans have read studies and heard media reports about this drug chloroquine, which is an anti-malarial drug. It’s already approved, as the president said, for the treatment of malaria as well as an arthritis condition.

That’s a drug that the president has directed us to take a closer look at, as to whether an expanded use approach to that could be done to actually see if that benefits patients. And again, we want to do that in the setting of a clinical trial, a large pragmatic clinical trial to actually gather that information and answer the question that needs to be answered.
VIDEO: Trump Approves Chloroquine For Treatment Of Coronavirus

VIDEO: Trump Approves Chloroquine For Treatment Of Coronavirus

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States keeps jumping each day by the hundreds, pushing health care officials and political leaders to take steps to keep the pandemic from overwhelming the system.

VIDEO: Trump Approves Chloroquine For Treatment Of Coronavirus

As the US death toll grew to almost 150, states are ordering more shutdowns.

Hospital employees are making their own face masks or sometimes using them twice.

And doctors are begging the public to keep their distance from others.

The United State President, Donald Trump has approved chloroquine for treatment of Coronavirus.

While speaking at a press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump said the Chloroquine was approved as a test-treatment for COVID-19 by the Food and Drug Administration.

Chloroquine is a drug used to treat malaria and severe arthritis.

Watch video here;


As the world is fighting to curb the spread of COVID-19, the deadly virus recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) has killed over 6,000 people with over 162,000 cases in more than 50 countries.


Wake Up And Prepare For Worst – WHO Warns Africa Over Coronavirus

Wake Up And Prepare For Worst – WHO Warns Africa Over Coronavirus

As the African continent is so far the least-affected region in a global coronavirus pandemic, 233 cases of the deadly virus has been registered in Africa and still counting. 

Wake Up And Prepare For Worst – WHO Warns Africa Over Coronavirus

African countries have been warned by the World Health Organization, WHO, to prepare for the worst as coronavirus cases increase in the continent.

While on Wednesday in a virtual news conference, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said Africa needs to wake up as official numbers of COVID-19 cases do not likely reflect the full picture.

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The WHO director warned that numbers of positive cases could scale up quickly if care is not taken.

Tedros said;

Till date more than 200,000 people have been and more than 8,000 killed with Africa as the least affected.

Africa should wake up,Probably we have undetected cases or unreported cases.

Even if there truly were no more than 233 cases of the disease in Africa, he warned that that number could scale up quickly.

In other countries, we have seen how the virus actually accelerates after a certain tipping point, so the best advice for Africa is to prepare for the worst and prepare today

WHO’s recommendation is actually that mass gatherings should be avoided.