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NIGERIA NEWS
Coronavirus: National lockdown decision looms, govt protests Chinese racism
Africa News, 10 April 2020
Could Nigeria declare a nationwide lockdown? That is one key issue that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 will be discussing with president Buhari later today. The Task Force led by the Secretary-General to the Federation said it had collected data to that effect at a press briefing on Thursday.
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Nigeria confirms 12 new Lassa Fever cases, total now 963
Punch, 09 April 2020
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has announced that the total number of confirmed Lassa fever cases has increased to 963 in 2020. It said 12 new cases were recorded between March 30 and April 5, 2020.
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“Don’t lift the ban on public gatherings” Health Sector Reform Coalition
Signature TV, 10 April 2020
The Health Sector Reform Coalition (HSRC) has called on state governors not to lift the ban on public gatherings  including markets, churches and mosques.
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Isolation centre doctors, others lament N30m unpaid allowances
Punch, 08 April 2020
Doctors treating the over 40 COVID-19 patients at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, have complained about the failure of the Federal Government to pay them their allowances,
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I never knew Nigeria’s healthcare infrastructure was in such bad state – SGF
Premium Times, 10 April 2020
Mr Mustapha, who is also the chairman of the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19, said he realised how bad it was, after he was appointed to head the team. He made this known during a meeting with the leadership of the national assembly on Thursday.
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Chinese Experts: NMA tells members to be wary of uncertified PPEs
Vanguard, 10 April 2020
The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA on Thursday, reaffirmed its position concerning the arrival of   Chinese experts in Nigeria, calling on health professionals in Nigeria to be wary of what they described as ‘uncertified Personal Protective Equipment’, PPE,  from China.
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Health Minister says he’s not aware if Nigerian doctors are paid hazard allowance for COVID-19
Vanguard, 10 April 2020
The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire says he is not aware if medical doctors and other health practitioners managing COVID-19 patients in Nigeria are paid any hazard allowance.
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COVID-19: FG pledges proper distribution of medical supplies from China
Vanguard, 09 April 2020
The Federal Government will ensure proper distribution of the medical supplies brought by the team from China, in the fight to contain the spread of Coronavirus( COVID-19).
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COVID-19 death: 12 LUTH staff under surveillance, 3 in isolation — CMAC
Vanguard, 07 April 2020
The Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, CMAC, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Prof, Wasiu Adeyemo on Tuesday, disclosed that 12 staff of the hospital were under surveillance and three on isolation following the death of a COVID-19 patient who hid his travel and medical history from the hospital last week.
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Nigeria seeks $6.9bn from lenders to fund coronavirus fight
Aljazeera, 06 April 2020
Nigeria is requesting $6.9bn from multilateral lenders to combat the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Africa's biggest economy, the finance minister said on Monday.
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GLOBAL NEWS
World Bank pandemic bond instrument fails in COVID-19 response
Bretton Woods Project, 07 April 2020
The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is once again challenging the effectiveness of the World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF).
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Two COVID-19 tests listed for emergency use
WHO, 10 April 2020
WHO has listed the first two diagnostic tests for emergency use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The move should help increase access to quality-assured, accurate tests for the disease.
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Virus could push half a billion people into poverty
BBC, 09 April 2020
The economic fallout from coronavirus could increase global poverty by up to half a billion, Oxfam has warned. Using research by the Australian National University (ANU) and Kings College, London, the charity says it will be the first time poverty has risen globally in 30 years.
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5G mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19
WHO, 10 April 2020
Viruses cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks. COVID-19 is spreading in many countries that do not have 5G mobile networks.
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How Covid-19 pandemic has thrust China to apex of global leadership
Daily Nation, 06 April 2020
China’s decisive leadership leveraged the power of artificial intelligence, super computers and a surveillance system that integrates street cameras, social media and mobile money platforms.
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World Health Worker Week - Amid a Global Pandemic, We Must Celebrate "Leaders On the Front Line"
All Africa, 08 April 2020
During World Health Worker Week 2020 (5-11 April), the African Development Bank joins the global community to celebrate and recognise the contributions of health workers, including nurses and midwives, on the frontlines of the ongoing international response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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On World Health Day, new report says the world needs 6 million more nurses
WE Forum, 07 April 2020
As global health systems creak under the strain of the coronavirus, a new report shows there are not enough nurses to meet global development goals on health – even without a global pandemic.
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ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
'Death on an appalling scale’ – David Miliband on the threat of COVID-19 to refugees
WE Forum, 09 April 2020
As COVID-19 cases begin to rise among the world’s most vulnerable populations – the poor and displaced, people living in crowded refugee camps – time is running out to prevent the pandemic overwhelming parts of the developing world.
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COVID-19 sparked an economic crisis ‘like no other’ – but these measures can help now: WHO, IMF
European Sting, 05 April 2020
Lockdowns around the world have placed the world’s economies at a standstill, slowing the virus’ spread, but enacting a heavy economic toll.
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Countries with universal health coverage have fared better in fighting COVID-19
Business Insider, 09 April 2020
Today there is an eerie silence across the globe...
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Q&A: Global EU response to the coronavirus pandemic
European Commission, 08 April 2020
Is the EU pledging any new money? Will it use the reserve of the European Development Fund?
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Unarmed at the frontline: The plight of health workers fighting COVID-19
New Vision, 08 April 2020
The outbreak of COVID-19 in China, around November 2019 is perhaps one of the greatest tests to governments, health systems, the global health workforce and communities anywhere in the world in our generation.
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UPDATES AND EVENTS
Celebrating World Chagas Disease Day for the first time in 2020
WHO, 10 April 2020
For the first time, the global community is celebrating World Chagas Disease Day on 14 April. Once endemic in Latin American countries, Chagas disease is now present in many others, making it a global health problem. Raising awareness and the profile of this neglected tropical disease, which is often diagnosed in its late stages, is essential to improve the rates of early treatment and cure, together with the interruption of its transmission.
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Whatever you can give counts
WHO, 10 April 2020
Individuals and organizations who want to help fight the pandemic and support WHO and partners can now donate through the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO.
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'One World: Together at home'
WHO, 10 April 2020
International advocacy organization Global Citizen and WHO announced the One World: Together At Home - a globally televised and streamed special in support of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be broadcast live on Saturday, 18 April 2020. Tune in!
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You have questions? We have answers!
WHO, 03 April 2020
Do you have questions about COVID-19? Open the link and text "Hi" to the WhatsApp number. We will answer! 
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