Tanzania’s virus surge dents claims of prayer ‘cure’

“‘COVID-19 is killing people and we see a lot of cases but we cannot talk about the disease,’ said a doctor in a public hospital in Tanzania’s biggest city Dar es Salaam, who like many asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.”

via Vanguard

Coronavirus: Five countries block flights from South Africa

South African scientists last week confirmed that the new variant could see more people infected in the country’s second wave than in the initial surge… While it is still unclear whether it is more deadly, it appears to be spreading faster and parts of the Eastern and Western Cape provinces are facing strict lockdown restrictions. Israel, Turkey, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland have all barred air travel to and from South Africa.”

via Vanguard

COVID-19 has complicated efforts at ending TB (Nigeria)

“Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said that efforts at ending Tuberculosis are now complicated because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The President has called on the international community to act in unison with rededicated efforts, using the latest available technology and tools, to address the TB epidemic, one of the leading causes of death worldwide.”

via Vanguard

Nigeria: COVID-19 pushes households further below poverty line

“There are indications that the coronavirus pandemic has pushed households further below the poverty line, due to the increase in unemployment rate resulting from the impact of the pandemic.”

via Vanguard

US terminates COVID-19 cash transfer to Uganda’s poor

“The USAID has terminated its COVID-19 cash transfer programme in Uganda. The decision followed the Ugandan government’s indefinite suspension of GiveDirectly, a non-profit organisation that was conducting the programme.”

via Vanguard

Cinemas in Nigeria seek Federal Gov’t’s assistance for COVID-19 recovery

“Nigeria’s cinema industry has urged the Federal Government to fulfil its promise of assisting the sector to fully recover from COVID-19 setbacks.”

via Vanguard

Population of extremely poor persons in Nigeria hits 102m

“NECA’s report says that the number of citizens in extreme poverty now stands at an estimated 102 million, representing 50 per cent of the Nigeria’s estimated population of about 205 million, as against the 40 per cent reported by NBS in October last year.”

via Vanguard

COVID-19 increased Nigerians’ health awareness

“A health and wellness expert, Ms Chiamaka Oragwu, said that COVID-19 increased people’s awareness about their health and the need to stay healthy. ‘Before COVID-19, a lot of people were ignorant about their health, but when the virus came with intensity, people began to buy fruits and vegetables,’ Oragwu says.”

via Vanguard

COVID-19: Do not drop your guard, experts caution Nigerians

“Nigerians have been admonished not to drop their guard and become complacent because of the gradual drop in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection being recorded in the country.”

via Vanguard

Decline in COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu orders phased reopening of primary, secondary schools from Monday (Nigeria)

“As Lagos recorded a decline in cases of COVID-19, the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu, ordered that pre-primary schools in the state are to remain closed while other private and public primary schools are to reopen in phases commencing from Monday, September 21st.”

via Vanguard