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1.4.20

70% of Coronavirus positive Patients are males - Health Minister

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70% of Coronavirus positive Patients are males - Health Minister
Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria's Minster of Health, has revealed that out of the 2,000 persons that have been tested for the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), 70 percent are males.

According to Ehanire, the age range of infected people so far was between 30 and 60 years but all age brackets could be infected by the viral disease.

Speaking on Wednesday at the Presidential Task Force Briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja,  Ehanire also revealed that the country had increased the number of isolation centres and ICU units across the country while two new laboratories have been added to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) network of molecular laboratories for COVID-19 - one in Ebonyi and one in Oyo.
                                         
 “As of now, over 2000 persons have been tested. We are expanding our diagnostic capacity to test across the country. This is expected to improve turnaround time and enhance timely access to testing. ' Dr Ehanire said.

“About 70 percent of those who have tested positive are males. The age range is between 30 and 60 years. However, we must note that both men and women of all ages can be affected

“As of today, the 1st of April 2020, we have recorded 151 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria. 82 are in Lagos, 28 in FCT, 8 in Oyo, 14 in Osun, 4 each in Ogun and Edo, 3 in Kaduna, 2 each in Bauchi, Ekiti and Enugu and 1 each in Benue, and Rivers States.

“Some vehicles were intercepted trying to enter Nigeria from Benin Republic, with over 100 Nigerians onboard, heading for Osun State. It is said that they were coming from Ivory Coast or Ghana, I am not quite sure.

“It is among this group that we have 12 immediate new entrants, that is, imported cases which added to the 139 we have. Therefore, we have 151 cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.

“It shows the importance of importation and also border closure. In this case, they are our citizens and they are knocking at the door of our borders and they have to be let in. But if they were not our citizens, definitely, we will have a problem having to handle infected persons of other nationalities.

“Till date, nine (9) persons have been discharged and two deaths recorded from COVID-19 in Nigeria. These were cases with severe underlying illnesses aggravated by their COVID-19 infection.

“Between last week and this week, two new laboratories have been added to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) network of molecular laboratories for COVID-19. These are Virology Laboratory of University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State and Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA), Ebonyi State.
70% of Coronavirus positive Patients are males - Health Minister
“With this addition, we have increased our daily testing capacity from five hundred to one thousand. Hopefully, by next week, it is expected that this will be significantly increased.

“From what we know, the incubation period for COVID-19 is generally 2-14 days, that is, the time it takes for an infected person to show symptoms. Therefore, we are using the window of opportunity presented by the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States to promptly detect, isolate and effectively treat cases.

“It is important to emphasize that there are no Rapid Diagnostic Tests available that have been validated by the World Health Organization, (WHO), because they often give unreliable results.

“Unless you have been tested in one of the seven molecular laboratories for COVID-19 in Nigeria, your results are most likely useless. In the absence of a vaccine, interventions such as social distancing and self-isolation have become even more important to curbing the spread of the disease”.

He added: “With nearly 1,000 bed spaces identified in the FCT, we continue to expand the number of isolation centres and ICU units across the country for those who may have severe complications from the disease due to being immunocompromised. This includes elderly people above the age of 70 or those with critical underlying health conditions such as cancer, tuberculosis and HIV.

“Several States have also identified and established isolation centres for treatment of mild and moderate cases. Lagos State has expanded its isolation wards and surge capacity. Yesterday, the Ogun State Governor commissioned isolation centres of over 200 bed capacity in the State.

“I urge states to urgently prioritize identification of these within their states particularly tertiary hospitals.

“We have also engaged hundreds of ad-hoc staff to support various areas of response and Port Health Authority staff previously stationed at the airports have been redeployed to key roads that serve at key entry and exit points”.

One Turkish doctor dies, over 600 health workers infected

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One Turkish doctor dies, over 600 health workers infected
A Turkish doctor died and more than 600 healthcare workers have been infected with the novel coronavirus, the health minister announced on Wednesday, without disguising his grief over the worsening situation.
“The number of our doctor friends, nurses or other healthcare personnel affected by the novel coronavirus is high. This figure, which I reluctantly announce, is 601,” Minister Fahrettin Koca told a news conference, with a voice on the verge of crying.
One of the doctors involved in the fight against the pandemic died Wednesday after having contracted COVID-19, his son announced on Twitter.
That was the first known death of a doctor in Turkey from coronavirus.
Koca said 2,148 people had tested positive for coronavirus and 63 had died in the past 24 hours, a sharp increase pushing the death toll to 277.
Turkey has thus far recorded a total of 15,679 cases, he added.
The health minister for the first time provided the breakdown of the cases by region.
More than half of the total cases in Turkey were recorded in Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul, where 117 deaths and 8,852 cases were registered.
It was followed by the major western city of Izmir and the capital Ankara.
Turkey has taken a series of measures to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus from closing schools, quarantining around 50 towns and areas and imposing curfew for elderly people aged over 65.

China’s coronavirus toll numbers are fake and under reported - US intel

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China’s coronavirus toll numbers are fake and under reported - US intel
China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials.
The officials asked not to be identified because the report is secret and declined to detail its contents. But the thrust, they said, is that China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete. Two of the officials said the report concludes that China’s numbers are fake.
The report was received by the White House last week, one of the officials said.
The outbreak began in China’s Hubei province in late 2019, but the country has publicly reported only about 82,000 cases and 3,300 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That compares to more than 189,000 cases and more than 4,000 deaths in the U.S., which has the largest publicly reported outbreak in the world.
Communications staff at the White House and the Chinese embassy in Washington didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
While China eventually imposed a strict lockdown beyond those of less autocratic nations, there has been considerable scepticism of China’s reported numbers, both outside and within the country. The Chinese government has repeatedly revised its methodology for counting cases, for weeks excluding people without symptoms entirely, and only on Tuesday added more than 1,500 asymptomatic cases to its total.
Stacks of thousands of urns outside funeral homes in Hubei province have driven public doubt in Beijing’s reporting.
Deborah Birx, the State Department immunologist advising the White House on its response to the outbreak, said Tuesday that China’s public reporting influenced assumptions elsewhere in the world about the nature of the virus.
“The medical community made — interpreted the Chinese data as: This was serious but smaller than anyone expected,” she said at a news conference on Tuesday. “Because I think probably we were missing a significant amount of the data, now that what we see happened to Italy and see what happened to Spain.”
China is not the only country with suspect public reporting. Western officials have pointed to Iran, Russia, Indonesia and especially North Korea, which has not reported a single case of the disease, as probable under-counts. Others including Saudi Arabia and Egypt may also be playing down their numbers.
U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has publicly urged China and other nations to be transparent about their outbreaks. He has repeatedly accused China of covering up the extent of the problem and being slow to share information, especially in the weeks after the virus first emerged, and blocking offers of help from American experts.
“This data set matters,” he said at a news conference in Washington on Tuesday. The development of medical therapies and public-health measures to combat the virus “so that we can save lives depends on the ability to have confidence and information about what has actually transpired,” he said.
“I would urge every nation: Do your best to collect the data. Do your best to share that information,” he said. “We’re doing that.”

Coronavirus: Wimbledon 2020 cancelled for the first time since World War II

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Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since the Second World War due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


The tough decision was made by all the England Club chiefs at an emergency board meeting on Wednesday, where they decided that it will be impossible for the tournament to be moved back to later in the year, or to be played without fans.

The Wimbledon was initially due to start on 29 June, to late July.

A statement on the Wimbledon website said: “It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021.


“Uppermost in our mind has been the health and safety of all of those who come together to make Wimbledon happen – the public in the UK and visitors from around the world, our players, guests, members, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and local residents – as well as our broader responsibility to society’s efforts to tackle this global challenge to our way of life.”

The club added: “It is the Committee of Management’s view that cancellation of The Championships is the best decision in the interests of public health, and that being able to provide certainty by taking this decision now, rather than in several weeks, is important for everyone involved in tennis and The Championships. Members of the public who paid for tickets in the Wimbledon Public Ballot for this year’s Championships will have their tickets refunded and will be offered the chance to purchase tickets for the same day and court for The Championships 2021. We will be communicating directly with all ticket-holders.”

It is the first time since 1945 – the final year of the Second World War there will be no Grand Slam event in SW19.

Coronavirus has already claimed 1,789 lives in the UK, with over 25,150 cases.

Global coronavirus cases nearing a million people tested positive

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Global coronavirus cases nearing a million, 912,650 people test positive
A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 46,000 people around the world, including at least 4,516 people in the United States.

Globally, about 930,819 people have been diagnosed with the new respiratory virus, which causes an illness known officially as COVID-19. About 193,750 of those patients have recovered, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
The US has by far the highest national tally in the world with over 200,000 confirmed cases.
Global coronavirus cases nearing a million people tested positive

 (ABC News, Worldometers)

Asian Coronavirus survivor treated in Nigeria, speaks after being discharged

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Asian Coronavirus survivor treated in Lagos, speaks after being discharged
An Asian man who was treated in an isolation centre in Lagos after he tested positive for Coronavirus has spoken out after being discharged.

He said he and a friend came from UK into Lagos, Nigeria. Since a lot of countries were closing their borders, he said they decided to "pause" in Lagos.

He tested positive for Coronavirus in Lagos and was treated at the Isolation Center in the state.

He expressed his appreciation to the government of Lagos State for having a good recovery hospital and added that he's recovered fully.

Watch the video below.

23 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by NCDC, Toll 174

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23 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by NCDC, Toll 174
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 23 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, according to an update Wednesday night.
Of the Twenty-three, 9 are in Lagos, 7 in the FCT, 5 in Akwa Ibom, 1 in Kaduna and 1 in Bauchi State
“As at 08:00 pm 1st April, there are 174 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Nine have been discharged with two deaths,” the NCDC tweeted.
Nigeria now has 174 total confirmed cases of the virus, nine of which have been discharged, and two deaths.
A breakdown of state by cases as it currently stands, according to the NCDC, is as follows:
Lagos- 91
FCT- 35
Osun- 14
Oyo- 8
Ogun- 4
Edo- 4
Kaduna- 4
Bauchi- 3
Enugu- 2
Ekiti- 2
Rivers-1
Benue- 1
Akwa Ibom- 5

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