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FG reduces 2020 budget over Coronavirus pandemic

The federal government has reduced the 2020 budget following the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the economic activities of the country.  In a new proposal sent to the National Assembly by the federal government, the 2020 budget was reduced from N10.594 trillion to N10.276 trillion.

Katsina govt. has lifted ban on Friday prayers

The Katsina State Government has lifted a ban on Friday prayers, following a stakeholders meeting with religious leaders, traditional rulers and security agencies. In a statement released by the Secretary to the State Government Dr. Mustapha Inuwa, Imams were admonished to avoid prolonged sermons in order to discharge their followers within short period.

NMA says Chinese doctors can’t attend to their patients

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) have announced that they won’t be allowing the Chinese doctors who just arrived the country to help in the fight against Coronavirus, to touch any of their patients.

According to the associations, it will be unethical and illegal to allow the 15-man Chinese medical team who have specialties in infectious disease, respiratory illness, intensive care, cardiology, neurology, general surgery and anesthesiology to touch or attend to any of their patients.

Falana tells  CJN to address urgent cases via Skype and Zoom

Human rights activist, Femi Falana has advised the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad to direct Judges to listen to “urgent cases” via Skype and Zoom, following the lockdown order issued by state governments and the federal government after the outbreak of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

Falana said the National Judicial Council (NJC) ought to review the suspension of court sittings to enable them attend to urgent matters, since the federal government has relaxed the lockdown by allowing markets, shops and stalls selling food and groceries to open to customers between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm daily.

WHO reports that Africa now has over 10,000 Coronavirus cases

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa says there are now over 10,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, with over 500 deaths reported in 52 out of 54 African countries.

The organization gave the update via its official twitter account on yesterday. “There are over 10,000 COVID-19 cases reported across 52 countries in Africa; initially, mainly confined to capital cities, a significant number of countries in Africa are now reporting cases in multiple provinces,’’ it stated.

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