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Anthony Joshua in self-isolation after contact with Prince Charles who tested positive

World boxing champion, Anthony Joshua has gone into self-isolation after Prince Charles tested positive to coronavirus on Wednesday. Joshua had on March 9 spent some time with the Prince but it is unclear if the prince had contracted the virus by then or not.  According to Joshua’s spokesman, the heavyweight champion remains ‘fit and healthy’ …

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Domestic airlines set to suspend flights operations in Nigeria over COVID 19

Virtually all domestic airlines in Nigeria have agreed to suspend their flight operations by midnight of Friday, 27th March as part of efforts to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. The latest of the airlines are Arik Air and Dana Air. Air Peace, Aero Contractors and other airlines had earlier on Tuesday announced that with …

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Governments deploy tough measures as East Africa Records Surge in Coronavirus Infections

East Africa countries continue to register a surge in the number of people affected by coronavirus as the pandemic continues to cause havoc across the globe. Besides Kenya, across the border, Uganda registered its first case on Sunday, while the number of those infected in Rwanda and Ethiopia have already hit the double-digit figure. As …

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COVID-19: Lagos announces closure of markets

The Governor of Nigeria’s economic nerve centre, Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the closure of all markets not selling essential commodities such as medical supplies, water, foodstuff amongst others.  The closure, which is effective Thursday, March 26, is not unconnected to efforts to curtail the community transmission of coronavirus. Out of the 42 confirmed cases …

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Panic among Nigerian government officials as State Governor, Top Presidential aide test positive for coronavirus

The Governor of Bauchi State in North Eastern Nigeria, Bala Mohammed and the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari has tested positive for coronavirus Abba Kyari just came back from Germany about 10 days ago after leading a federal government delegation to a business conference in Germany, The Senior Special Assistant to the Bauchi …

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COVID 19: All AMVCA attendees to go into self-isolation over exposure

This might not be exciting to those who attended the last Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award in Lagos and indeed Nigeria’s entertainment world. The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi said last Tuesday that all participants at the recently held Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award have been exposed to few confirmed cases of …

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COVID-19 expands business for Netflix as lockdown boost online entertainment

With many cities worldwide under lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Netflix chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, has said the company has witnessed a surge in online viewership. Sarandos told Brian Stelter on CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ that the novel coronavirus has caused a “massive disruption” in the global entertainment industry. “It’s been a massive …

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Jack Ma, Alibaba Foundations donate COVID-19 Medical Equipment to African Union

Africa’s response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak received a boost as the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the Government of Ethiopia received a consignment of medical equipment from the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations based in China. The shipment included over 1.5 million laboratory diagnostic test kits and over …

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