Latest Coronavirus Update For Today, Tuesday, March 17th 2020

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WHO has declared coronavirus a global health emergency (image courtesy: AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI)

Welcome to the coverage of the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) update for today Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, on Concise News.

Lagos Govt Confirms Third Coronavirus Case In Nigeria

The Lagos state government on Tuesday confirmed a third case of coronavirus in the state.

This was disclosed by the state’s commissioner of health, Akin Abayomi, at a press conference in Lagos.

US Volunteers Test First Vaccine

The first human trial of a vaccine to protect against pandemic coronavirus has started in the United States of America, Concise News reports.

According to the Associated Press news agency, four patients received the jab at the Kaiser Permanente research facility in Seattle, Washington.

The vaccine cannot cause Covid-19 but contains a harmless genetic code copied from the virus that causes the disease.

Alibaba Co-Founder Donates 6m Masks, Testing Kits To African Countries

The co-founder of Alibaba, Chinese e-commerce company, Jack Ma, has announced a donation of 1.1 million testing kits and six million masks to fight coronavirus in Africa.

Twenty-seven African countries have recorded cases of COVID-19, the latest being Benin, Liberia, Somalia and Tanzania.

In a statement on Monday, Ma said the world cannot afford the consequences of a COVlD-19 pandemic in Africa.

Coronavirus Kills Nigerian Doctor

The Minister of State for Health, Adeleke Mamora, has disclosed that a Nigerian doctor Olumide Okunuga has died in Canada after contracting coronavirus.

Mamora stated this while speaking to reporters in Abuja on Monday.

The Minister was briefing the media on updates on the COVID-19 situation in the country.

“We must be conscious of not being complacent, the price to pay for complacency is huge. I have heard people say that the black man’s gene is resistant and so COVID-19 is not for us,” he said.

Two Nigerians Arrested In India

Indian authorities have arrested two Nigerians for entering the country illegally from Bangladesh and kept them in the isolation ward of Karimganj civil hospital in south Assam.

It was learned that the Nigerians, Kanu Kingsby, 28 and Chinedu Nangshu (sic), 30, did not have any valid documents and identity cards.

They were travelling in a Agartala-Guwahati night super-bus of Swapna Travels (No.AS 01 JC 8052) at Churaibari, before they were brought to Karimganj civil hospital on Sunday for coronavirus test.

Pastor Adeboye Tells Christians What To Do (Video)

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has advised people to always ‘wash their hands and keep their environment clean’ in order to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Global deaths and infections from the coronavirus have surpassed those inside China (the country most hit by the disease) for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak late last year.

Idris Elba Reveals Coronavirus Test Result

British actor Idris Elma has revealed that he tested positive for the coronavirus, Concise News reports.

Elma made the revelation known in a tweet on Monday.

According to the actor, he has no symptoms but has been isolated.

Keri Hilson Says 5G Network Major Cause Of Coronavirus

American singer Keri Hilson has said that 5G network is the major cause of coronavirus outbreaks across the globe, Concise News reports.

Hilson made the claim in a series of posts in the early hours of Monday.

According to her, the disease has not spread massively in Africa because it is not a 5G region.

“People have been trying to warn us about 5G for YEARS. Petitions, organizations, studies…what we’re going thru is the affects of radiation. 5G launched in CHINA. Nov 1, 2019. People dropped dead. See attached & go to my IG stories for more. TURN OFF 5G by disabling LTE!!!”

Suspected Case Of Coronavirus In Enugu Negative – Govt

The Enugu State Government has confirmed that the suspected case of coronavirus reported in the Southeast state is negative, Concise News reports.

The Ministry of Health permanent secretary in Enugu, Dr. Ifeanyi Agujiobi, said the result from the test carried out at the Irua Specialist Hospital confirmed the status.

Agujiobi said that the result was also corroborated by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Coronavirus: Ghana Shuts Schools

The government of Ghana has ordered the closure of schools and placed a ban on public gatherings including funerals, workshops and other related events, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“All Universities, Senior High Schools, and basic schools, i.e. public and private schools, will be closed Monday, 16th March 2020, till further notice. The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication, has been tasked to roll out distance learning programmes,” the country’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, said.

That’s all for now on the latest coronavirus news on Concise News. Be sure to get more Nigerian news updates on this online news medium.

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John Andah is a fine-grained journalist. He has been a member of the fourth estate for a decade. He loves the smell of a good lead, and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. John was Senior Assistant Editor at Concise News.

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