Latest Coronavirus Update For Today, Saturday, March 28th, 2020


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 Saturday, March 28th, 2020, on Concise News.

Kaduna State Governor El-Rufai Contracts Coronavirus (Video)

Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai has tested positive for the coronavirus pandemic, the government of Kaduna state, northwest Nigeria, announced Saturday evening.

“Malam Nasir @elrufai has disclosed that he has tested positive for Covid-19. He is in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for a someone that is not showing symptoms,” a tweeted on the Kaduna government’s known handle read.

Garba Shehu’s Test Result Revealed

President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide Garba Shehu says he has tested negative for the coronavirus pandemic.

Concise News reports that Shehu made this known on Saturday via his known Twitter handle.

“I think it is only fair that I ease the fears of my friends and relations with whom I made recent contacts about the coronavirus. Fake news media had said all sorts of rubbish about me and the President I work for,” he tweeted.

“My test proved negative for the virus. Alhamdu Lillah!”

Nigeria’s Coronavirus Cases Rise To 89

Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, on Saturday afternoon confirmed eight new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“8 new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria, 7 in Lagos and 1 in Benue State,” the NCDC tweeted.

“As at 04:00 pm 28th March there are 89 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with 1 death.”

Coronavirus Latest: Buhari Briefed By Health Minister, NCDC Boss (Video)

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, at the State House, according to a video posted by the Presidency Saturday.

The minister and the NCDC boss were said to have briefed Buhari on their efforts as regards preventing the spread of COVID-19 outbreak across Nigeria.

Nigeria’s Ministers Donate 50% Of March Salary To Support COVID-19 Combat

Nigeria’s 43 Ministers have donated 50% of their March 2020 salaries to support Federal Government’s efforts towards combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, Nigeria has recorded 81 cases with one death and three discharged.

According to a statement in Abuja on Saturday, the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, will coordinate the donation.

Sanwo-Olu Speaks On Imposing Curfew In Lagos State

The governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that curfew has not been declared in the state in reaction to coronavirus outbreak.

The idea to impose a curfew so as to allow for the fumigation of public spaces was dropped by the governor who revealed that the disinfectant used in the exercise was non-toxic.

Sanwo-Olu also announced the commencement of the exercise after revealing that the state has acquired the disinfecting machines.

Coronavirus In Africa: See Number Of Confirmed Cases So Far

More cases and fatalities have been recorded across the globe as African countries and other parts of the world grapples with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Concise News understands that Italy has recorded more than 9,000 deaths from the virus, more than anywhere else in the world, followed by Spain at 5,138 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins tally. Click to report full report.

China Donates Medical Equipment To Nigeria

The government of China has donated a medical items to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support the fight against coronavirus in Nigeria.

Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhuo Pingjian, while delivering the medical items at the ministry in Abuja, said the outbreak of COVID-19 had posed threats to people’s health and security of lives globally.

He said it had become important for the international community to strengthen confidence, act in unity and work together in collective response against the spread of the disease.

US Set To Evacuate Citizens From Nigeria

The United States government says it is preparing emergency flights to evacuate its citizens from Nigeria despite airport closures in the African country. The US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria made this known in a notice on Friday evening entitled ‘Health Alert: US Mission in Nigeria’ advised American citizens to be in Abuja and Lagos “as soon as possible” to join the arranged flights back to the US.

Coronavirus Cases In Nigeria Climb To 81 As Lagos Considers Lockdown

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Friday night confirmed 11 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Lagos, Enugu and Edo states, bringing the total number of cases to 81.

Concise News reports that while eight of the new cases are in Lagos, two and one were reported in Enugu and Edo respectively.

“11 new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: 8 in Lagos, 2 in Enugu & 1 in Edo State,” the health agency tweeted.

Davido’s Fiancee Chioma Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Chioma Rowland, the fiancee of award-winning singer and DMW boss, Davido, has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

This was announced in an Instagram post by Davido, who recently returned from the United States.

According to the singer, himself, Chioma, their son and 31 others ran tests but only his fiancee came out positive.

Nigeria’s Coronavirus Cases Go Up

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Friday evening confirmed five new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Abuja and Oyo state.

With this development, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria is 70.

“Five new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: Three in FCT and two in Oyo State,” the NCDC tweeted.

Coronavirus: Nigeria May Slide Into Recession – Finance Minister

Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has warned that the country may slide into recession if coronavirus pandemic lasted more than six months.

She made this known while speaking in an interview on Channels Television on Friday.

Ahmed said, “We are being hopeful that this COVID-19 pandemic will be limited in time.

“If it is an average of three months, we should be able to close the year with positive growth. But if it goes longer than six months, Nigeria will go into recession.”

Lagos Shutdown Imminent – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Friday said a total shutdown of Nigeria’s commercial centre over the outbreak of coronavirus was imminent.

Concise News reports that Lagos has recorded more than half of the 70 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

And Sanwo-Olu, in a live broadcast, said the state government was moving in the direction of total shutdown once a particular figure was arrived at, but he did not disclose the figure.

Oshiomhole’s Tests Result Revealed

National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has tested negative to coronavirus, the party announced Friday.

“The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has tested negative to coronavirus,” APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said in a statement.

“Following fears, he could have physically interacted with person(s) who tested positive to the coronavirus, Oshiomhole presented himself for a test on Thursday and it has just been confirmed that the result returned negative.”

Obasanjo Makes Vital Donation In Ogun State

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has donated his former residence at the Presidential Hilltop, Abeokuta, Ogun State, for use as an Isolation Centre for victims of coronavirus.

As of now, Africa’s most populous nation has confirmed 70 cases with Ogun, Obasanjo’s home state, recording three.

Spokesman for the former Nigerian leader, Kehinde Akinyemi, said the 32-room facility had been handed over to the government of Ogun state for immediate takeover.

“And I think those who can in one way or another assist in this situation should do so,” a statement from him read.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Contracts Coronavirus

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus.

Johnson made this known via his Twitter account Friday afternoon.

He wrote: “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this”

Johnson is the latest high profile individual to be affected by the bug that is sweeping the world.

US Asks Foreign Doctors, Nurses To Reach Out For Work Visas

The United States has asked medical professionals around the world who want to work in America to reach out for visa appointment.

The US, Thursday, overtook China as the country with the highest number of novel coronavirus patients anywhere in the world.

To further tame the spread of the virus and treatment of those infected, the US is calling out to medical professionals to apply to work in the North American country.

“We encourage medical professionals seeking to work in the United States on a work or exchange visitor, particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19, to reach out to the nearest embassy or consulate to request a visa appointment,” the statement read.

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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