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Nigeria Records No New COVID-19 Death For Second Time In A Week

A file photo of a health official helping his colleague with his PPE.


The fight against coronavirus in Nigeria appears to be yielding the desired result as authorities step up efforts to curb the spread of the disease.

As the vaccination exercise rolls out in various states, the country recorded no new death from the disease for the second time in a week.

This comes four days after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said no new fatality was reported.

In an early-morning tweet on Friday, the agency stated that the total number of deaths from the pandemic was 2,027, since Nigeria reported its first case in late February 2020.

It, however, noted that 137 new cases were reported on Thursday from 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Of the new infections reported, Lagos had 41, Imo reported 20, Ogun confirmed 14, FCT recorded 10, Kebbi reported 11, and Rivers had 10 more cases.

Others are Akwa Ibom – eight, Plateau – four, Ebonyi – three, Kaduna – three, Kano – three, Osun – three, Oyo – two, Ekiti – one, Gombe – one, and Nasarawa – one.


According to the NCDC which is responsible for managing disease outbreaks in the country, Nigeria has confirmed a total of 161,409 cases, while 146,890 infected patients have been successfully treated and discharged.

“A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities,” the agency said.

See the breakdown of COVID-19 cases according to states below:

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 57,164 292 56,446 426
FCT 19,513 3,666 15,691 156
Plateau 9,006 75 8,874 57
Kaduna 8,838 118 8,655 65
Rivers 6,852 159 6,595 98
Oyo 6,821 512 6,193 116
Edo 4,864 154 4,518 192
Ogun 4,591 227 4,315 49
Kano 3,881 25 3,747 109
Ondo 3,129 974 2,094 61
Kwara 3,049 289 2,705 55
Delta 2,597 782 1,744 71
Osun 2,503 96 2,355 52
Nasarawa 2,315 1,929 373 13
Enugu 2,221 327 1,865 29
Katsina 2,082 18 2,030 34
Gombe 2,025 5 1,976 44
Ebonyi 1,976 8 1,936 32
Anambra 1,909 64 1,826 19
Akwa Ibom 1,732 471 1,247 14
Abia 1,644 31 1,592 21
Imo 1,639 68 1,535 36
Bauchi 1,482 198 1,267 17
Borno 1,324 86 1,200 38
Benue 1,188 575 591 22
Adamawa 942 641 270 31
Niger 928 494 417 17
Taraba 910 24 864 22
Ekiti 857 65 781 11
Bayelsa 832 41 765 26
Sokoto 770 1 741 28
Jigawa 501 5 480 16
Kebbi 438 32 392 14
Cross River 357 13 327 17
Yobe 293 25 259 9
Zamfara 231 2 221 8
Kogi 5 0 3 2

Europa League: Pogba Scores On Return To Send Man United To Last Eight

Pogba was an instant impact during the game. Photo: Twitter@Manchester United.


Paul Pogba’s close-range goal was enough to send Manchester United to the quarter-final of the Europa League, handing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a 1-2 aggregate win over old foes, AC Milan. 

United won the second leg of the game 0-1 on Thursday after the English were last week forced to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture.

The French star was introduced to the game in the 46th minute and it took about two more minutes for the former Juventus man to make an instant impact on his return from injury.



Hijab Controversy: Kwara Government Directs Principals To Resume

Students in missionary school prevented from wearing hijab to school


Following the clash over the wearing of hijab in some schools in Ilorin, the Kwara State Government has directed principals, teachers, and staff of ten schools recently shut down over the matter to report at their respective schools tomorrow.

In a statement Thursday, the government explained that the resumption became necessary in order to prepare the final year students for their external examinations.

The government warned that any staff that fails to report to duty will face the full wrath of the law as it will not condone any act of insubordination. search: Hijab Controversy: CAN Asks FG, Police To Hold Gov Abdulrasak Accountable


It also advised stakeholders against taken laws into their hands, stressing that peace meetings will continue between the government and stakeholders.

The Kwara government said it regrets the inconveniences the shutdown might have caused the students, saying the action was taken in the interest of peace.

Watch: Hijab Controversy: Christians, Muslims Clash As Kwara Govt Reopens Schools


COVID-19: Biden Confident US Will Reach 100m Vaccines Target This Week

File photo: Nurse Eunice Lee prepares to give an injection of the Covid-19 vaccine to a health care worker at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, California on December 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian van der Brug / POOL / AFP)


President Joe Biden said Thursday that his goal of getting 100 million coronavirus vaccine doses administered in his first 100 days in office will be met by Friday, far in advance of the original target.

“I’m proud to announce that tomorrow, 58 days into my administration, we will have met my goal of administering 100 million shots to our fellow Americans,” he said in a White House speech.

When Biden came into office on January 20, the program to stop the coronavirus pandemic through national vaccination was only just getting going.

Biden initially said he wanted 100 million doses administered within 100 days but after easily reaching that target he said he would announce a new benchmark next week.

“Eight weeks ago, only eight percent of seniors — those most vulnerable to Covid-19 — had received a vaccination. Today, 65 percent of people aged 65 or older have received at least one shot,” he said.

“That’s key, because this is the population that represents 80 percent of the well over 500,000 Covid-19 deaths that have occurred in America.”

Despite initial skepticism about the goal of getting out a million vaccines a day, health workers are now injecting between two and three million shots daily.

The accelerating vaccine rollout is dovetailing with falling infection rates, leading to optimism that the world’s biggest economy is headed for a powerful rebound.

However, with Europe in the grip of a new surge in Covid-19 cases and vaccine programs stumbling there, US health officials continue to sound warnings.

File photo: President Joe Biden (L) receives a COVID-19 Vaccination from nurse practitioner Tabe Masa at ChristianaCare Christiana Hospital on December 21, 2020 in Newark, Delaware. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images/AFP


“This is a time for optimism but it’s not a time for relaxation,” Biden cautioned.

“Now’s not the time to let down our guard. In the last week, we’ve seen increases in the number of cases in several states. Scientists have made clear that things may get worse as new variants of this virus spread.”

– Vaccines for US neighbors –
Americans need to take their opportunity to get vaccinated when it becomes available, he said, addressing the large sectors of society that are so far resisting.

Former president Donald Trump only this week called directly on his supporters, who form one of the biggest groups of vaccine opponents, to embrace the shots, saying “it’s a great vaccine, it’s a safe vaccine.”

But with vaccine production churning out in the United States, the Biden administration says it is now on the point of being able to send surplus of the AstraZeneca version to neighboring Mexico and Canada.

Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, said that 2.5 million doses were being lined up for Mexico and 1.5 million for Canada. A total of seven million doses are stockpiled.

However, Psaki was vague on the timing.

“We are assessing how we can loan doses,” she said. “It’s not fully finalized yet. It’s what we’re working towards, to Canada and Mexico.”

“Our first priority remains vaccinating the US population,” she said, adding however that “the reality is the pandemic knows no borders.”



NPFL 21: Nasarawa Utd Punish Dakkada To Regain Lead

Players of Nasarawa Utd preparing ahead of their matchday 15 fixture with Sunshine Stars


Nasarawa United are back on top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table after a well-deserved 3-0 victory over Dakkada FC in Lafia.

Though tied on 27 points with Kwara United, Kano Pillars and Rangers, the Solid Miners regain the league’s leadership with a better goal difference.

Ikenna Offor scored the first goal from the spot and a brace from Silas Nwankwo, all in the first half, completed the mission for coach Bala Nikyu’s team who are now unbeaten in 3 matches.

In Jos, Plateau United beat Sunshine Stars 3-1 to add to the worries of Coach Gbenga Ogunbote, whose team has now gone nine matches without a win.

Oche Ochowechi, Ibrahim Mustapha and Uche Onwuasonaya were the goalscorers for coach Abdul Maikaba’s team while Kehinde Adeyemi scored a consolatory goal for the visitors in the 89th minute.

The victory takes Plateau United to ninth on the log while the defeat drops Sunshine Stars to 14th.

Katsina United and Rangers International FC complete today’s matchday 16 fixtures. At the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina, the Changi Boys beat Rangers 2-0 to get their league campaign back on track. search: Atletico Madrid Game Postponed Due To Snowstorm

An early goal by Rasheed Ahmed and a late one by Joseph Atule delivered maximum points for Katsina United and took them off the drop zone.

On Wednesday, Akwa United beat FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0 to record their 7th win of the season while Kano Pillars put the resignation of coach Emmanuel Soccoia behind them with a 2-0 win over Kwara United.


NPFL table after matchday 16 action.


Rivers United bounced back with a 2-0 over MFM FC. That result sent the Lagos team to the relegation zone, 17th on the log with 17th points from 15 matches.


Matchday 16 Results


Akwa United 1 FC Ifeanyi Ubah 0

Rivers United 2 MFM FC 0

Adamawa United 1 Abia Warriors 1

Kano Pillars 2 Kwara United 0

Heartland FC 2 Wikki Tourists 0

Warri Wolves 0 Jigawa Golden Stars 0


Nasarawa United 3 Dakkada FC 0

Plateau United 3 Sunshine Stars 1

Katsina United 2 Rangers Int’l 0