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Eid-el-Maulud: Makinde harps on religious harmony, tolerance

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has harped on  the need for religious tolerance and harmony in the country.

The Governor, in a message to Nigerian Muslims on the occasion of the Eid-el-Maulud celebration said that the times call for greater emphasis on religious harmony, tolerance, and peaceful co-existence.

The Governor said: “We are at a time where religious harmony is a necessary ingredient of our daily life.  This is because a number of revisionists are trying to hide under the passion that is usually inflamed by religion to cause disharmony and disrupt the peace.

“We must resist such revisionists and tell them in clear terms that ours is a society that values peaceful coexistence, brotherhood, and unity. Like the Motto of our Dear Country, Unity, and Faith, we must continue to remain united even when we practice a different faith.

“On behalf of the government and the good people of Oyo State, let me congratulate all our Muslim brothers and sisters on the turn of another Eid-el-Maulud and reiterate that we all remain faithful to the teachings of the Holy Quran, which emphasis tolerance, respect for one another, humane conduct and love for fellow human beings.

“We can only build a great nation when we are truly our brothers’ keepers and adhere to the teachings of the prophet who emphasise love as a golden virtue among humanity.”

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SWEGOP to Governments: ‘Stop Using Fire Brigade Method to Run Health Sector

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South West Group of Online Publisher (SWEGOP) on Friday  frowned at the fire brigade approach adopted by federal and state governments to fight the pandemic coronavirus.

SWEGOP also called on governments at all level to review their position on provision of primary and secondary healthcare facilities in their domain

In a release signed by the group’s chairman , Mr Olayinka  Agboola and  Public Relations Officer, Remi Oladoye, SWEGOP   noted  that the pandemic coronavirus has further exposed the weakness of the government  despite the huge budgetary allocations released to run the health sector, year in, year out.

“It is obvious that our governments have not been effective and have been paying lip service to  the development of health sector in Nigeria, most states don’t  have facilities to tackle any outbreak of viral diseases let alone well-equipped isolation centres where such cases can be treated.”

The group also called on governments at all levels in Nigeria to be more proactive and put in place facilities that can enhance the operations of medical personnel in the country.

The association also commended the medical personnel and relevant agencies for their effort in combating the  dreaded Coronal Virus.

Said the group “with the record of just one death and scores of recovery cases recorded, it is evident that our medical personnel are up to the task”.

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The group of media professionals, however urged the general public and stakeholders to collaborate with the government in preventing further spread of corona virus and others in the country.

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In Italy, Morgues overwhelmed as COVID-19 death toll tops 8,000

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An overwhelmed Italian city at the heart of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday sent more of its dead to nearby towns for cremation as the country’s world-leading toll topped 8,000.

Officials in Rome reported 662 new deaths and 6,153 infections — largely in line with the figures reported throughout the week.

The rise in daily deaths edged down to the lowest point in the crisis — 8.8 percent — while the infection rate stood at around eight percent for the fourth day running.

But the numbers are not dropping much further and Italians appear to be coming to terms with the realisation that two weeks of life under lockdown have not made the disease go away.

“Until we see this damn rate drop, we will have to continue making very hard sacrifices,” deputy civil protection service chief Agostino Miozzo said in reference to the ever-tightening containment measures.

Italy’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 8,165 — more than that of second-placed Spain and China, where the virus emerged in December, combined.

‘Crematoriums could not cope’

The endless flood of victims forced the city of Bergamo at Italy’s northern epicentre of the pandemic to send still more bodies to less burdened crematoriums in neighbouring towns.

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An AFP photographer saw six camouflage green army trucks transporting coffins out of a Bergamo cemetery on Thursday.

“The large number of victims has meant that Bergamo’s crematorium could not cope on its own,” mayor Giorgio Gori said in a statement released to AFP.

The mayor said the city had also received 113 urns with the ashes of bodies that had been sent out for cremation earlier this week.

The bodies in the city of about 120,000 people are literally piling up.

A warehouse in the commune of Ponte San Pietro on Bergamo’s western outskirts held 35 freshly-made wooden coffins Thursday that were destined for cremation at a later date.

Still more coffins filled a barren church hall in the Seriate commune to Bergamo’s east.

A priest said a quiet prayer over the rows of coffins and a single red rose rested atop one in the otherwise empty room.

Anxious south

Yet the Italian government is just as anxious about the northern crisis spilling over into the far less developed south.

The head of the Campania region that includes Naples warned of a “dramatic explosion” of infections based on this week’s trends.

“The next 10

days will be hell for us,” governor Vincenzo De Luca said in an open letter to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

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The number of officially registered deaths in Campania — Italy’s third-most-populous with nearly six million people — rose from 29 on Sunday to 83 on Thursday.

But no southern region has recorded more than 100 coronavirus fatalities to date.

Italy’s latest figures confirm that COVID-19 overwhelmingly kills the elderly and the sick.

Data from Italy’s first 5,542 fatalities show that 98.6 percent of the victims already suffered from at least one ailment or pre-existing condition.

Slightly over half had three or more other health problems when they died.

Only 29.1 percent of the victims were women. The disparity has been observed elsewhere and still puzzles doctors around the world.

The average age of victims was 78 — a fraction lower than the 78.8 reported last week based on the first 3,200 deaths.

But Italian virologist Roberto Burioni said the figures were “not particularly reliable” because the country was primarily testing people who already exhibited flu-like symptoms.

Italy’s death rate among the confirmed COVID-19 cases — 10.1 percent — was thus much higher than in countries with broad-based testing such as South Korea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nigeria: Another 14 fresh cases of COVID-19 confirmed

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Another fourteen new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Nigeria, bringing the total number of cases to 65, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced in a tweet on Thursday night.

According to the breakdown of the number of the additional cases,  12 new cases were discovered in Lagos while the remaining two were confirmed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Six of the cases were detected on a vessel and three others were returning travellers into the country while the remaining case was a close contact of a confirmed case.

The NCDC, however informed that another case had been discharged, bringing the number of persons who have recovered from the virus to three.

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