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Oyo govt seals filling station under construction in Ibadan 

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The Oyo State Government has sealed a filling station, under construction in Ibadan, based on negative impact the facility would have on a nearby Primary School and persons living within the premises.

The state Commissioner of Environment and Natural Resources, Hon. Kehinde Ayoola, revealed that Oyo State Government issued the directive, following petitions received from residents and business owners.

The filling station, which is under construction at Apata area within Ibadan metropolis is situated very close to St. Michael’s Primary school, Apata, Ibadan and other business facilities.

Ayoola, who visited the site along with Environmental Health Officers of the State said the visit was aimed at accessing the environmental impact of the construction site and take measures that would promote a friendly environment devoid of environmental threats, particularly the pupils of the School.

“As a responsive and responsible government, the safety and well-being of residents is paramount to us, which must not be compromised most importantly when a school is involved. Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration, having education as one of its cardinal agenda, would not allow anything to hinder the success of its education of our pupils” he said.

“We have to put a stop work order and seal up this facility considering the fact that it does not have environmental impact assessment report and some other necessary permit that regulates environmental activities of the State” he added

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Hon. Ayoola further said that though as a state that encourages myriad of business opportunities and entrepreneurship development, business activities should not be carried out at the detriment of the people. However, the government is saddled with the responsibility of protecting the people from any environmental hazards that may likely have negative impact on them

The Commissioner asserted that the action was to correct the unfriendly habits of degrading the environment which may be susceptible to people’s health.

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Fact Check: COVID-19 is NOT airborne

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has dismissed the message spreading on social media that “COVID-19 is airborne, saying the claim is incorrect.

WHO also explained that the  virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall on floors or surfaces.

According to the organization, “You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within 1 meter of a person who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.

“To protect yourself, keep at least 1 meter distance from others and disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently. Regularly clean your hands thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose”.

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COVID-19: NCDC Deploys Rapid Response Teams to Affected States

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday deployed Rapid Response Teams to affected states to support response activities, as Nigeria have recorded 51 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease COVID-19.

The breakdown showed that 32 are in Lagos, 10 in FCT, 3 in Ogun and 1 each in Ekiti, Oyo, Edo, Bauchi, Osun and Rivers States.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire disclosed this at the Ministerial Press Briefing on COVID-19 held at the Ministry’s headquarters, Abuja.  He further said that, out of the 51 cases, 37 had immediate travel history, 8 were confirmed close contacts of confirmed cases and 6 had neither a recent travel history nor a known contact.

Dr Ehanire informed that two persons have been cured and discharged, one fatality had been recorded and all the 48 present active cases are clinically stable with only mild or moderate symptoms. He stated that Contact tracing to identify persons who has been in close contact with confirmed cases is on-going, while the Ministry is working closely with states and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, to review response activities and to institute measures to protect the health and wellbeing of Nigerians.

The Minister further disclosed that one major item in Nigeria’s disease containment strategy is social distancing, which has been repeatedly announced. As a result, directives have been issued at national and state level, to limit all large gatherings including religious, social and political gatherings, schools, events etc. Some states have put the maximum number of gatherings at 50, but a general order will be announced.

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He disclosed that The NCDC communication campaign titled ‘#TakeResponsibility has kicked off. It is a call to all residents in the country to join hands and be proactive in taking greater individual and collective responsibility for the prevention and control of the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria. You can join this collective effort via your social media platforms” The Minister urged individuals, businesses, professional bodies, media houses and all committed Nigerians to take ownership of this campaign by developing and communicating prevention messages around the following critical thematic areas;

●       Frequent hand washing with soap under running water or using an alcohol-based sanitizer

●       Coughing/sneezing into tissue and disposing properly or coughing/sneezing into your sleeve, if no tissue available.

●       Avoiding crowds, large gatherings and needless physical contact

●       Cleaning all surfaces frequently with disinfectants

●       Getting information only from official sources and;

Self-isolating for 15 days on return from any international travel or close contact with a recently returned person. Call NCDC’s toll-free number: 080097000010 or the emergency no. 112, which we are working to link together and expand for improved speed and efficiency.

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Africa: 46 countries reporting a total COVID-19 2,746 cases, 72 deaths

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Countries, 46 reporting a total COVID-19 2,746 cases, 72 deaths, and 210 recoveries by region:

Central (150 cases, 5 deaths, 4 recoveries):  Cameroon (75, 1, 3), Central African Republic (5, 0, 0), Chad (3, 0, 0), Congo (4, 0, 0), DRC (48, 3, 1), Equatorial Guinea (9, 0, 0), Gabon (6, 1, 0)

Eastern (197, 3, 4): Djibouti (11, 0, 0), Eritrea (4, 0, 0), Ethiopia (12, 0, 4), Kenya (25, 0, 0), Madagascar (19, 0, 0), Mauritius (48, 2, 0), Rwanda (41, 0, 0), Seychelles (7, 0, 0), Somalia (1, 0, 0), Sudan (3, 1, 0), Tanzania (12, 0, 0), Uganda (14, 0, 0)

Northern (1,159, 53, 180): Algeria (302, 21, 77), Egypt (456, 21, 95), Libya (1, 0, 0), Mauritania (2, 0, 0), Morocco (225, 6, 7), Tunisia (173, 5, 1)

Southern (743, 1, 2): Angola (3, 0, 0 ), Eswatini (5, 0, 0), Mozambique (5, 0, 0),  Namibia (6, 0, 0), South Africa (709, 0, 2), Zambia (12, 0, 0), Zimbabwe (3, 1, 0)

Western (497, 10, 21): Benin (6, 0, 0), Burkina Faso (146, 4, 5), Cape Verde (3, 1, 0), Côte d’Ivoire (80, 0, 3), Gambia (3, 1, 0), Ghana (68, 2, 1), Guinea (4, 0, 0), Guinea-Bissau (2, 0, 0), Liberia (3, 0, 0), Mali (2, 0, 0), Niger (7, 1, 0), Nigeria (51, 1, 2), Senegal (99, 0, 9), Togo (23, 0, 1).

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