Saturday, March 28, 2020

Illinois infant, under the age of one, dies after testing positive for coronavirus

An infant in Illinois under the age of one has died after testing positive for coronavirus.

'There has never been a case of COVID-19 death in an infant,' said Illinois Public Health Director, Dr Ngozi Ezike.

The child was among 13 new deaths recorded in Illinois, which now has a coronavirus death toll of 47.

Also among the deaths was an employee at the Department of Human Services. 

Ben Bruce's wife who died of cancer is laid to rest (photos)

Ben Bruce's wife Evelyn Murray-Bruce, who sadly died of cancer this month has been laid to rest.

She was laid to rest in the presence of her husband, children and very close friends.

Evelyn is survived by her husband, children and grandchildren. More photos below...

Imo heads into complete lockdown for coronavirus

Imo state goes into complete lockdown this Saturday and has banned all public gatherings in efforts to prevent spread of coronavirus.

Governor Hope Uzodimma announced the ban in a broadcast, ordering all markets closed indefinitely and prohibiting all forms of marriage ceremonies, burials, gathering in places of worships.

The ban also extends to open evangelism and crusades.

Boundaries into Imo will be barricaded and travellers into the state must be cleared by health officials at the checkpoints.

UK coronavirus deaths pass 1,000 as 260 die in biggest 24-hour jump

The UK coronavirus death toll has risen to 1,019 after 260 people died in the last 24 hours - with at least 13 of them being healthy adults.

There are currently 17,089 in Britain who have tested positive for Covid-19.

It is the biggest surge in coronavirus deaths the UK has seen so far - up from yesterday's tally of 759.

A statement from the Department of Health said: "As of 9am on 28 March 2020, a total of 120,776 people have been tested, of which 103,687 were confirmed negative and 17,089 were confirmed positive.

Presidency disowns report suggesting Federal Government is planning to pay N30,000 to citizens during COVID-19 crisis

The Presidency has disowned an online report suggesting that the federal government  is planning to pay N30,000 to each Nigerian with a Bank Verification Number (BVN).

The report was attributed to Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, who swiftly debunked the information as “fake news”.

Adesina, in a tweet on his Twitter handle @FemAdesina, said: “Fake news peddlers have concocted a statement, purportedly issued by me, saying FG will pay N30,000 to each Nigerian with BVN, to help them stock up before an impending national lockdown. Not me. The so-called statement is hereby disclaimed.”

COVID-19: Abia to close land borders on sunday

Following the recommendation of the state’s inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19 based on situational reviews, Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has approved the closure of all the state’s land borders with effect from 4am on Sunday, 29th March, 2020.

The governor in a statement on Saturday directed security agencies, traditional rulers and community youths in the state to ensure total compliance with this directive and take all necessary measures including total blocking of the borders till further notice.

He went further to say that particular effort should be geared towards stopping those that might attempt to sneak into the state either at night or at dawn till further notice.

Furthermore, traditional rulers and security agencies should ensure that those identified to have returned from Lagos, Abuja and overseas are confined to their homes in isolation for at least 14 days.

South African police fire rubber bullets at citizens as over 300 queue at shoprite

South African police enforcing a coronavirus lockdown on Saturday fired rubber bullets towards hundreds of shoppers queueing outside a supermarket in Johannesburg, an AFP photographer said.

Between 200 and 300 people gathered outside a popular grocery store, Shoprite, early Saturday in Yeoville, a crime-prone area in Johannesburg’s gritty central business district on day two of a nationwide lockdown.

But as they scrambled to secure their spots, many did not observe the recommended safe distance between them.

Police arrived in 10 patrol vehicles and started firing rubber bullets towards the shoppers.

COVID-19: Dangote foundation donates ambulances to NCDC

The Aliko Dangote Foundation has donated four ambulances to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to aid its fight against COVID-19 spread in the country.

The centre on saturday wrote on its website that it was grateful to the billionaire and the private sector for its contribution towards the outbreak.

It said, “Today we received four ambulances from @AlikoDangoteFdn to support #COVID19 response activities in Lagos, led by @LSMOH. (We are) grateful for collective efforts demonstrated by the government and private sector in response to this outbreak  #TakeResponsibility#COVID19Nigeria.”

NCDC added that it had also received support from Airtel Nigeria and MTNNG to ensure mobile users were receiving verified information on COVID-19.

Tinubu blows the bubble, says Nigerian health system can’t tackle large scale Coronavirus

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said Nigeria’s health care system cannot withstand a coronavirus pandemic on the scale of America and Europe.

He, therefore, called on the government and the citizens to do everything to curb the spread of the virus.

Tinubu said this in a statement he wrote in commemoration of his 68th birthday.

The All Progressives Congress leader said, “The public health care systems of developed nations have been overwhelmed by this virus. They are running out of equipment and healthy doctors.

NNPC, 33 oil firms donate ₦11.4bn to curb coronavirus Spread

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and 33 of its partners in the oil and gas sector have contributed $30 million, about ₦11.4 billion to curb the coronavirus pandemic and reduce its effects on the Nigerian economy and populace.

The NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, disclosed this in a tweet where he announced the intervention fund on behalf of the oil firm and its partners. Kyari explained that the initiative was in line with the Federal Government’s ongoing efforts to curb the spread of the fast-spreading virus in the nation.

Kyari stated that the intervention was aimed at supporting the country’s healthcare delivery facilities and would cover three major areas. He outlined the areas as the provision of medical consumables; deployment of logistics/in-patient support system and delivery of medical infrastructure.

Kaduna Governor, El-Rufai tests positive for coronavirus

Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai has tested positive for coronavirus.

“Earlier this week, I submitted a sample for the Covid-19 test,” El-Rufai said in a video posted on Twitter.

“The result came in this evening, and I regret to say that it is positive,” he added. Watch the video below...

41 guests, workers ‘held’ in Imo hotel over COVID-19 scare

No fewer than 41 guests and workers of a hotel in Owerri, the Imo State capital have been quarantined by the State Government following a suspected case of COVID-19.

The hotel, identified as Fancy Hotel, is situated at Road 7, Umuguma, Housing Estate, World Bank, Owerri.

There were rumours that the hotel was locked down by security agencies for necessary investigation by medical emergency.

Already, the hotel has been barricaded by dozens of security operatives to prevent entry and exit.

COVID-19: Kaduna arrests two clerics for conducting service

Two clerics have been arrested in Kaduna State for conducting congregational prayers.

The state government announced this via Twitter on Saturday, noting that their action was in violation of the State public health preventive measures against the COVID-19.

According to the statement, both clerics “Malam Aminu Umar Usman and Malam Umar Shangel, will be prosecuted”.

This comes two days after the state government announced a 24-hour curfew which will last till further notice.

Traditional worshipers offer rituals to abate coronavirus

The (TRAWSO), Osun State on Friday offered rituals to the gods to wane the spread of coronavirus in the world especially Nigeria.

A masquerader accompanied by some Ifa priests offered the propitiation in Osogbo, Osun state capital.

The masquerader carrying earthen pot which contained the propitiation also making enchantment to appease to the gods, to stop the spread of the pandemic in Nigeria and the world placed it carried from where it was prepared to a junction.

After the rite, the Vice president of the association, Chief Ojebowale Olojede explained that the propitiation is to allay the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria and the world.

Princess Maria Teresa of Spain dies of coronavirus

Princess Maria Teresa of Spain has died aged 86 after testing positive for coronavirus.

The princess, of the Bourbon-Parma Royal Family in Spain, passed away yesterday her younger brother, Prince Sixtus Henry of Bourbon-Parma, announced.

She was born in Paris, France on July 28, 1933 to parents, Prince Xavier and Madeleine de Bourbon, who had a total of six children.

The royals are members of the House of Bourbon-Parma which is a cadet branch of the Spanish royal family, descended from the French Capetian dynasty.

Lagos explosion: Late Bethlehem Girls’ College proprietor buried in Edo state

The late proprietor of Bethlehem Girls’ College, Rev Sis Henrietta Alokha, who died in the explosion that rocked Abule-Ado in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, has been buried.

The late Alokha, who was a member of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, was buried at the cemetery of the Sacred Heart Convent, Uromi, in the Esan North-East Local Government Area of Edo State, on Thursday.

At least 23 persons were killed in the explosion that also destroyed houses, and left many residents displaced on March 15.

Breaking! Nigeria hits 89 as NCDC announces eight new COVID-19 cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced new cases of confirmed COVID-19.

Nigeria now has 89 confirmed cases of the virus.

NCDC, in a tweet, said seven of the new cases are in Lagos with one in Benue.

Lagos Govt makes U-turn, suspends closure of Marine Bridge

The Lagos State Government has suspended its earlier decision to close Marine Bridge for six months for repair, following the swelling cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The Public Affairs Unit of the State Ministry of Transportation (MOT) had announced the closing down of the Marine Bridge, partially between 8.00p.m and 8.00a.m daily from March 28 to Aug. 15 for repair.

The statement said that the closure would allow the construction works by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to replace the worn-out Elastomeric Bearing, and Expand the Metallic joints on the bridge.

Ministers donate 50% of their march salary to fight COVID-19

Nigeria’s 43 cabinet ministers have donated 50 percent of their March salaries towards the federal government’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, said on Saturday.

According to Mohammed, the donation was coordinated by the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki.

In a statement issued by Mohammed’s office on Saturday in Abuja. Saraki was quoted as saying it (the donation) was a gesture of solidarity and support for the federal government’s efforts to tackle the disease.

Dbanj finally sleeps in his room 21 months after losing son

D'banj has revealed he slept in his room last night -- 21 months after losing his first son.

In a post on Instagram, he revealed he hasn't slept in his room for the past months, but did last night and the memories remained fresh.

He however assured Nigerians that what the world is going through at the moment too shall pass. He said;

“For the first time 21 months, I slept in my room… I thought it would be easier but the memories are so fresh and although my family and I have been through so much in this time, I woke up this morning with a grateful heart knowing that I can be a source of visible hope to anyone going through hard time due to this pandemic…”

23 passengers from Niger abducted on way to Katsina

Twenty three passengers of the Niger State Transport Authority, Minna, travelling to Katsina State have been kidnapped.

Punch gathered that two of the abducted passengers have been released after their families paid a ransom.

It was reliably gathered that the driver followed a route prohibited by the company.

The passengers who were heading for Katsina on Tuesday evening were ambushed along Jos Road in Plateau state.

Ondo blast: Akeredolu visits scene, gives update (photos)

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu this morning visited the scene of a strange massive blast that rocked Akure, Ondo State capital overnight.

The blast, which occurred on Akure-Owo Road, was suspected to be from a meteorite.

Tweeting about the incident the Governor on his way first tweeted;

“I’ve been briefed by security agencies in the state concerning the loud blast that was heard in Akure. I will be at the scene to assess on the advice of heads of our security agencies.

COVID-19: Lagos state begins curfew on Sunday

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered  a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the State starting from Sunday to allow the state to carry out a comprehensive disinfection.

Sanwo-Olu, also announced that the state would shut its domestic airport. He said;

“I am hereby directing a statewide curfew from 8pm to 6am, starting from Sunday until further notice. This is to enable us to carry out comprehensive disinfection of the Lagos Metropolis.

“I am pleased to note that we have taken possession of over 200 disinfecting machines, and starting today, we will be disinfecting all major highways, bus stops, markets, parks, and other public areas.

Wuhan reopens after COVID-19 lockdown

The city in China where the coronavirus pandemic began, Wuhan, has partially re-opened after more than two months of isolation.

Crowds of passengers arrived at Wuhan train station on Saturday.

People are being allowed to enter but not leave, according to reports.

Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, saw more than 50,000 coronavirus cases. At least 3,000 people in Hubei died from the disease.

Prepare for evacuation flights, US tells citizens in Nigeria

US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria says it is preparing emergency flights to evacuate its citizens in Nigeria despite airport closures.

This is not unconnected to the exploding coronavirus cases in Nigeria which stand at 81 on Saturday morning according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

The Federal Government through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority had closed all international airports in the country including the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja to prevent further importation of COVID-19.

But the Consulate on Friday, in a notice entitled ‘Health Alert: US Mission in Nigeria’ sighted by The PUNCH, advised American citizens to be in Abuja and Lagos “as soon as possible” to join the arranged flights back to the US.

Lagos closes Jibowu, Yaba crossing for railway project

The Lagos State Government will be closing down Jibowu and Yaba level crossing for the laying of track on the right side along the level crossings of the aforementioned.

According to a Statement from the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, Jibowu Level Crossing will be closed down on Saturday March 28 from 6.00PM to 6.00AM of Sunday March 29 and also from 6.00PM Sunday March 29, 6.00AM Monday March 30, 2020.

In the same vein, Yaba level crossing will be closed down on Tuesday March 31, from 6:00AM to 6:00PM of the same day.

Ex-Aso Rock MOPOL commander, wife die in road accident

Ex-Aso Rock MOPOL commander, Abdullahi Ibrahim and his wife are dead.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police died along with his wife in a road crash on Friday..

He died in an accident at Okene Bye-pass in Kogi state.

His children who were travelling with him to Onitsha, his new post are responding to treatment in the hospital.

Between 2016 and 2019, Ibrahim was the commander MOPOL 24 in the State House.

China donates medical equipment to Nigeria

Chinese Government has donated medical equipment to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support of the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.

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

According to him, it has become important for the international community to strengthen confidence, act in unity and work together in collective response against the disease spread.

Pingjian said: “At the most difficult moment in our fight against the outbreak, China received a strong political support and assistance in various means from Nigeria.

50 houses destroyed in Ondo midnight bomb explosion

Over 50 houses, including a church, have been destroyed by a bomb that exploded at about 12 midnight at Eleyewo in Akure North local government.

The bomb was said to being conveyed by a lorry.

Security operatives at the moment have condoned off the area.

COVID -19: Makinde imposes curfew in Oyo, shuts markets

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew as part of stringent measures to halt the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the state.

The governor has also ordered the closure of markets except those selling perishable food items as Oyo State now has three confirmed cases of the new coronavirus.

“As a result of this, I have directed that the following additional measures be put in place: a dusk to dawn curfew (7 PM to 6 AM); no gatherings of more than ten people should be held anywhere in Oyo State,” Makinde said on Friday in a series of tweets.

Lagos to close Marina bridge for six months

The Lagos State Government will be closing down Marine Bridge partially for repairs from 8.00 PM on Saturday March 28, 2020 to Saturday, August 15, 2020.

A statement From the Ministry of Transportation disclosed that the construction works by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing will replace the worn-out elastomeric bearing, and expand the metallic joints on the bridge. Other repair works include; construction of drain gully, jacketing, skin repairs of the piers and laying of asphalt.

The repair works which will take duration of 20 weeks would be done in two phases to ease traffic movements. The first half of the construction works will last for the first 10 weeks, thereafter; the second half would commence equally and last for 10 weeks.

The closure has been slated between 8.00PM and 8.00AM daily to ensure there is smooth and uninterrupted flow of the repair works, therefore road users are advised to comply with the traffic diversions to minimize inconveniences in movements, as they will be allowed to ply only the available sides of the roads while the construction works lasts.

You can’t catch coronavirus from newspapers, WHO confirms

The World Health Organization has confirmed newspapers remain safe to read during the coronavirus pandemic.

The WHO has stated that the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low, and therefore the risk of contracting COVID-19 through receipt of a printed paper is infinitely small.

The organisation had advised precautions such as washing hands remain essential to preventing the spread of the disease in any circumstance.

However, it stressed that “the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is low”.

US lab unveils 5-minute COVID-19 test

A US-based lab has unveiled a portable test that can tell if someone has COVID-19 in as little as five minutes, it said in a statement Friday.

Abbot Laboratories said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had given it emergency authorisation to begin making the test available to healthcare providers as early as next week.

The test, which is the size of a small toaster and uses molecular technology, also shows negative results within 13 minutes, the company said in a press statement.

Coronavirus kills Heathrow worker, 61, and daughter, 33, in space of just 24 hours

A Heathrow worker and his pharmacist daughter died from Covid-19 in less than 24 hours.

 Sudhir Sharma, 61, died on Wednesday after contracting the coronavirus, the day before his 33-year-old daughter Pooja lost her battle with the disease.

Speaking of the Terminal 3 worker, a source told The Sun : “It’s an absolute tragedy. He was a lovely, lovely man. Every immigration officer is talking about it.

“There are concerns about his widow being unable to attend the funeral because of the isolation issues. It’s just so awful.”

Boxer Khan offers wedding venue for fight against COVID-19

Former boxing world champion Amir Khan has become the latest sportsman to help in the fight against the coronavirus, offering his wedding venue for use by Britain’s National Health Service.

Khan is ready to hand over the keys to the 60 000-square-feet (5 600-square-metre) venue in his home town of Bolton as concerns grow over bed shortages.

The 33-year-old former world light-welterweight champion said in a post on his official Twitter account: “I am aware of how difficult it is for the public to get a hospital bed in this tragic time.

“I am prepared to give my 60 000 square foot 4 story building which is due to be a wedding hall and retail outlet to the @NHSuk to help people affected by the coronavirus. Pls, keep safe.”

Coronavirus patient rejects Bauchi state isolation centre, returns home

One of the confirmed positive cases of Coronavirus in Bauchi State has rejected the isolation centre at Bauchi Specialist hospital and return home.

A reliable source at the hospital told Daily Trust Saturday that the patient who is an important personality and a friend to the state governor rejected the isolation centre and returned home due to the filthy condition of the centre, saying “This place is too dirty I can’t stay here.”

The source explained that 62-year-old left the hospital for his home in GRA despite appeals from medical personnel at the centre.

Makinde fires media aide over false information on Facebook

The Governor of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde, has sacked his Special Assistant on Digital Media, Muritala Adigun, for allegedly feeding the public with misleading information.

His letter of termination of appointment, signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Olubamiwo Adeosun, with reference number: SP/S.662/2/Vol1/115, was reportedly handed over to him on Friday.

The letter read in part, “I wish to convey the approval of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, on the termination of your appointment as Special Assistant (Digital Media), with immediate effect.”

14 year-old girl hangs her own baby son because she wanted to stay out with her friends

A 14-year-old girl allegedly hanged her one-year-old son because she wanted to stay out with her friends.

The teenager, Arisa Udsanee, had left the youngster with her parents who were angry when she returned home late in Bueng Kan, northeast Thailand last Sunday afternoon.

She reportedly took the infant, Thanapat Udsanee, to the home of a neighbour, Charinthip Nuengsit, 21, and asked for a place to stay. She then let them stay in a cabin in her back yard.

Later that night a motorcycle came to the cabin to pick up Arisa and she told Chrinthip that the boy was leaving with her.

Lagos task force destroys goods of traders defying ban

Policemen attached to the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit are in the eye of the storm after forcibly shutting down shops that defied the state government’s directive.

The operatives in a video are seen destroying goods at a bar and a phone accessory store at an unspecified location in the state.

The state government had directed markets and stores not trading in essentials to shut down to curtail the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

President Trump signs largest bailout in US history

President Trump has signed the largest-ever US financial stimulus package, worth $2tn, as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

The House of Representatives passed the cross-party bill two days after the Senate debated its provisions.

On Wednesday the number of Americans filing for unemployment surged to a record high of 3.3 million people.

The US has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country, with more than 100,000 positive tests.

Senators sneak into private hospitals for COVID-19 tests

The last executive session of the Senate before sitting was suspended for two weeks was with a drama over COVID-19. About 35 Senators who recently came back from London after a seminar on Petroleum Industry Governance Bill were isolated by their colleagues at the session because they refused to subject themselves to Coronavirus test.

All the remaining senators refused to either shake hands or engage them in discussions. The usual camaraderie was absent as many senators wanted a snappy session.

Findings at press time revealed that most of the senators opted for COVID-19 test only in private hospitals because they feared that their health status might leak from government clinics. All of them are keeping the results to themselves.

The challenge at hand is that the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, does not know who is positive or negative among his colleagues. The Senate remains at a higher risk.

Coronavirus: Troubled U.S. announces N2.6bn aid to Nigeria

The United States Government has announced a 7 million dollars (about N2.6 billion) emergency health and humanitarian aid to Nigeria amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This is part of a 274 million dollars (N103 billion) assistance package to no fewer than 63 countries affected by the disease, according to a statement by the Department of States on Friday.

Nigeria’s share, the statement said, will go into funding of “risk communication, water and sanitation activities, infection prevention, and coordination’’.

“This assistance joins more than 5.2 billion dollars (N1.9 trillion) in U.S. health assistance and more than 8.1 billion dollars (N3trillion) in total assistance for Nigeria over the past 20 years,’’ it said.

Americans to get N441,000 each as Trump signs historic $2.2trn financial stimulus bill

President Donald Trump on Friday signed the $2.2 trillion (N827 trillion) financial stimulus package to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

This came hours after the country’s House of Representatives approved the bipartisan bill, which the Senate passed on Wednesday.

U.S. is currently the hardest-hit country in terms of the COVID-19 infections, accounting for no fewer than 99,000 cases.

Under the law, the government will make direct payments totaling $290 billion (N109 trillion) to Americans earning below $99,000 (N37 million) per annum.

Coronavirus: Buhari must hold live broadcast on his health – Femi Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to conduct a live television broadcast to assure Nigerian people that he is well and that he has not fled the nation’s shores to seek medical treatment elsewhere.

He said the rumours going round were heartbreaking and disheartening and that Nigerians deserved to be reassured that they had not been abandoned midstream and that the President had not been afflicted by Covid-19 or any other debilitating and life-threatening illness.

“We also need to be assured that he is indeed Muhammadu Buhari and not Jubril Al Sudani. To say that it is his style to ignore his people and treat them with contempt at a time of national crisis is disrespectful, disingenuous and downright insulting. The Nigerian people deserve a far better quality of leadership than that, he said.

Kourtney Kardashian likes tweets that brand Kim and Khloé 'passive aggressive bullies'

Kourtney Kardashian was caught liking tweets that branded her younger sisters Kim and Khloé as "passive aggressive bullies" following their explosive physical bust up.

The 40-year-old reality star, who recently said she wanted to quit Keeping Up With The Kardashians, was on the receiving end of some fierce punches from Kim in the new season of the show.

And now the mum-of-three was seen liking a tweet that called Khloé out on trying to break the fight up.

The tweet in question read: "Khloe such a hypocrite and disappointment. She and Kim are passive aggressive bullies! Stay strong Kourt!"

DJ's heartbreaking last Facebook messages before coronavirus killed him at just 38

A man who died after contracting coronavirus wrote daily updates from his hospital bed that he shared with his friends on Facebook.

Danny Sharma, 38, had struggled with various health problems in recent years, including diabetes, which put him in a high risk category for developing a severe form of Covid-19.

On March 22, the DJ from Uxbridge, London, posted: "My life really sucks! Can’t believe I got the coronavirus."

Many people commented his post, wishing him a speedy recovery after he was admitted to hospital.

Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa pays tribute to icon and their daughter two months after tragedy

Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa has paid a touching tribute to the icon and their daughter Gianna two months after their tragic deaths.

Vanessa took to her Instagram account on Thursday to share a heartbreaking video of Kobe talking about coaching Gianna.

Gianna, and Kobe lost their lives in a helicopter crash in January, exactly two months before Vanessa posted the tribute.

The 13-year-old was an aspiring basketball player and Kobe, who played for the Lakers, coached her Amateur Athletic Union team.

20 countries yet to record coronavirus case

Amidst the growing coronavirus pandemic, about 20 countries are yet to report a case of the virus.

Despite not having a single case, preventive measures have been put in place by these to ensure the virus does not spread to them.

There are seven continents: Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, North America, South America, and Antarctica. Antarctica is least inhabited with a population of between 1,000 and 5,000 depending on season. There is no reported case of the virus there so far.

Nigeria records 11 new cases of COVID-19, records jump to 81

The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed eleven new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Eight new cases were confirmed in Lagos, two in Enugu state and one in Edo state

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 81.

According to the NCDC, “11 new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: 8 in Lagos, 2 in Enugu & 1 in Edo State, As at 11:55pm 27th March, there are 81 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. 3 have been discharged with 1 death.”