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COVID-19: Lagos places USA, Canada, South Africa, 11 others on watch list

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Lagos State has placed 14 countries on watch list as part of measures to prevent a possible spread of the new COVID-19 variant.

Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi said the measure became necessary following the discovery of variants from banned countries within another country.

He said: “The affected countries are Canada, USA, France, Germany, Netherlands, Togo, Ghana, Cameroon, Angola, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

“Nigerians returning from lesser hajj would have to undergo a compulsory seven-day self-isolation.

“The state will not hesitate to prosecute anyone, irrespective of status, who fails to comply with the directive.”

Abayomi stressed some of the possible events that could trigger a third wave include general laxity, false sense of security and non-adherence to guidelines, religious holidays, COVID fatigue, entry of mutations and variants.

He added: “The state has however developed a five-pillar strategy for curbing a potential third wave in Lagos.

“These include ensuring that all travelers carry out COVID-19 tests while we also introduce PCR test to determine variants and mandatory seven-day quarantine.

We will also utilise EKOTELEMED to monitor confirmed cases and provide telemedicine services.

“We will be sensitising Lagosians on the importance of non-pharmaceutical interventions such as handwashing, social distancing, thresholds for public gathering, as well as discourage super spreader events.

“Our oxygen supply approach will be two-phased – outsource oxygen plants to private partners and PPP for 700 cylinder/ day oxygen plant, while we also increase the number of vaccine doses administered by leveraging the private sector.”

The commissioner, who spoke on the successes recorded so far, said some isolation centres are currently empty.

“Landmark, Agidingbi, Gbagada, FCC, Lagoon and Onikan isolation centres have been shut while Amour II and Gbagada Isolation Centres are being re-activated.

“Of the 554 bed capacity, 550 beds are currently available. There is also a decrease in the number of patients who require oxygen therapy at IDH, Yaba. Following the reduction in number of positive cases, the use of oxygen has reduced from an average of 300 bottles per day in January 2021 to 60 bottles per day in April 2021,” he added.

Prof. Abayomi said of the 58,611 cases confirmed, 54,049 recovered, 4,346 were admitted; 3,906 were discharged and 354 deaths were recorded. One confirmed case is current in isolation with three suspected cases.

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Nigeria set to win wrestling silver or gold at Tokyo Olympics

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Team Nigeria is set to win a Silver medal in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games as one of its wrestlers qualified for the final of her event, reports The Gazelle News.com.
Nigeria’s Blessing Oburududu performed the feat on Monday, 2 August, 2021 in Tokyo when when she fought her way into the Olympics final in the 68kg class.
In her semi final match on Monday, Blessing defeated Battsetseg Soronzonboldyn of Mongolia 7-2 to qualify for the final and guaranteed herself and Team Nigeria at least a Silver medal.
Blessing made her intention known earlier in the day when she defeated Elis Manolova of Azerbaijan 13-2 in her first match. She then defeated Meerin Zhumanazarova of Armenia 3-2 in a hard fought quarter final bout before beating Soronzonboldyn in the semi final.

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Tinubu hale, hearty, will be back soon — Aide

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National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is hale and hearty his media adviser, Mr Tunde Rahman, has said.
He made the clarification in a statement on Saturday while reacting to reports that the former Lagos State governor was hospitalised in the US after undergoing surgery.
The statement read in part, ”His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is fine. He is hale and hearty. He is not in any hospital. He has no medical problem that would require hospitalisation.
“Yes, he is out of the country at the moment. He will be back shortly. Anytime he travels out of the country, the next thing some mischievous people would say is he is sick, hospitalised or has died.
“It is shameful that perpetrators of this evil are not deterred by the fact that each time this fake news has been propagated, they have been proven wrong.
“Who really is afraid of Asiwaju Tinubu? Those wishing Asiwaju Tinubu evil or dead should be careful. They should know the matter of life and death is in the hand of only God Almighty.”

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Veteran actress Richel Oniga dies at 64

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Popular Nigerian actress Racheal Oniga is dead.

The veteran actress reportedly died on Friday, July 30, 2021 at the age of 64.
The cause of her death is unknown as details were sketchy at the time of filing this report.
The talented screen goddess was said to have been on a movie location earlier this week in the Mowe area of Ogun State.
Born on the 23rd of May 1957 in Ebutte Metta, Lagos State, Oniga who hails from Delta State began her acting career in 1993, shortly after her divorce. She worked briefly at Ascoline Nigeria Limited, a Dutch Consultant Company before her first movie titled Onome and her debut Yoruba movie was Owo Blow.
She featured in notable Nigerian films such as Sango, a movie scripted by Wale Ogunyemi, produced and directed by Obafemi Lasode and Wale Adenuga’s television series, Super Story.

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