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Covid-19 will be far more deadly’ this year, WHO chief sends out strong warning

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has given a solid admonition that the second year of Coronavirus is set to be “undeniably more deadly.”

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has given a solid admonition that the second year of Coronavirus is set to be “undeniably more deadly.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, (WHO) Director-General gave the admonition on Friday, May 14.

He expressed that “we’re on track for the second year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first.”

The DG added that stream-down immunization is certifiably not a compelling procedure for battling a destructive respiratory virus as Coronavirus has effectively cost more than 3.3 million lives.

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“Vaccine supply remains a key challenge, but this week I’ve been pleased to see leaders & manufacturers working to: share doses with COVAX, make new deals involving tech-transfer and sharing of know-how and call for lifting trade barriers as soon as possible,” Tedros said.

As per the Director-General, in a small bunch of rich nations, lower-risk groups are now being vaccinated.

“I understand why some countries want to vaccinate their children and adolescents, but right now I urge them to reconsider and to instead donate vaccines to COVAX.

Since in low and lower-center pay nations, vaccine supply has not been sufficient to try and immunize wellbeing and care laborers, and emergency clinics are being immersed with individuals that need lifesaving care direly.” He added.

Tedros said that as of now, just 0.3% of the immunization supply is going to low-pay nations.

The pandemic has slaughtered in any event 3,346,813 individuals worldwide since the infection previously arose in late 2019.

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Lagos Resident Matched To Death At Nigerian Customs Office While Trying To Buy ‘Cheap Rice’

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A Lagos State resident whose identity has yet to be known has reportedly died after he was matched at the Nigerian Customs office in Lagos while trying to buy cheap rice, Aso Naija Reports.

The deceased was on the queue with his wife when he fell down and couldn’t get up on time which resulted in people stamping on him.

An X user, Dr. Adunola, @yemoka who said the man died in her hospital, said that the deceased was trampled on after falling at the Customs office trying to get rice.

 

According to her, the deceased was on the queue with his wife when he fell down and couldn’t get up on time which resulted in people stamping on him.

She wrote, “A man just died in my hospital, he was stamped on after falling at the Customs office trying to get rice.

He was on the queue with his wife when he fell down and couldn’t get up on time which resulted in people stamping on him. So sad. Survived by very young children.”

 

Another X user shared another resident of the state who said that he was at the Customs office in the Yaba area of the State to buy rice and there were at least 10,000 people struggling to buy rice but uniformed officers from all forces were given special attention.

 

“I went to that Customs place in Yaba today to buy Rice. Let’s just say this country has zero chance of being better. They beat the shit out of us in the queue.

 

“Uniform officers from all forces were given priority. There are at least 10,000 people. When I had enough, I went back to my house. 5 hours wasted.

 

“The pressure of the people pulled down a section of their fence. Come and see the beating. They even beat one woman in a wheelchair. If you record and they catch you, they will seize your phone,” the resident said.

 

On Tuesday, the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) disclosed that its operatives will distribute all confiscated food products nationwide.

 

The Nigerian Customs Service spokesperson, CSC Abdullahi Maiwada, who made this known in a press statement said that the decision was taken to alleviate the current hardships faced by Nigerians and to solve serious problems of food security and the skyrocketing prices of basic food items in the country.

 

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Blackout: Corpses Are Decomposing In Army Mortuaries — COAS Lagbaja Says 

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Taoreed Lagbaja, says that corpse in mortuaries in some barracks of the Nigerian Army are decomposing over an ongoing power outage, Aso Naija Reports.

The Army chief disclosed this when he visited the Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, in Abuja, to seek intervention in its N42 billion debt owed to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC.

He appealed for the liquidation of the electricity debt of the Nigerian Army following the disconnection of various Army barracks and cantonments by power distribution companies.

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Lagbaja, in a statement issued in Abuja by the media aide to the power minister, Bolaji Tunji, said the main reason for his visit was to discuss the consequences of the power outage in Army formations and the way forward.

“Debt owed is loaded on the meter, so no matter the amount of credit we put, the meters pick it automatically. Corpses in the Army mortuaries are decomposing and the owners of the corpses are protesting,” he said.

Adding that, “the army couldn’t raise funds to pay the entire debt, as he solicited liquidation as was done in 2005 by the then President.“

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Hardship: Lagos Govt Plans Distribution of Palliatives

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, announced his government’s plan to begin distribution of palliatives among other initiatives to ease the effect of high cost of living in the country.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed this in a live media chat with journalists on Thursday.

He said, “On the food palliatives, as we speak, I’m expecting over 200 trailers of rice coming from up north.

“Food purchase and distribution that will cover about 300,000 households that will have 10kg rice, 5kg garri, 5kg beans and have other small things like tomatoes in a combo bag.”

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The governor added that there will be “Sunday Markets” where Lagosians can buy food items at discounted rates.

He said, “We are going to be opening ‘Sunday Markets’ in about 42 markets in Lagos. This time you’ll be buying at a reduced cost. We’re going to cap what you can buy at not more than N25,000 and we’re going to be giving you a 25% rebate immediately there.

 

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Binance Collaborates with Nigerian Government to Enforce Regulatory Compliance on Its Platform

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Binance, a prominent cryptocurrency company, has announced its collaboration with the Nigerian government to address non-compliant activities on its platform in accordance with the country’s regulations, Aso Naija Reports.

In a statement emphasizing its commitment to peer-to-peer (P2P) users in Nigeria, Binance cautioned that individuals engaging in manipulative behavior would be expelled from the platform.

Binance expressed its proactive approach by working closely with local authorities, lawmakers, and regulators to ensure compliance.

To reinforce its commitment, the cryptocurrency exchange platform has implemented several measures, including setting an upper limit for advertisements, filtering and removing inappropriate ads, requiring merchants posting ads to provide higher deposits, and establishing procedures to take action against any market manipulation attempts.

On a recent Tuesday, Binance temporarily disabled the sell option for Nigerian users, preventing them from selling their fiat currency, USDT, on the platform.

Additionally, the buy option for Nigerian users was capped at $1802.

READ ALSO: Federal Government Blocks Binance, OctaFX, Others

Furthermore, Binance disabled the purchase of cryptocurrencies via P2P for Nigerian users, thereby affecting those who intended to sell their cryptocurrency assets such as Bitcoin, BNB, and Ethereum through P2P transactions.

These actions are part of the Nigerian government’s ongoing efforts, led by the Tinubu administration, to address the depreciation of the naira against the dollar.

Additionally, sources close to the Nigerian government have been discussing how cryptocurrencies have provided an avenue for individuals to bypass the country’s initiatives to increase dollar liquidity.

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Forex Crisis: Federal Government Blocks Binance, OctaFX, Others

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The federal government has reportedly blocked the online platforms of Binance and other crypto firms to avert what it considers continuous manipulation of the forex market and illicit movement of funds, Aso Naija Reports.

Sources within the major telecommunication companies in the country on Wednesday evening, February 21, that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) communicated the directive to telcos and they had started acting on it.

Apart from Binance, other platforms such as Forextime, OctaFX, Crypto, FXTM, Coinbase, Kraken, among others, were equally blocked.

READ ALSO: Professor Dies Due to Lack of Access to Quality Medical Care

According to the publication, Presidency and regulatory sources said the government decided to move against Binance and other crypto firms following reports that currency speculators and money launderers were using them to execute criminal activities.

Authorities believe the ‘criminal activities’ going on on platforms are contributing significantly to the weakening of the naira.

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