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Impending doom looms with rise of Covid-19 cases US official warns

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Impending doom looms with rise of Covid-19 cases US official warns

Even as the country continues to surpass projections on vaccine distribution, a top US health official has advised of “impending doom” due to rising COVID-19 cases.

Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said she was “going to reflect on the recurring sense of imminent doom” during a news conference on Monday.

“We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and opportunity in where we are, and so much cause for hope,” she told reporters, “but right now, I’m scared.”

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the US is still averaging 63,000 new cases per day as of March 29, despite an average of 2.7 million vaccine jabs being distributed across the country per day over the last week. This is an increase after a recent plateau in new infections.

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According to the White House, more than 145.8 million vaccine doses have been distributed since the country’s vaccination campaign started late last year, with 73 percent of seniors receiving their first dose.

By April 19, 90 percent of all US adults will be eligible for the vaccine, according to President Joe Biden.

Andy Slavitt, the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the announcement was “good news”, but warned that Americans need to continue to follow public health guidelines.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the White House Chief Medical Adviser, told CBS on Sunday that the increase in cases could be due to “stuff like spring break and a pullback on prevention methods.”

Despite the CDC’s guidelines, several states, such as Texas and Mississippi, have lifted restrictions and mask mandates. Businesses are still able to enforce the restrictions.

The US has reported more than 30.2 million COVID-19 cases and more than 549,000 coronavirus-related deaths as of Monday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally and in line with reports released by Aljazeera.

“I think we’re on the right track. We can’t, however, slow down. Millions of people are still unvaccinated and at risk, according to Slavitt.

While we continue to hope for the best results as regards the continuous rise of the Covid-19 virus all over the world and with the continual mass vaccination going on in various countries of the world, everyone is advised to stay safe and continue to adhere to the Covid-19 protocols.

 

 

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El-Rufai vows not to pay ransom if Son kidnapped, Prays he makes heaven instead

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El-Rufai vows not to pay ransom if Son kidnapped, Prays he makes heaven instead

Governor Nasir El-Rufai vows not to pay ransom if Son kidnapped, or for the release of any kidnapped victim in the state. This comes after a statement from previous interviews where he said categorically that said kidnappers do not deserve to live and should all be wiped out.

El-Rufai said that even though his son is kidnapped, he would not pay a ransom. I’d rather pray for him to go to heaven than pay any ransom, the governor said during a radio interview in Kaduna.

He reiterated that he has cautioned his family members to be cautious to avoid being kidnapped, emphasizing that he had already made it clear to them that he will never pay a ransom for their release if any of them are kidnapped.

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“I mean it, and I will say it again, here. Even if my son is kidnapped, I will rather pray for him to make heaven instead, because I won’t pay any ransom.”

The governor has been under pressures to find and free the abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry and Mechanisation in Kaduna and went on to reiterate that the government is looking at other ways to secure their release.  He did, however, rule out paying the ransom as part of those ways being considered.

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Abia State Gov. shuts down school over explosives found in premises

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Abia State Gov. shuts down school over explosives found in premises

Abia State Gov. shuts down school over explosives found in premises of a primary school within its state capital. The Abia State Government announced that an investigation has started to “unravel the origins and nature” of the alleged explosive devices discovered at Union Primary School in Afaraukwu, Umuahia.

Okiyi Kalu, the Commissioner for Information, announced this in a statement released in Umuahia on Thursday.

Mr Kalu said that the state government has begun collaborating with appropriate security agencies in the state regarding the progress.

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According to the statement, “an initial inspection of the instruments reveals signs of corrosion, raising the possibility that the artefacts are civil war remnants.”

“We are awaiting a definitive formal report from the Nigeria Police Explosives Ordnance Disposal unit, which is reportedly investigating the incident.”

While he made it clear that the school had been briefly closed by the authorities, he also claimed that the requisite precautions have been taken to secure the school’s students and employees, “with security sweeps underway.”

Even as Mr Okiyi Kalu expressed the government’s gratitude to God for no loss of life or property, he went ahead to say that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had ordered security agents to conduct a serious investigation and come up with preventive checks as well as measures in other vulnerable areas of the state.

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Breaking: Nigerian Activist Yinka Odumakin is dead

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Breaking: Nigerian Activist Yinka Odumakin is dead

According to reports reaching Izzygong; Spokesman Afenifere, Human Rights Activist, Nationalist and a true democrat Yinka Odumakin is dead.

While the circumstances of his death are still unknown, a source told Daily Trust that he died as a result of COVID-19 complications.

After the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election, Odumakin was a core member of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), which fought General Sani Abacha’s rule.

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He was also a spokeswoman for the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum (SMBLF), an organization that represents ethnic groups from the South-West, South-South, South-East, and Middle Belt.

Odumakin, who is married to another activist, Dr Joe Odumakin, has been a vocal critic of the current administration.

He has repeatedly chastised the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for perceived bias and favouritism in the recruitment of officials to different positions.

He was also outspoken in his criticism of killers’ actions in Yorubaland.

He recently cautioned the Federal Government not to arrest Sunday Igboho, who recently gave a quit notice to Fulani herders in Ibarapa, Oyo State, and expelled the Sarkin Fulani in Igangan.

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