• Buhari’s Chief of Staff visited Germany, Egypt after Nigeria’s index case
• Osinbajo, top Aso Rock officers, Kogi gov shuffle into self-isolation
• Fright in Bauchi as Gov Mohammed’s bound space is confirmed
• 62-365 days-used UK returnee tests bound in Ogun, 32 contacts isolated
Fright on Tuesday gripped some governors and ministers as the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and the Bauchi Relate Governor, Bala Mohammed, tested bound for COVID-19.
The panic amongst the governors and the ministers stemmed from the very fact that Kyari after his return from international journeys a pair of days ago attended the Federal Executive Council assembly on Wednesday, whereas Mohammed turned into once at the National Executive Council assembly on Thursday.
Kyari, after Nigeria recorded the first coronavirus case on February 27 visited Germany and Egypt. In Germany, he and the Minister of Energy, Saleh Mamman, on March 9, met Siemens officers over the vitality deal signed with the corporate.
A top executive legitimate, who confided in The PUNCH, acknowledged there turned into once instruct that Kyari and Mohammed might presumably be pleased contaminated some ministers and governors.
The provision acknowledged, “Fright has gripped governors. Kyari went into isolation on Monday, but earlier than that, he had attended the FEC assembly and additionally travelled to Kogi Relate to sympathise with the thunder Governor, Yahaya Bello over the demise of his mother.
“Moreover Bauchi governors attended the NEC assembly on Thursday. There are fears that every and every of them might presumably be pleased contaminated their colleagues with the disease.”
Moreover gripped with dread had been these who had visited the Villa in the closing one week and met Kyari.
As panic gripped governors and ministers, the Nigeria Centre for Illness Administration acknowledged on Tuesday COVID-19 circumstances had increased to 44 from 40 on Monday.
The NCDC, in its twitter handle, acknowledged eight confirmed circumstances had been recorded in Abuja, one in Bauchi Relate, one in Edo Relate, one in Ekiti Relate, 29 in Lagos Relate and three in Ogun Relate.
“As at 06: 25pm on 24th March, there are 44 confirmed circumstances of #COVID-19 in Nigeria. Two be pleased been discharged with one demise,” the NCDC acknowledged.
A top offer at the Federal Ministry of Well being confirmed to The PUNCH that Kyari, who impartial recently returned from Germany, turned into once amongst these who tested bound on Tuesday.
He, on the different hand, acknowledged the President, Vital-Traditional Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had tested unfavorable but the President would be tested all over again in a pair of days.
At 65, Kyari is one in every of the oldest folks in Nigeria with a confirmed case of the radical coronavirus. SaharaReporters had reported on Tuesday that the President’s chief of staff turned into once coughing.
The diagnosis of Kyari with COVID-19 created fears at the Presidential Villa and amongst governors, who attended the National Executive Council assembly with him on Thursday closing week.
The PUNCH learnt that some very top officers at the Presidential Villa had long gone on self-isolation to play right over coronavirus.
Among them are Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.
Moreover on self-isolation are senior directors and discontinuance aides to the Chief of Staff to the President.
Findings indicated that Osinbajo didn’t story to office on Tuesday. On Monday, he turned into once billed to originate a digital radio draw owned by the Federal Avenue Safety Commission, but the tournament turned into once lengthen .
The Vice-President reported boring to work previous midday on Monday, not like earlier than when he came very early in the morning.
The trends came after experiences indicated on Tuesday that Kyari tested bound for coronavirus earlier on Monday.
The Chief of Staff had attended closing Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council assembly and had contact with many top officers of executive, alongside with the President, Vital Traditional Muhammadu Buhari (retd.); Osinbajo; the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha; and the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan.
Many ministers additionally attended the FEC assembly, alongside with these of finance/funds/nationwide planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed; neatly being, Dr Osagie Ehanire; Aviation, Hadi Sirika; records and tradition, Mr Lai Mohammed; and thunder, transportation, Gbemisola Saraki.
Following Kyari’s bound take a look at consequence, Buhari turned into once reportedly tested and his consequence turned into unfavorable.
Nonetheless, presidential spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, failed to answer enquiries on the matter by The PUNCH.
He additionally failed to answer a explicit query on whether or no longer he had self-isolated himself, as a results of his neatly-liked contact with Kyari.
Nonetheless he educated journalists of numerous newspapers, who additionally reached out to him, that he might presumably no longer talk over with them “like minded now.”
Osinbajo’s media aide, Mr Laolu Akande, additionally didn’t answer to enquiries by The PUNCH on his boss’ alleged self-isolation, although he turned into once in his (Laolu) office on Tuesday.
On the different hand, Akande later confirmed on his twitter handle, @akandeoj, the fac that Osinbajo turned into once on self-isolation.
He tweeted, “VP Osinbajo yesterday (Monday) at the office performed his conferences by technique of video conferencing, whereas searching at social distancing. As of late (Tuesday), he continues his work from the house office, as he’s in self-isolation in step with Nigerian Centre for Illness Administration protocols.”
A executive legitimate explained that the Presidential Job Power on COVID -19 would officially stammer the resolution that every particular person executive officers exposed to Kyari have to proceed on self-isolation.
“The duty pressure will construct that announcement. That is the settlement taken after discussions across several layers of executive. Nonetheless, it is a long way correct that Osinbajo is on self-isolation,” the legitimate added.
The Technical Assistant to the VP (Novel Media), Mr Philip Obin, later tweeted that the VP held a gathering by technique of video conferencing on Tuesday.
The usage of his twitter handle, @PhillipObin, he wrote, “#COVID-19compliant @ProfOsinbajo stunning concluded a gathering by technique of video conferencing, as he continues to discharge his legitimate responsibilities as the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The tweet turned into once accompanied by three photos taken at the acknowledged assembly. In a single, the VP is considered wearing a clinical cowl and clutching his ipad. Within the 2nd characterize and third photos, he’s confirmed sitting at a round table with numerous contributors and his aides.
On the different hand, there are two empty chairs each and every rows in between Osinbajo and the others.
The tweet turned into once to bring the message that the VP turned into once smooth working, although in self-isolation. Around the VP’s office, the bulk of aides had been considered wearing face masks.
The arrangement came as members of the PTF on COVID -19 made a dramatic consult with to the Relate Condo on Tuesday. The members had been led by the Chairman, Mr Boss Mustapha. Mustapha is the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation.
The members declined to thunder their mission, but it turned into once noticed that they filed straight to a floor accommodating the office of Kyari. They made a transient inspection, discussed for about 15 minutes and left in two white Coaster buses.
Mustapha merely educated journalists, “We’re going to transient the media later.” The members drove off with out making additional comments.
Excluding the SGF, numerous members of the PTF on COVID-19 sighted at the Villa had been Minister of Well being, Prof Osagie Ehanire; Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika; Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Recordsdata and Custom, Mr Lai Mohammed; Minister of International Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Distress Administration, Mrs Sadiya Umar-Farouk; and the Minister of Relate Well being, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora.
Within the intervening time, Buhari and his Katsina dwelling Relate Governor, Mr Aminu Masari, held a gathering at the Relate Condo on Tuesday.
The agenda of the assembly turned into once unknown, but Masari left the Relate Condo about 12.47pm after assembly with Buhari. He declined to keep up a correspondence with Relate Condo correspondents.
As Masari exited the Villa, the National Security Adviser, Vital Traditional Babagana Monguno (retd.); Director-Traditional, Division of Relate Services and products, Yusuf Bichi; and the Inspector-Traditional of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, arrived for but one more separate assembly with Buhari.
The agenda of their assembly turned into once anticipated to specialise in security. They didn’t keep up a correspondence with journalists.
Kyari’s three aides take a look at bound
On Tuesday evening, three aides of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, reportedly tested bound for coronavirus.
Recordsdata at the disposal of The PUNCH indicated that they had been requested to self-isolate.
Kogi gov, Bello, goes into self-isolation
The Kogi Relate governor, Bello, has additionally long gone into self- isolation, following experiences that the Chief of Staff to the President tested bound for COVID-19.
Bello shook fingers with Kyari closing week when the latter attended the burial of his mother precisely on March 17, 2020. A discontinuance aide to Bello acknowledged the governor would be tested for the virus.
He acknowledged, “I’m succesful of reveal to you that his Excellency has long gone into self-isolation and is being tested for COVID-19. The outcome can be announced on Wednesday.”
Others who attended the burial alongside Kyari consist of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu; and Minister of Special Duties, Senator George Akume.
Fright in Bauchi as gov tests bound
In Bauchi Relate, the Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, additionally tested bound for coronavirus.
The governor had on Monday long gone into self-isolation after having contact with a son of dilapidated Vice President Atiku Abubakar in a international nation an Aero Contractors flight from Lagos to Abuja.
Atiku’s son, Mohammed, tested bound for the disease on Sunday evening. His father acknowledged he impartial recently travelled to Switzerland.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Bauchi Relate governor on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, in the assertion on Tuesday, acknowledged the take a look at performed on Mohammed turned into once bound.
He acknowledged, “That is to thunder the total public that the implications of the six initial tests implemented by the Centre for Illness Administration on His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed, his family and aides that accompanied him to Lagos are out.
“Of the six initial tests implemented, one sample turned into once confirmed to be bound for COVID-19. The bound consequence occurred to be that of His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed, the Executive Governor of Bauchi Relate.
“At this point, it wants to be neatly-known that the governor is in self-isolation as his docs and officers from the Nigeria Centre for Illness Administration be pleased taken corpulent imprint of his quarantine.”
Within the intervening time, the conclude consequence of the governor has created panic in the thunder, namely amongst these who attended events with him after his return from Lagos.
The governor attended the foundation laying of 2,500 housing items on Saturday at Dungal Village and a stakeholders engagement at the Council Chamber of the Authorities Condo Bauchi on Sunday.
The foundation laying turned into once attended by some used rulers, the thunder Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela, the Secretary to the Relate Authorities, Sabi’u Baba; the Chief of Staff Authorities Condo, the Managing Director, Family Homes Funds Shrimp, Femi Adewale, and Ambassador Adamu Jumba, who represented the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed.
The governor, in a assertion on Tuesday by Umar Saidu on behalf of the Head of Civil Service, acknowledged civil servants from grade 1 to 12 have to protect at dwelling.
30 these who had contact with Bauchi gov undergoing COVID-19 take a look at
Moreover, the thunder executive acknowledged the blood samples of no fewer than 30 these who had discontinuance contact with the governor had been taken for testing.
The chief directed that every particular person these who had contact with Mohammed to arrangement forward to be tested and can isolate themselves.
The Commissioner for Well being in the thunder, Dr. Aliyu Maigoro, disclosed this to journalists on Tuesday evening in Bauchi.
He acknowledged that four isolation centres had been created at the Toro Traditional Sanatorium, the Federal Medical Centre, Azare; Specialist Sanatorium in Bauchi and the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Instructing Sanatorium in Bauchi.
Bauchi Islamic colleges defy govt
The thunder Ministry of Education condemned the refusal of some Islamic and Qur’anic colleges in the thunder to discontinuance down despite the executive’s directive.
The thunder governor had, on Sunday directed that every particular person colleges in the thunder be closed as from Monday.
Mohammed acknowledged the converse for all colleges across the thunder to be closed down indefinitely turned into once segment of measures to present protection to in opposition to the unfold of Lassa fever and coronavirus in the thunder.
Nonetheless on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Aliyu Tilde,acknowledged some Islamic colleges had but to conform with the directive.
He acknowledged this in a assertion written in Hausa which he signed and issued to newsmen in Bauchi on Tuesday.
He acknowledged, “The Ministry of Education has noticed with dread that up til now, there are some Islamic and Qur’anic colleges which be pleased refused to discontinuance down despite executive’s directive to attain to be succesful to private any unfold of the coronavirus.
“It has change into an vital to present protection to those almajiris stunning as young folks in the formal college draw are being protected. These almajiris arrangement from numerous aspects and to boot they return to where they came from all the design through the rainy season.”
62-365 days-used UK returnee tested bound in Ogun, 32 isolated
On its segment, the Ogun Relate Authorities confirmed that a 62-365 days-used man who impartial recently returned from the United Kingdom had tested bound for COVID -19.
The thunder Commissioner for Well being, Dr Tomi Coker, disclosed this on Tuesday whereas briefing journalists on the coronavirus in the thunder.
Coker, at the briefing attended by the Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Public Communications, Remmy Hazzan, acknowledged 32 contacts had been isolated.
Coker acknowledged the case turned into once a resident of Sagamu and that he impartial recently arrived in the nation from the United Kingdom on March 17 earlier than he started showing signs of COVID -19.
She acknowledged the case supplied a history of cough few days after he got to his space in Sagamu and turned into once later tested bound for COVID -19.
The commissioner disclosed that 28 caregivers and 4 members of the family that had contacts with him had been at the isolation centre at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Instructing Sanatorium, Sagamu.
She acknowledged, “As of late, we be pleased a newly confirmed COVID-19 in Ogun Relate. The acknowledged case is 62-365 days-used man who resides in Sagamu.
“He had history of most up-to-the-minute commute. He travelled on the 17th of March. He supplied history of cough and turned into once tested and the take a look at came out bound. Our priority in the meanwhile is to offer like the gentleman . He has been transferred to our isolation centre which is found at the OOUTH, Sagamu.”
On contact tracing ,Coker acknowledged, “He has impartial recently returned from the United Kingdom and we be pleased contacted all his contacts who’re 28 caregivers and 4 members of his family, 32 altogether.
“Now we be pleased been ready to contact them. He has been very responsible by keeping aside himself since he arrived, subsequently it makes our job reasonably easy in tracing his contacts.”
Sanwo-Olu shuts markets, reduces gathering restrict to 25
As segment of measures to curb the unfold of the virus, the Lagos Relate Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday ordered the closure of all markets in the thunder aside from meals markets and these promoting an vital commodities.
Sanwo-Olu, at a press convention, acknowledged the closure of the markets would take hang of attain from Thursday and would closing for seven days in the first instance.
He neatly-known that there had been an construct bigger in the total quantity of confirmed circumstances nationwide, with Lagos recording one of the best quantity.
Explaining more measures to establish COVID-19 unfold, he acknowledged, “All start markets and retail outlets are directed to discontinuance, aside from for sellers of meals and medicines, clinical gear and numerous an vital lifestyles-saving products. While you plunge into the aforementioned categories, it is a long way imperative that they give the impression of being an vital precautionary measures of social distancing.”
Mass gatherings reduced to 25 from 50
“Enable us to refrain from gatherings or congregations of any sort at all at the present; and where we should absolutely bag, we are changing that directive, efficient from Thursday from 50 to 25.”
He acknowledged Lagos might presumably no longer come up with the money for a total lockdown as a result of industrial implication but measures wants to be save in space to establish the unfold of the virus.
The governor acknowledged, “It is not any longer a total lockdown; we smooth want folks on an vital products and companies to head about their neatly-liked activities. We are attempting to de-centralise markets in Lagos. That is why we are searching to make use of some of our closed colleges as markets, so folks can take meals and medication with out going a lengthy distance.
“We’re going to overview the resolution after a week. If we scrutinize a decelerate, certainly we are succesful of bag back to work. We attain no longer are searching to discontinuance down, we stunning are searching to be proactive. We want folks to stunning cool down the unfold so that we bag to where we want to bag to faster and faster,” Sanwo-Olu acknowledged.
Lagos monitoring 1,800 folks
The governor added that the thunder turned into once monitoring 1,800 these who might presumably want had contact with any of the confirmed circumstances.
The Relate Commissioner for Well being, Prof. Akin Abayomi, acknowledged the bulk of the confirmed circumstances had been imported.
“Out of the 30 bound circumstances we be pleased in Lagos, the bulk are imported, about 20, whereas five are contacts that we be pleased been tracing and the remaining five are circumstances we have not any thought of where they obtained the infection,” he acknowledged.
Fling into isolation, commissioner tells AMVCA attendees
Moreover, the commissioner educated folks that attended African Magic viewers’ Preference Award to enter self-isolation as they’ll also be pleased been exposed to the virus.
In a tweet, he acknowledged,”I hereby snarl you that every particular person contributors at the African Magic viewers’ Preference Award (AMVCA) held on14th March at @EkoHotels might presumably be pleased arrangement in contact with one in every of the confirmed circumstances in Lagos and are most inclined to be pleased been exposed to #COVID-19 An infection.
“Attendees at the acknowledged tournament are subsequently educated to: look strict self- isolation, name our #TollFree line 08000corona in the occasion that they gaze any of the #COVID19 related signs, Let’s #TakeResponsibility by practicing #SocialDistancing to conclude the unfold of the virus.”
Convert FGCs’ hostels to isolation centres, Reps screech FG
The Condo of Representatives has requested the Federal Authorities to convert the hostels in the Federal Authorities colleges across Nigeria to isolation centres for suspected circumstances of coronavirus.
The Condo additionally revolved to ask the management of the Central Monetary institution of Nigeria led by the Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to transient the parliament on the industrial measures being taken to cushion the attain of the pandemic on the economy and the folks.
These are aspects of the resolutions passed in step with a plod of urgent public importance jointly sponsored by the leadership of the Condo.
The plod turned into once titled, ‘The Need for the Federal Authorities to Adopt Emergency Measures to Offer protection to the Of us and Economy of Nigeria from the Potentially Dire Penalties of a Sleek of the COVID-19 Illness Amongst the Inhabitants.’
Adopting the plod unanimously, the Condo directed the Federal Ministry of Education to “straight away construct readily available hostels in the now-vacated Federal Authorities Colleges across the nation for use as emergency care centres and isolation items by the Federal Ministry of Well being and the National Centre for Illness Administration, if it becomes an vital to attain so, to retain an eye on high numbers of folks requiring medication from the COVID-19 disease.”
Moreover, the Condo mandated the Federal Ministry of Well being and the NCDC to “straight away construct contingency plans for the institution of emergency care facilities at the FGCs. These contingency plans have to consist of imprint estimates for the provision of gear, field matter, medicines and numerous such requirements as might presumably change into an vital.”
Coronavirus take a look at kits arrangement in Nigeria
Nigeria’s portion of the coronavirus kits donated by Jack Ma Foundation and Ali Baba Foundation to Africa Union Member States arrived in the nation on Tuesday.
The donations had been introduced into the cargo dwelling of the Murtala Muhammed World Airport, Lagos by an Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane.
The Authorities of Ethiopia on Monday got a consignment of clinical gear from the foundations.
The cargo incorporated over 1.5 million laboratory diagnostic take a look at kits and over 100 a total bunch infection prevention and retain an eye on commodities.
This support initiative turned into once launched by the Top Minister of Ethiopia, Dr Abiy Ahmed, the Jack Ma Foundation, and Alibaba Foundation as segment of actions in opposition to the implementation of the Africa joint continental arrangement for COVID-19 led by the African Union through Africa Centres for Illness Administration.
Every AU member thunder is anticipated to bag gear consisting 20,000 laboratory diagnostic take a look at kits, 100,000 clinical masks, and 1000 protective suits and face shields to the fight in opposition to COVID-19.
Earth cleansing itself, its inhabitants, says Zahra Buhari
Within the intervening time, Zahra Buhari-Indimi, daughter of the President, Vital Traditional Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has acknowledged the earth is “cleansing” itself and its inhabitants.
Though the President’s daughter didn’t tag what the earth turned into once being cleansed of, several Nigerians on social media interpreted her observation as an allusion to the coronavirus pandemic.
Buhari-Indimi, who made the assertion in an Instagram myth on Tuesday, acknowledged, “Earth cleansing itself and its inhabitants. Karma is potentially the most affected person gangster ever.”
Several Nigerians on social media derided the observation.On Twitter, @JVA_001 acknowledged, “That is the insensitive post that Zahra Buhari determined to placed on her reviews at the present. This stunning presentations how a long way eradicated from fact these folks are.
“No compassion at this form of devastating time where households are in mourning and worried. Reprehensible you’re snarl the least.”
@Dr_GoodStuff acknowledged, “Bravo! Is she in Vital 2?”
@heitch acknowledged, “Let’s know your space. If some folks we all know but I won’t mention take a look at bound, then I’ll have faith her.”
F G refuses to conclude local flight despite unfold of Covid-19
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has acknowledged there is no longer a be pleased to conclude local flights despite a ban on gatherings of over 50 folks by the executive.
Bauchi Relate Governor, Bala Mohammed, who tested bound for Covid19, is believed to be pleased shriveled the disease from Mohammed Atiku Abubakar on an Aero Contractors flight from Lagos to Abuja closing week.
The spokesperson for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Sam Adurogboye, acknowledged over 50 folks might presumably be allowed in an aircraft for the explanation that total passengers must be pleased long gone through the vital screening process.
He acknowledged, “All passengers in an aircraft be pleased been screened. Now not lower than their space has been ascertained by virtue of the screening they went through earlier than boarding the aircraft.
“To be succesful to an extent passengers in an aircraft are protected because they’ve had their fingers sanitised and their temperatures checked earlier than they got onto the plane.”
When requested if these who tested bound for coronavirus in Abuja after they had joined flights from Lagos had been no longer screened wisely at the Ikeja airport, Adurogboye argued that nearly the total contaminated folks had been travellers who had visited international international locations.
He acknowledged, “That you can even scrutinize that nearly the total circumstances are coming from these who travelled to places start air this nation. So there could be a want for folk to conform and abide by directions.
“The instruction is that whenever you arrangement in Nigeria from in a international nation, the first ingredient to attain is to self-isolate yourself. Of us appear to be neglecting this, but, of route, it is a long way not time to blame. Rather it is a long way time to offer solutions and for folk to attain the acceptable ingredient.”
Moreover talking to The PUNCH, the Managing Director of Aero Contractors, Ado Sanusi, acknowledged the airline had taken acceptable steps to make certain that that COVID-19 turned into once no longer unfold.
He acknowledged, “We in aviation check temperature of passengers and attain social distancing as mighty as we can. When any individual comes to our counter, he’s educated no longer to shake any individual and maintained some distances
“Temperature is generally checked at MM2 and passengers are given hand sanitisers and our crew has been trained on social distancing.”
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• Buhari’s Chief of Staff visited Germany, Egypt after Nigeria’s index case