The rise in COVID-19 cases over the past several weeks and the arrival of the new omicron variant have prompted warnings from scientists and doctors that medical services in the country could become overstretched in the coming weeks unless drastic action is taken
Germany announced — on Thursday that people without the jab won’t be able to access non-essential shops, restaurants, places of culture or leisure.
The outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel who made the announcement stated that the parliament will debate the possibility of imposing a general vaccine mandate that would come into force as early as February.
The number of registered mobile money accounts per 1000 adults also decreased from 134.82 in 2019 to 60.9 in 2020.
Survey shows Nigerian Banks Closed over 230 Branches, 649 ATMs In 2020. A new survey by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revealed that Nigerian banks closed about 234 branches across the country in 2020 alone due to the economic and health crisis brought on by the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic.
The IMF released the results of the twelfth annual financial access survey for 2021. On a general note, the survey results revealed considerable expansion in the usage of digital financial services during the pandemic, while the usage of traditional financial services remained stable. In specifics, the survey published on the website of the Fund showed also that apart from the cut in the number of branches, 649 Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) were permanently closed from providing financial services to bank customers across the country
How I was ‘banished’ from Nigeria, by Wole Soyinka. It’s a test to detect genetic material from a specific organism, such as a virus. It is a covid-19 travel test requirement for travelers coming in and out of the country.
Nobel laureate and renowned playwright, Wole Soyinka, on Thursday, narrated how he was ‘banished’ from entering Nigeria. In a press conference at Freedom Park, Lagos Island, the Noble laureate said he was denied his right to movement twice.
“Not being able to return to your own country is banishment.” Mr Soyinka said
The Professor of Literature said a few months ago when he wanted to come into the country from Paris, at the point of boarding the aeroplane, he was told he couldn’t get on board. “I had my vaccination, I have taken the 72-hour covid test, I was negative but there was one more, there was a new one called PCR which the Nigerian government had begun to insist on,” he said.
PCR means Polymerase Chain Reaction. It’s a test to detect genetic material from a specific organism, such as a virus. It is a covid-19 travel test requirement for travelers coming in and out of the country.
Mr Soyinka said he believed it was his fault, so he went back to Paris with his luggage. But it happened the second time a week ago despite following all travel protocols and having the PCR, he said. “This time I had my PCR and of course it did not happen to me alone, there were other Nigerians who had a similar scenario, they couldn’t leave because they had already passed the immigration,” he said.
Former personal assistant to controversial crossdresser, Bobrisky, Oye Kyme is allegedly unconscious after contracting Covid-19. Recall that Oye Kyme had once alleged that celebrity billionaire Mompha had a romantic relationship with Bobrisky.
Oye later tendered a public apology after the billionaire threatened her with a lawsuit for defamation of character. She revealed that she does not have any proof to back her claim.
“The worst thing is that their death insurances have not been paid. And we think that they should be paid.
Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has disclosed that the medical sector lost up to 30 doctors to the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
Prof. Innocent Ujah also lamented the non-payment of their death benefits and insurance up till now by the government despite the fact they died in the line of duty. Besides, Professor Ujah lamented that doctors, especially in the South East were owed up to two years salaries a development he said had already affected their moral and called on the affected states to defray the backlog.
He said: “NMA right from the beginning of the pandemic has been very proactive, through advocacy and constructive engagements, dialogue and conversations.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that 159 new COVID-19 cases were reported across 13 states of the federation on Saturday. The agency also said one death was recorded from the virus on Saturday.
The centre, in an update shared on its Facebook page late Saturday night, said the country’s fatality toll from the disease now stands at 2,856.
It added that the latest figure of confirmed cases has increased Nigeria’s infection toll to 210,295, noting that the active cases are 9,248, with 198,191 cases already discharged.
The parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has disclosed that 99.92 per cent of its 2022 budget of over 20 million (20,401,258) Units of Account (UA), will be funded from community levy payment.
99.92 per cent which amounts to the sum of UA 20,386,0009 will be funded from community levy, 0.8 per cent which amounts to UA 16,249 will come from other sources. The parliament also disclosed that the 2022 budget is with zero per cent increase from its 2021 budget.
Kaduna civil servants who are yet to be vaccinated for COVID-19 will from October 31, be denied access to government offices.
The state government also said that visitors will only be permitted entry upon presentation of evidence of registration with the state Ministry of Health for vaccination, while wearing their facemasks.