YouTube Removes 1 Million ‘Dangerous’ Videos on COVID-19

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YouTube said Wednesday it has removed more than one million videos with “dangerous coronavirus misinformation” since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement by the Google-owned video platform comes as social media platforms are under fire from political leaders for failing to stem the spread of false and harmful misinformation and disinformation about the virus and other topics. YouTube said in a blog post it relies on “expert consensus from health organizations,” including the US Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, but noted that, in some…

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Why We Didn’t Approve Herbal Medicine for COVID-19 Treatment – NAFDAC

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has given reasons why it has yet to approve any herbal medicine for the treatment of COVID-19. This is contained in a statement signed by the agency resident Media Consultant, Mr Olusayo Akintola, and issued to newsmen on Sunday, in Abuja. The statement quoted Prof Moji Adeyeye, NAFDAC Director-General, as saying that “no single drug has been found yet to cure COVID -19”. Adeyeye also warned Nigerians against excessive consumption of onions and garlic with a view to curing…

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Senegal Asks Citizens to Avoid Travelling For Eid Over Virus Risk

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After daily record numbers of Covid-19 infections in recent days, Senegalese health officials recommended Thursday that people refrain from traveling for the Eid al-Adha Muslim festival set to take place next week. In social media posts, health minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr recommended mask-wearing at all times and avoiding “movement and travel during the Tabaski festival”, as the holiday is known in west and central Africa. Families typically mark Tabaski by gathering for a sacrifice, and may travel long distances in crowded cars and buses for the occasion. Diouf Sarr also…

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UNILAG Orders Students To Vacate Hostels Over Fear of COVID-19

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The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has ordered students to vacate their hostels on campus over fears of COVID-19, reports Angeladaviesblog. There were fears in the university community on Tuesday after a number of students contracted the disease. The development led the school management to convey an emergency Senate meeting on Wednesday. In a statement issued after the meeting, the Senate said the students who tested positive for the disease, are being treated, and contact tracing already in place. “The situation is, indeed, worrisome especially noting the reluctance…

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BREAKING: FG Restores COVID-19 Curfew, Restrictions On Mass Gatherings

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BREAKING: FG Restores COVID-19 Curfew, Restrictions On Mass Gatherings           The Federal Government has re-introduced a nationwide 12am to 4am curfew to curtail the further spread of COVID-19. Mohammed said the curfew would take effect from midnight on Monday. The National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Mohammed, disclosed this at the briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 in Abuja. Mohammed, who is the Head of Technical Secretariat of the PSC, made the announcement while briefing reporters on Monday in Abuja. With the restrictions imposed, mass gatherings…

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COVID-19 Spike: FG Restricts Passengers From Brazil, India, Turkey

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COVID-19 Spike: FG Restricts Passengers From Brazil, India, Turkey           The Federal Government has resolved to deny non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, India, or Turkey within 14 days of entry into Nigeria. This decision was part of the decisions reached by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 following increasing cases of COVID-19 and fatalities in some parts of the world. The committee’s chairman, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this in a statement titled ‘Travel advisory for passengers arriving Nigeria from Brazil, India, and Turkey.’ According to…

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Argentine President Tests Positive for COVID-19 After Vaccination

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Argentine President Tests Positive for COVID-19 After Vaccination           Argentine President Alberto Fernandez has tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated against the virus. The president announced his status in a tweet after having a fever of 37.3 and a mild headache. “The antigen test I had today after having a fever of 37.3 and mild headache resulted positive,” Fernandez said. He said he has gone under quarantine even before the result was known. He added that people he came into contact with within the last…

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Adhere To COVID-19 Protocols At Vaccination Centres – Advises Lagos Govt

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Adhere To COVID-19 Protocols At Vaccination Centres – Advises Lagos Govt         The Lagos State Government has called for strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols at vaccination centres in the state. In a statement signed by Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, Director of Public Affairs, the government urges for decorum at the 88 approved vaccination sites across the state. ”As the COVID vaccination exercise resumes tomorrow March 22, 2021, after the weekend break, the State Government is urging eligible persons who fit into the first phase of the vaccination exercise…

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Google.Org’s New Tracking Tool Leverages Global Health Stats To Tackle COVID-19

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Google.Org’s New Tracking Tool Leverages Global Health Stats To Tackle COVID-19 Google.org has joined hands with a consortium of COVID-19 researchers to announce the launch of Global.health. Globa.health is an open-access epidemiological data platform that enables experts to track disease spread in real-time and to forecast future outbreaks, so informing effective government and public response. With the support of Google.org, researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital, Northeastern University and Oxford University created Global.health with the express purpose of leveraging anonymised data from open-access authoritative public health sources to track disease progression.…

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Nigeria Receives First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccines

First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccines

Nigeria has received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines. Nigeria, on Tuesday, received 3.94 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India(SII) and shipped via the COVAX Facility. The United Nations(UN) system in Nigeria made this known in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. Also, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) disclosed via Twitter that Dr Osagie Ehanire, the Federal Minister of Health, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the National Coordinator of NCDC and Dr Faisal Shuaib of NPHCDA…

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