More than 200 doctors in Lagos have become patients and other #COVID-19 updates across Nigeria

The Medical Guild, Lagos, says more than 200 doctors involved in the fight against COVID-19, have tested positive for the disease.

In a statement, Chairman and Secretary of the Guild, Oluwajimi Sodipo and Ismail Ajibowo, charged the state government to be more committed to the welfare of health workers, especially those treating COVID-19 patients.

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Recovery rate in Nigeria cause for hope

More than 8,000 patients who have recovered from COVID-19 have been discharged within one month in Nigeria.

Although the daily rate dropped to its lowest in one month with 121 recoveries on Tuesday, within the same period, the total has more than doubled, moving from 5,220 to 13,792 patients discharged across the country.

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‘WASSCE cancellation may trigger criminality’

The founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Afe Babalola (SAN), has expressed fear that the cancellation of this year’s West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) may promote criminality.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had last week announced the Federal government’s intention to withdraw Nigeria’s candidates from the examination due to the hazard posed by the spread of COVID-19.

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Local airlines risk collapse as load factor declines

Exactly a week after commercial airlines resumed flight services on Lagos-Abuja route, local airlines are struggling to sustain operations and meet cost as load factor hovers around 40 per cent.

The day-one optimism of about 70 per cent traffic across some of the local carriers has waned. Some of the operators complained about traveller apathy, attendant low patronage and imminent collapse without government support.

To cover cost of operation and improve traffic flow, local airlines have urged the Federal Government to fast-track the release of bailout funds and reopen international routes.

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FG strategises, unveils stimulus package for real sector operators

The Federal Government has assured a coalition of private-sector operators of a N65 billion-stimulus package that would assist them as they face the long-term effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, which has been charged with this task, noted that some of these interventions include a N50 billion survival funds for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and a N15 billion guaranteed uptake scheme to save 500,000 jobs, 40 per cent of which will be reserved for women-owned businesses.

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