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Borussia Dortmund were in clinical mood on Saturday afternoon battering Schalke 04 4-0 as Bundesliga returns after coronavirus lockdown.
However, the victory was in an empty stadium with players also observing social distancing during celebration.
19-year-old striking sensation, Haaland opened scoring in 29 before Raphael Guerriro(two goals) and Hazard joined.
NIGERIA-born Dr. James Oniah and his care home director wife, Mary, have died from coronavirus infection in the United Kingdom 10 days apart.
Seventy-nine year old retired radiologist Oniah died on April 24 only for Mary to succumb to the virus on May 4.
They both died at King George Hospital in Ilford, East London, according to the London Mail.
They are survived by three children.
Their son, Okey, 25, described them as wonderful parents.
He said the family was still coming to terms with their tragic deaths.
Dr. Oniah hailed from Onitsha and had studied at the University of Sussex.
Researchers have detected the coronavirus in the semen of both infected and recently recovered patients, just like it was with Ebola virus.
The findings were published May 7 in the journal JAMA Network Open.
The presence of virus in the semen is a new dimension in the knowledge scientists are building up since last December, when the virus surfaced in Wuhan China.
Now scientists know that after the virus enters the human body, no place is sacrosanct anymore.
Apart from the lungs, it reaches the kidneys, heart, liver and gastrointestinal tract and now the reproductive organ.
The scientists however said it is not clear if the virus can be sexually transmitted through contact with semen or whether the virus in semen are viable enough for that.
The study in Shangqiu, China, involved 38 young men who had tested positive for COVID-19 .
Some of them were experiencing symptoms of the disease, while some had recently recovered.
Participants provided semen samples, which doctors analysed for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
The researchers detected SARS-CoV-2 in sperm from six participants, or 16% overall.
Of these, four patients were currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and two patients had recently recovered.
“This is an interesting finding, but it must be confirmed that there is infectious virus — not just a virus product in the semen,” Dr. Stanley Perlman, a professor of microbiology, immunology and paediatrics at the University of Iowa, who was not involved in the study, told the New York Times.
In addition, it’s unclear how long the virus lingers in semen, given that participants in the study were still showing symptoms of COVID-19 or had only recently recovered, two or three days before.
A former member of House of Representatives, Ibrahim Mohammed Baba, has raised alarm that about 100 persons may have died from COVID-19 related illnesses in Azare, Bauchi state in the past one week.
He said this in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari published on Saturday.
Baba, who represented Katagum Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives said the ravaging pandemic has killed about 100 people in the town so far, a situation he said, has resulted into panic and confusion.
He noted that the proximity of Azare to Bauchi, Kano and some major cities in Jigawa State made the people of the town susceptible to the virus.
The letter reads:
“Your Excellency, I write to draw your kind attention to the massive outbreak of Coronavirus in Azare town and environs in Bauchi State, which has already resulted in over 100 fatalities in the last one week and this has thrown the entire area into great mourning, panic and confusion.
“The centrality and proximity of Azare to Bauchi, Kano and some major cities of Jigawa State make the town’s large population susceptible to the virus due to the already existing large cases of the disease in those areas.
“Consequently therefore, I wish to appeal to your Excellency to direct the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control and the Presidential Task force on COVID-19 to urgently reach out to Azare town with all the necessary facilities and palliatives to assist the communities there.
“And to help in this expected effort, may I draw your attention to the fact that at the Opthamology unit and laboratory have already been built and equipped by the Central Bank of Nigeria at the Azare Federal Medical Centre since 2013 but have not been commissioned and put to use up till now. This facility can be repurposed to a COVID-19 test and treatment centre provided the right equipments are added, including ventilators.
“As a matter of life and death, I have the utmost trust in your sense of patriotism and commitment to the well-being of Nigerians that you will assist the beleaguered people of Azare town and environs to overcome this harrowing situation.”
Azare, the second biggest town in Bauchi State lost one of its prominent sons on Thursday.
He was Justice Dahiru Saleh, a former federal judge, who annulled the June 12, 1993, presidential election.
Although he was over 80 years old, the retired judge was believed to have died from COVID-19 complications.
Russia posted another high figure of confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, the 7th day in a row.
According to the country’s health authorities, a fresh 10,817 cases were registered in the last 24 hours.
This was bigger than the 10,699 posted on Friday.
The new figure took the national total to 198,676, less than 2,000 from hitting the 200,000 mark.
However, Russia announced 104 new deaths.
The fatality toll in Europe’s new virus epicentre is now 1,867.
This is far beyond the range reported by other European countries with six-figure infections.
Germany with 170,588 infections has 7510 deaths.
Britain with 211,364 cases has the highest death toll of 31,241.
Spain, the worst-hit virus hit nation in Europe with 262,783 cases has a death figure of 26,478.
This was after reporting fresh deaths totalling 179 and new infections totalling 2,666.
On Friday, Spain posted higher figures of cases and deaths.
According to worldometers.info, there were 3,262 cases filed on Friday. The death toll same day was 229.
Coronavirus death toll in Nigeria has climbed to 103, with five new deaths recorded by the nation on Wednesday.
According to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, five new deaths recorded on Wednesday took the nation’s death toll to 103.
Of the 103 people who died of Coronavirus, 30 of them were from Lagos, while Borno recorded 14 deaths.
Kano has recorded 13 deaths so far, after two people died on Wednesday.
Katsina and Sokoto States have recorded eight deaths each, while FCT, Edo and Osun have recorded four deaths each.
While Delta has three deaths, Ogun, Oyo, Zamfara, Akwa Ibom and Rivers have recorded two deaths each.
Kaduna, Jigawa, Yobe, Ekiti and Nasarawa, have all recorded one death each.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of retired Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, as Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund.
This is in pursuant to the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Establishment Act 2019.
The President also approved the appointments of the following as Executive Secretary and members of the Board respectively:
1. Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto – Executive Secretary
2. Mr Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri – Representing Ministry of Police Affairs
3. Inspector-General of Police – Representing Nigeria Police Force
4. Usman Bilkisu – Representing Ministry of Justice
5. Mr Ben Akabueze (DG, Budget and National Planning) – Representing Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning
6. Engr. Mansur Ahmed – Representing Organised Labour
7. Dr. Michael Bamidele Adebiyi – Representing Civil Society Group.
A statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, said the above appointments were in furtherance of the Buhari administration’s commitment and drive to retooling Policing Architecture in the country by emplacing the Police Trust Fund to meet the aspiration of a well-funded, equipped and highly professional Nigeria Police Force in line with international best practices.
“This objective informed President Buhari’s re-establishment of the Ministry of Police Affairs on August 20, 2019.
“The President also commended state governors, members of the National Assembly and Nigerians for their patriotic and spirited efforts at reforming Policing Architecture to deepen the country’s internal security.
”The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi will announce the inauguration date of the Board of Trustees of the Police Trust Fund,” the statement said.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday sent his goodwill and prayers to the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk Umar.
This followed the Emir’s sudden admission to the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina State.
The Emir of the President’s hometown was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre on Tuesday night with symptoms of COVID—19.
He was reportedly rushed to hospital unconscious after suffering from high blood pressure.
The monarch was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit.
On Monday, Governor Aminu Masari had put the palace under quarantine, after coronavirus cases exploded in the state.
The first index case of the virus was recorded in the town weeks ago.
Since then, the town has logged a total of 92 cases, making it the 6th worst hit in the country.
President Buhari, who holds the traditional title of “Bayajidda” Daura, said ”he received the news of the Emir’s sudden illness with concern.
He expressed best wishes for the speedy recovery of the monarch.”
“I join the Daura Emirate and the entire people of Katsina State in praying for the recovery of our humble and dedicated Emir, Alhaji Umar Farouk Umar,” the President said.
The President expressed satisfaction with the reported progress and recovery of the Emir since his hospitalization.
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has placed the mother of late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini, Alhaja Sikiratu, on a monthly stipend of N10,000.
Mr Olaitan Shittu, a representative of the Minister of Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, disclosed this at Ijagbo, near Offa in Kwara on Wednesday, when he donated Ramadan gifts on behalf of the minister to the aged mother.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the minister donated the sum of N50,000 as part of the Ramadan gifts to Yekini’s mother.
Some of the items donated with the cash included a 50 kg bag of rice, 10 kg bag of wheat and six tins of Milo beverage drink.
Shittu explained that it was not the first time the minister was reaching out to Alhaja Yekini as he was also at her residence in September, 2019.
He said that the Ministry would also be extending the same gesture to the mother of late Super Eagles player, Samuel Okwaraji.
Responding, Alhaja Yekini, who spoke in her local dialect (Yoruba), thanked the minister and prayed fervently for him.
“I have been abandoned for a long time and have not seen any help from anyone.
“I was hospitalised for few days some months ago and I did catered for myself despite scarce resources: even last month, I received treatment from the hospital.
“I need help from Nigerians, but this minister has done very well, especially remembering me in this holy month of Ramadan.
“Since my son died, it has been very tough for me because I do not have any help from people.
“Rashidi’s siblings are not doing well too, so, I was left to struggle for life everyday,” she said.
NAN recalls that late Yekini died eight years ago in Ibadan after retiring from football.
His professional career spanned more than two decades and was mainly associated with Vitória de Setúbal in Portugal.
Besides playing for Nigeria, Yekini also played in six other countries including Ivory Coast.
Yekini scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international from 58 games and represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country’s first-ever goal in the competition against Bulgaria in the USA ’94 World Cup.
He was also named the African Footballer of the Year in 1993.
The Nigerian Government has extended closure of airspace and airports across the country by four weeks.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha disclosed this on Wednesday during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
He said, “Tomorrow marks the last day for the enforcement of the closure of Nigeria’s airspace to flights.
“We have assessed the situation in the aviation industry and have come to the conclusion that given the facts available to us and based on the advice of experts, the ban on all flights will be extended for an additional four weeks.”
Mustapha, however, said the minister for aviation, Hadi Sirika, would provide further details on the directive.
The Nigerian Government had two weeks ago extended the closure of the nation’s airspace and airports by another 14 days as Coronavirus infections increase in the nation.
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika had said as a result of the extension of lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari, it was no longer possible for the nation to open its airspace and airports for normal operation by 23 April, 2020.
Sirika stated that they would remain closed for a further two weeks, which he said, was subject to review.
“COVID-19. As a result of the extension on lockdown by Mr President it is no longer possible for us to open our airspace and airports for normal operations by the 23rd April, 2020.
“They will remain closed for a further 2 weeks. This subject to review as appropriate, please,” he tweeted.