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FG reviews COVID-19 response, reintroduces Partial Lockdown and nationwide curfew (Press Release)

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FG reviews COVID-19 response, reintroduces Partial Lockdown and nationwide curfew (Press Release)

 The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has reviewed the country’s COVID-19 response in light of the rising trend in several countries and the high risk of a surge in cases in Africa.

This is coming after the rising in infections in several and the danger the development poses to Africa, the Federal Government has reviewed Nigeria’s COVID-19 response and reintroduced a nationwide 12am to 4am curfew as part of efforts to curtail further spread of the virus.

In the week of 26th April, 2021, the PSC took a precautionary step by restricting travel from three countries – Brazil, India and Turkey – where there is a high incidence of cases, high fatality rate and widespread prevalence of variants of concern. Additionally, the PSC continues to reinforce the surveillance system at the country’s Points-of Entry.

While the country’s vaccine roll-out has begun, there is a shortage in global supplies affected by the current situation in India. This translates to a delay in vaccinating a large proportion of the population, and therefore a risk of a large outbreak especially in the context of poor adherence to the recommended public health and social measures.

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Speaking at the briefing of the committee yesterday in Abuja, the National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Mohammed, announced that the curfew would take effect from midnight of Monday, May 10, adding that night clubs, gyms and others would remain shut till further notice beginning from Tuesday.

“We shall maintain restrictions on mass gatherings in and outside work settings with a maximum number of 50 people in any enclosed space, approved gatherings must be held, maintaining physical distancing and other non-pharmaceutical measures,” Mohammed clarified.

He stated that the PSC will continue to maintain restrictions on resumption of work by government workers from Level 12 and below in addition to limiting meetings to virtual platforms as much as possible while maintaining restrictions on physical meetings, official trips and oversight visits.

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COVID-19: NCDC reports 26 new infections in 5 states

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COVID-19: NCDC reports 26 new infections in 5 states

By Gistflash

June 6, 2021

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 26 new COVID-19 infections from five states, as of June 5.

The NCDC announced the new statistics on its official website on Sunday morning.

It noted that the new cases were registered from five states, with Akwa-Ibrom, Lagos and Cross River having the highest with eight cases.

“Seven states with 0 cases reported: the FCT, Nasarawa, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto and Taraba,” it stated.

The agency noted that 400 community recoveries from Lagos State was managed in line with its guidelines.

The public health agency stated that the new figure had raised the total confirmed infections in the country to 166,756, as of June 5.

The NCDC said that  no new death was recorded on Saturday. thus the total fatalities remains 2,117.

It noted that the country’s active case was about a thousand plus.

It added that a total  of 162,994 people have now been discharged since the disease began spreading across the country.

According to NCDC, Nigeria has tested 2,113,061 samples out of her more than 200 million people.

The agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continues to coordinate the national response activities.

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Russia will not provide free vaccination to foreign citizens – Putin

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June 4, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia would not vaccinate foreign citizens against COVID-19 for free.

“There is a practice where people from different countries, including businessmen, the chiefs of large European and other companies, intentionally come to Russia to receive a vaccine against the coronavirus.

“In this regard, I request the government to analyse until the end of the month all aspects of this issue in order to create for foreign citizens conditions for paid vaccination in our country.’’

He stressed the given requirements on safety and sanitary control of the pandemic.

Putin said this in the ongoing St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

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“the economic crisis triggered by the COVID pandemic might to lead to the global unemployment of more than 200 million people by 2022” -ILO

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"the economic crisis triggered by the COVID pandemic might to lead to the global unemployment of more than 200 million people by 2022" -ILO

The International labour Organisation (ILO) says the economic crisis triggered by the COVID pandemic was expected to lead to the global unemployment of more than 200 million people by 2022.

ILO noted in its’ World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2021′, (WESO Trends), on Wednesday, that women and youth workers were worst hit by the economic crisis.

It stated that although the nations would emerge from the ongoing health crisis, “five years of progress towards the eradication of working poverty have been undone” nonetheless.

“We’ve gone backwards, we’ve gone backwards big time. Working poverty is back to 2015 levels; that means that when the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda was set, we’re back to the starting line,” said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

The worst-affected regions in the first half of 2021 had been Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia, all victims of uneven recovery.

They’ve seen estimated working-hour losses exceed eight per cent in the first quarter and six per cent in the second quarter, far higher than the global average.

Women have been hit “disproportionately” by the crisis, seeing a five per cent employment fall in 2020, compared to 3.9 per cent for men.

“A greater proportion of women also fell out of the labour market, becoming inactive,” ILO said, noting that additional domestic responsibilities had resulted from lockdowns, which risked a “re-traditionalisation” of gender roles.

Youth employment has also continued to suffer the economic downturn, falling 8.7 per cent in 2020, compared with 3.7 per cent for adults.

The most pronounced fall has been in middle-income countries where the consequences of this delay and disruption to the early labour market experience of young people “could last for years,” ILO warned.

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Pandemic-related disruption has also brought catastrophic consequences for the world’s two billion informal sector workers.

Compared to 2019, an additional 108 million workers worldwide are now categorised as poor or extremely poor – meaning that they and their families live on the equivalent of less than 3.20 dollar per person, per day.

According to ILO, global unemployment will reach 205 million people in 2022, up from 187 million in 2019.

The Geneva-based organisation also projected a “jobs gap” increase of 75 million in 2021, which is likely to fall to 23 million in 2022 – if the pandemic subsides.

“The related drop in working-hours which takes into account the jobs gap and those working fewer hours, amounts to the equivalent of 100 million full-time jobs in 2021 and 26 million in 2022.

“This shortfall in employment and working hours comes on top of persistently high pre-crisis levels of unemployment, labour under utilisation and poor working conditions,” ILO stated.

The ILO report maintained that although global employment recovery should accelerate in the second half of 2021, it would. however. likely be an uneven recovery.

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