#AweekOfCovid-19: World Bank’s $750m; Quarantine Evasion; Doctors ‘not safe’ | Dailytrust

#AweekOfCovid-19: World Bank’s $750m; Quarantine Evasion; Doctors ‘not safe’

A view of the World Bank building in Washington, DC.
A view of the World Bank building in Washington, DC.

Welcome to A Week of COVID-19, the weekly newsletter on coronavirus pandemic from Daily Trust. I am Khadijat Lawal, a content creator and social media manager.

Another week, and COVID-19 is still here. Nigeria is set to start implementation of the World Bank-assisted $750m Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) Programme.

The Nigerian Bureau of Statistics says 15 per cent of businesses in Nigeria were able to expand their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic while incorporating technology to conduct business.

The federal government says 1.8m Nigerians have been fully vaccinated! If you’re yet to take the Jab, please do so ASAP!

And in other COVID-19 coverage…

Nigeria Set To Implement $750m World Bank COVID-19 Intervention

The Federal Government says the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory are ready to start implementing of the World Bank-assisted $750m Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) Programme.

Chairman, Federal CARES Technical Committee, Aso Vakporaye, said the World Bank was satisfied with the readiness of the states and the FCT to commence the programme.

COVID-19: We’re Investigating Officials Aiding Quarantine Evasion —FG

The Federal Government says it is investigating reported cases of on-duty staff who extort money from travelers wishing to evade quarantine requirement of the COVID-19 protocols.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said this at a briefing of the committee in Abuja.

15% Businesses Expanded Using Tech Despite COVID-19 — Report

A report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that 15 per cent of businesses were able to expand their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic while incorporating technology to conduct business.

The report titled: “The Impact of COVID-19 on Business Enterprises in Nigeria,” was launched by NBS in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 3,000 people were interviewed from both the formal and informal sectors.

1.8m Nigerians Fully Vaccinated – FG

The federal government has said that six months after Nigeria commenced the vaccination of its citizens against the COVID-19 pandemic, over 1.8 million eligible people have been fully vaccinated.

The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, said this at the national briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on Monday.

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You Are Not Safe During Strike, Pfizer Boss Tells Doctors, Others

The Country Manager of Pfizer Nigeria, Yinka Subair, has cautioned health workers in the country against incessant strike, saying they can also fall victims of their action.

Subair, who is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), gave the caution in his keynote address at the ongoing 2021 Scientific Week of the PSN, Lagos State Branch.

Covid antiviral pill can halve risk of hospitalisation

An experimental drug for severe COVID cuts the risk of hospitalisation or death by about half, interim clinical trial results suggest. The tablet – molnupiravir – was given twice a day to patients recently diagnosed with the disease.

US drug-maker, Merck, said its results were so positive that outside monitors had asked to stop the trial early.

COVID: One in 20 secondary-age children infected in England

One in every 20 children of secondary school age in England is infected with coronavirus, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

This is the highest reported rate for this age group – or any other – since the pandemic began. Children’s risk from the virus is very low, and serious illness is rare.

As you go about your activities this weekend, please stay safe. Coronavirus is still out there.

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