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COVID 19: Ogun State starts digital classes for students

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the closure of schools, the Ogun State government on Tuesday launched the Ogundigiclasses.

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In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the closure of schools across the country, the Ogun State government on has launched the Ogundigiclasses.

This initiative would see the transmission of digital classes for primary and secondary school students, to compensate for the time lost due to the closure of schools.

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Announcing the launch on his official Twitter handle, @dabiodunMFR, the state governor, Dr Dapo Abiodun said that it is an effort from the government to see that students do not lose valuable time while waiting out the COVID-19 outbreak in their homes.

His tweet read: “I have directed that effective from today March 24, 2020, the Ogun State Television, OGTV commence transmission of digital classes for primary and secondary school levels, to compensate for time lost due to the restriction order our Government placed on schools across the State.” 

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He noted that the initiative tagged “Ogun DigiClass,” would be coordinated by the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, with experienced educators handling the topics.

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The classes will be streamed in sessions – 9 am – 11 am in the morning, and 1 pm-2 pm at noon.

It will also feature interactive classes to allow questions from the viewing pupils and students, and also be available online for those who miss out on the television screening or have no access to televisions.

The website http://ogundigiclass.ng was also launched on Tuesday for students who do not have access to television sets in their homes.

The governor urged parents to ensure that their children and wards benefit from the initiative, in order to secure their future.·

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What this means: The Ogundigiclass is an initiative that would benefit students around the country, as they can view the lessons from the archives on the website, irrespective of location.

The Ogun State governor would be the first in Nigeria to launch such an initiative, to provide alternatives for students and parents who have been forced to stay at home due to the lockdown.

This is a demonstration of a recent suggestion by Bill Gates to make learning available to the students at home, although the Ogundigiclass has taken the peculiarities of the Nigerian situation into consideration by ensuring that students can access the class even without sophisticated technologies.

Ruth Okwumbu has a MSc. and BSc. in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Delta state university respectively. Prior to her role as analyst at Nairametrics, she had a progressive six year writing career. As a Business Analyst with Narametrics, she focuses on profiles of top business executives, founders, startups and the drama surrounding their successes and challenges. You may contact her via [email protected]

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  1. Adewumi Ronke

    July 13, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Thank you for this information. But I will like to know where the children can submit their assignment.

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 3rd of December 2020, 343 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria

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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 68,303 confirmed cases.

On the 3rd of December 2020, 343 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 7,101 samples across the country.

To date, 68,303 cases have been confirmed, 64,291 cases have been discharged and 1,179 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 779,708 tests have been carried out as of December 3rd, 2020 compared to 756,237 tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 3rd December 2020,

  • Total Number of Cases – 68,303
  • Total Number Discharged – 64,291
  • Total Deaths – 1,179
  • Total Tests Carried out – 779,708

According to the NCDC, the 343 new cases were reported from 14 states- FCT (123) Lagos (106) Kaduna (72) Nasarawa (14) Rivers(5), Bauchi (4), Imo (4), Ogun (4), Ekiti (3) Edo (2), Oyo (2), Plateau (2) Akwa Ibom (1) and Kano (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 23,545, followed by Abuja (6,991), Plateau (3,904), Oyo (3,730), Kaduna (3,245), Rivers (3,001), Edo (2,705), Ogun (2,237), Delta (1,824), Kano (1,799), Ondo (1,728), Enugu (1,332),  Kwara (1,110), Ebonyi (1,055), Katsina (1,030), Osun (947), Gombe (938). Abia (926), Bauchi (778), and Borno (745).

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Imo State has recorded 681 cases, Benue (496), Nasarawa (493), Bayelsa (456),  Ekiti (377), Akwa Ibom (340), Jigawa (331), Niger (298), Anambra (285), Adamawa (261), Sokoto (166), Taraba (163), Yobe (100), Kebbi (93), Cross River (90), Zamfara (79), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

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Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

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The movement restriction, which was extended by another two weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

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Covid-19: WHO says the promise of vaccine is a game changer

The WHO has stated that the promise of Covid-19 vaccines is phenomenal and potentially game-changing.

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The World Health Organization has said that the promise of Covid-19 vaccines is phenomenal and potentially game-changing.

This disclosure was made by the WHO’s Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge, during a press briefing at Copenhagen on Thursday, December 2, 2020, according to a report from Reuters.

Kluge said there are expectations that there would be limited supplies of Covid-19 vaccine supplies at the early stages and as such countries must decide who gets priority.

However, the WHO emphasized that there is a growing consensus among stakeholders that older people, medical workers, and people that share the virus with some other health conditions will be among the first recipients of the vaccine.

What you should know

It can be recalled that yesterday, UK regulator gave its approval to the Covid-19 vaccine, which was developed by Pfizer Inc in collaboration with BioNTech, moving ahead of the rest of the world, including the United States in the race to begin the most crucial mass inoculation programme in history.

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  • This follows the announcement by Pfizer that the vaccine proved 95% effective in a final analysis of clinical-trial data for its phase 3 study.
  • In addition, Biotech firm, Moderna Inc, also announced that its Covid-19 experimental vaccine was 94.5% effective in a preliminary study.
  • The United States and European Union regulators are sifting through the same Pfizer vaccine trial data, but are yet to give their approval.
  • The WHO revealed on Wednesday it had received data from Pfizer and BioNTech on the vaccine and was reviewing it for possible listing for emergency use, a minimum condition for countries to authorize national use.

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OFFICIAL: UK Approves Covid-19 Vaccine made by Pfizer/BioNTech

The United Kingdom has approved Covid-19 Vaccine produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and will start distributing from next week.

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UK Approves Covid-19 Vaccine made by Pfizer/BioNTech

The United Kingdom has approved Covid-19 Vaccine produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and will start distributing from next week. The approval by UK Regulatory authorities makes the country the first to approve the vaccine in the world.

The emergency authorization clears the way for the rollout of the vaccine which had been certified to be 95% effective in preventing illness in the final analysis of phase 3 trial, from early next week.

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The vaccine is given in two shots (doses).

According to reports monitored by Nairametrics, the vaccine will be administered firstly to medical workers and home caregivers, frontline health workers, those aged 80 and above before being made available to the general public.

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The vaccine was made by German company BioNTech in conjunction with US Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and is said to be 95% effective in preventing the disease. This is after it was tested on over 43, 000 people in the mandatory phase 3 trials.

The US Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing the vaccine and could also approve its usage later in the month.

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What they are saying

The government in its statement said, “The government has today accepted the recommendation from the Independent Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use.’’

A UK government spokesperson also said:

“The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week. The NHS has decades of experience in delivering large scale vaccination programmes and will begin putting their extensive preparations into action to provide care and support to all those eligible for vaccination.”

READ: Covid-19: First world nations oppose waiving intellectual rights for vaccine development

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I’m confident now, with the news today, that from spring — from Easter onwards — things are going to be better. We’re going to have a summer next year that everybody can enjoy.” Matt Hancock, UK health secretary.

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Matt Hancock revealed that this is going to be one of the biggest civilian projects in history as 50 hospitals are preparing to administer the vaccine with 800,000 doses ready to be delivered from Belgium.

Hancock said, “I’m obviously absolutely thrilled with the news, very proud that the UK is the first place in the world to have a clinically authorized vaccine.’

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The UK regulator said on Wednesday, that the Covid-19, met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.

The UK had earlier given hope that it was going to act swiftly in approving a vaccine and then put doctors across the country on standby for a possible rollout. This will also come as a relief to the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who has been facing a series of criticisms over his handling of the pandemic that has killed almost 60,000 people in the UK.

The UK’s vaccine committee is expected to decide which priority groups will be given the shot first; care home residents, health and care staff, the elderly and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable will be first in line.

The United Kingdom is said to have ordered over 357 million doses from seven manufacturers.

READ: Gold prices drop amid COVID-19 vaccine optimism

What you should know:

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Pfizer has earlier announced that the Covid-19 vaccine it is developing in collaboration with its German partner, BioNTech, was certified 95% effective in preventing illness, much higher than expected. The approval of the vaccine by UK regulator, ahead of US counterpart, who is set to meet on December 10, to decide on whether to recommend emergency use authorization, marks a historic moment in the fight against COVID-19.

The European Medicines Agency had disclosed that it could give emergency approval for the Pfizer vaccine by December 29.

China has already given emergency approval for 3 experimental vaccines and has immunized about 1 million people since July.

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