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COVID-19: WHO lists what needs to be done before restrictions are relaxed

The World Health Organization (WHO) has given conditions to be met before COVID-19’s restrictions are relaxed. This was disclosed by the Director-General of WHO

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Dr Tedros Adhanom, Head of the World health organization (WHO), COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) has given conditions to be met before COVID-19’s restrictions are relaxed.

This was disclosed by the Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Thursday, April 16, 2020, during his weekly address to Geneva-based diplomats.

The WHO boss said that countries that want to lift the restrictions order which was enforced due to the coronavirus pandemic must meet a set of conditions in order to prevent another surge of infections amid the outbreak.

Tedros, in his statement, said, ‘’Easing social and economic curbs must be done extremely carefully.” 

“If done too quickly, we risk a resurgence that could be even worse than our present situation,” he warned.

READ MORE: COVID-19: Western diplomats warn of disease explosion, poor handling by government

According to a monitored report, some of the conditions given by the WHO Chief include:

  • That government must ensure that the spread of the novel coronavirus is under control. According to new WHO guidelines, this means that health authorities must know the origin of every single case and cluster of infections.
  • National health systems must also be able to find, test, isolate and treat every new case, and all recent social contacts of every infected person must be tracked down.
  • Thirdly, countries that want to ease their restrictions must minimize infection risks in hot spot settings such as hospitals and nursing homes.
  • In the fourth condition, Tedros said that preventive measures must be in place in workplaces, schools and other essential locations. This includes social distancing, hygiene etiquette and, possibly, temperature measurements, according to the new WHO guidelines.
  • Countries must also manage the risk of importing new cases from abroad, by detecting infected travellers, and by quarantining those who arrive from hot spot countries.
  • The WHO Chief said it is important that communities are fully educated, engaged and empowered to adjust to the ‘new norm’” of behaving in ways that prevent new infections.

Tedros, who had earlier admitted that the WHO is still studying the coronavirus disease which is novel, enjoined countries to share information with the rest of the world about what works for them

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Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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FG to extend fuel subsidy for 6 months

Reports indicate that the FG plans to spend N720 billion for the next 6 months on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) subsidies.

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Subsidy and PIB, petrol price, PPPRA, We have sufficient PMS stock for 38 days- DPR 

The Nigerian Government may have suspended plans to end its subsidy payments as reports indicate that the FG plans to spend N720 billion for the next 6 months on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) subsidies.

This was disclosed in an exclusive report by The Guardian on Sunday, citing that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered that the subsidies remain in place for the next 6 months.

“Specifically, President Buhari has asked the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to suspend any idea on subsidy removal for five to six months so that a plan that does not harm ordinary Nigerians is evolved if the deregulation must go on,” a Government official said.

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  • NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari disclosed last month that the “NNPC may no longer be in a position to carry that burden because we cannot continue to carry it in our books,” after reports of fuel imports under-recovery revealed the FG was spending N120 billion a month on subsidy.
  • Kyari also hinted that they may soon start selling PMS at market prices saying: “NNPC importing PMS at market price and selling at N162/L. The actual market price should be between N211 and N234/L. Meaning is that consumers are not paying the market price.
  • “NNPC is currently the sole importer of PMS, and we’re trying to exit the underpriced sale of PMS. Eventual exit is inevitable, when it will happen I cannot say, but engagements are ongoing because the government is cognisant of the implications.”

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FG to name new train station after Mobolaji Johnson

FG to name flagship train station located at Ebute Metta after the former Governor of Lagos State, Mobolaji Johnson.

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The Federal Government is set to name its flagship train station located at Ebute Metta after the former Governor of Lagos State, Mobolaji Johnson.

This was disclosed by the Ministry of Transportation via its Twitter handle on Sunday.

It tweeted, “New indoor photos of our flagship station located at Ebute Metta. It is to be named Mobolaji Johnson Station after the former Governor of Lagos State. Please share your thoughts.”

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The Federal Government has also stated why the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) Nigeria Limited could not link the final part of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line to the sea, according to Nairametrics.

The government in its explanation said that it was due to disruption by trucks going in and out of the port complex.

According to a press statement signed by the Director, Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Eric Ojiekwe, this disclosure was made by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, while on a routine tour of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line project on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

 

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