- More Cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria, Total Now 11844
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, reports another 328 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
According to the report published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), ten new deaths were recorded on Friday to take total deaths due to the virus to 333.
“Till date, 11844 cases have been confirmed, 3696 cases have been discharged and 333 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory” the NCDC stated.
The 328 new cases were reported from 14 states- Lagos(121), FCT(70),Bauchi(25), Rivers(18), Oyo(16), Kaduna(15), Gombe(14), Edo(13),Ogun(13), Jigawa(8), Enugu(6), Kano(5), Osun(2) and Ondo(2).
Complete Confirmed Cases by State
|States Affected||No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)||No. of Cases (on admission)||No. Discharged||No. of Deaths|
30-day Countdown to Euro 2020 on StarTimes
The UEFA Euro 2020 is now just 30 days away and fans around the world are gearing up for what promises to be a unique and thrilling tournament.
The European Championship will take place between 11 June and 11 July in 11 different cities. There will be 51 games, with the group stage – running from 11 to 23 June – a torrent of live football, with three matches most days.
African fans will be able to watch all matches live and in HD on the StarTimes Sport channels as well as on StarTimes ON streaming application, as the leading digital TV operator secured the broadcasting rights to the Euro 2020.
All 24 teams at the final tournament are guaranteed to play at least three games. Then the top two in each of the six groups along with the four best third-placed finishers will proceed to the knockout phase – where things get even more exciting. From that point, every game is sudden death: win and teams reach the next round, lose and they are going home.
Two teams will ultimately make it all the way to the 11 July final at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Football fans can acquire StarTimes decoder set including one-month bouquet at only N7400 for DTT (antenna) or N11,200 for DTH (dish) and watch all 51 games live and in HD.
“African fans have been forced to pay ever higher prices to watch major competitions in the past. We know what they have been going through during the past year, COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on all of us. At StarTimes, we want to ensure that nobody is excluded from this amazing football festival,” says Lazarus Ibeabuchi, StarTimes Nigeria PR Manager.
Streaming users are not left out and will be able to enjoy the whole tournament for N1000 a month on StarTimes-ON app.
Euro 2020 was postponed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The tournament kicks off with Turkey taking on Italy in Rome on June 11.
Which Country is Hosting Euro 2020?
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the competition, UEFA decided to host it in several cities across the continent.
The venues are currently scheduled to be:
• Wembley Stadium in London (England)
• Stadio Olimpico in Rome (Italy)
• The Olympic Stadium in Baku (Azerbaijan)
• Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg (Russia)
• La Cartuja in Seville (Spain)
• Arena Națională in Bucharest (Romania)
• Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
• Hampden Park in Glasgow (Scotland)
• Parken Stadium in Copenhagen (Denmark)
• Puskás Aréna in Budapest (Hungary)
• The Allianz Arena in Munich (Germany)
How does the group stage look?
Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland
Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia
Group D: England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic
Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia
Group F: Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany
Friday 11 June
Group A: Turkey vs Italy (20:00, Rome)
Saturday 12 June
Group A: Wales vs Switzerland (14:00, Baku)
Group B: Denmark vs Finland (17:00, Copenhagen)
Group B: Belgium vs Russia (20:00, St Petersburg)
Sunday 13 June
Group D: England vs Croatia (14:00, London)
Group C: Austria vs North Macedonia (17:00, Bucharest)
Group C: Netherlands vs Ukraine (20:00, Amsterdam)
Monday 14 June
Group D: Scotland vs Czech Republic (14:00, Glasgow)
Group E: Poland vs Slovakia (17:00, St Petersburg)
Group E: Spain vs Sweden (20:00, Seville)
Tuesday 15 June
Group F: Hungary vs Portugal (17:00, Budapest)
Group F: France vs Germany (20:00, Munich)
Wednesday 16 June
Group B: Finland vs Russia (14:00, St Petersburg)
Group A: Turkey vs Wales (17:00, Baku)
Group A: Italy vs Switzerland (20:00, Rome)
Thursday 17 June
Group C: Ukraine vs North Macedonia (14:00, Bucharest)
Group B: Denmark vs Belgium (17:00, Copenhagen)
Group C: Netherlands vs Austria (20:00, Amsterdam)
Friday 18 June
Group E: Sweden vs Slovakia (14:00, St Petersburg)
Group D: Croatia vs Czech Republic (17:00, Glasgow)
Group D: England vs Scotland (20:00, London)
Saturday 19 June
Group F: Hungary vs France (14:00, Budapest)
Group F: Portugal vs Germany (17:00, Munich)
Group E: Spain vs Poland (20:00, Seville)
Sunday 20 June
Group A: Italy vs Wales (17:00, Rome)
Group A: Switzerland vs Turkey (17:00, Baku)
Monday 21 June
Group C: North Macedonia vs Netherlands (17:00, Amsterdam)
Group C: Ukraine vs Austria (17:00, Bucharest)
Group B: Russia vs Denmark (20:00, Copenhagen)
Group B: Finland vs Belgium (20:00, St Petersburg)
Tuesday 22 June
Group D: Czech Republic vs England (20:00, London)
Group D: Croatia vs Scotland (20:00, Glasgow)
Wednesday 23 June
Group E: Slovakia vs Spain (17:00, Seville)
Group E: Sweden vs Poland (17:00, St Petersburg)
Group F: Germany vs Hungary (20:00, Munich)
Group F: Portugal v France (20:00, Budapest)
Round of 16
Saturday 26 June
1: Group A Second Place vs Group B Second Place (17:00, Amsterdam)
2: Group A Winner vs Group C Second Place (20:00, London)
Sunday 27 June
3: Group C Winner vs Third Place Group D/E/F (17:00, Budapest)
4: Group B Winner vs Third Place Group A/D/E/F (20:00, Seville)
Monday 28 June
5: Group D Second Place vs Group E Second Place (17:00, Copenhagen)
6: Group F Winner vs Third Place Group A/B/C (20:00, Bucharest)
Tuesday 29 June
7: Group D Winner vs Group F Second Place (17:00, London)
8: Group E Winner vs Third Place Group A/B/C/D (20:00, Glasgow)
Friday 2 July
QF1: Winner 6 vs Winner 5 (17:00, St Petersburg)
QF2: Winner 4 vs Winner 2 (20:00, Munich)
Saturday 3 July
QF3: Winner 3 vs Winner 1 (17:00, Baku)
QF4: Winner 8 vs Winner 7 (20:00, Rome)
Tuesday 6 July
SF1: Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2 (20:00, London)
Wednesday 7 July
SF2: Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4 (20:00, London)
Sunday 11 July
Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 (20:00, London)
WHO Approves COVID-19 Vaccine Made by Sinopharm in China
The World Health Organization said Friday it has approved for emergency use a coronavirus vaccine developed by Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical group Sinopharm.
Beijing’s Covid vaccine is recommended for adults 18 years and up with a two-dose regimen, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing.
The new addition to the list of usable vaccine options could hasten efforts to control the spread of Covid-19 and its variant forms, which are driving new infections in many parts of the world.
“Solving the vaccine crisis requires that we pull out all the stops,” Tedros said.
Sinopharm’s shot is the sixth to receive the WHO’s approval for “safety, efficacy and quality,” he said.
“Vaccines remain a vital tool. But right now, the volume and distribution of vaccines are insufficient to end the pandemic, without the sustained and tailored application of public health measures that we know work,” Tedros said.
“The pandemic has shown that when health is at risk, everything is at risk. But when health is protected and promoted, individuals, families, communities, economies, and nations can thrive,” he said.
The state-owned drugmaker’s two-dose Covid shot has already been approved for emergency use in China, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain.
Another Chinese shot, made by the private company Sinovac, has not yet been approved by the WHO.
In the U.S., vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson have received emergency use authorizations by the Food and Drug Administration.
The WHO has granted emergency validation for those three shots, as well as for vaccines produced by AstraZeneca-SK BIO and the Serum Institute of India.
Crypto.com Becomes Official Cryptocurrency & NFT Sponsor Of The 2021 Coppa Italia
Lega Serie A and Crypto.com announced that they have reached an important partnership agreement on the occasion of the 2021 Coppa Italia Final, which will see Atalanta challenge Juventus on 19th May at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia.
Lega Serie A is proud to be the first football league to sign a partnership agreement with a cryptocurrency and NFT platform. The partnership, which begins with the Coppa Italia Final is expected to extend long into the future. To commemorate the first time Atalanta and Juventus meet at the Coppa Italia Final, a special NFT collection will be made available including the official trophy, match highlights, and more.
With the fastest growing crypto app and over 10 million users worldwide, Crypto.com is proud to be Lega Serie A’s first cryptocurrency partner. Together the two organizations will create new experiences for football fans in Italy and beyond, starting with special NFT collectibles available exclusively at Crypto.com/NFT.
“We are extremely proud to announce this prestigious partnership with Crypto.com, a leading company in the world of cryptocurrencies and NFTs – said Luigi De Siervo, CEO of Lega Serie A – We are the first football league in the world to sign an agreement in this new market which is extremely innovative and relevant not only for sports fans, where other world-class leagues such as the NBA have been operating in recent months. In this way Lega Serie A aims to expand its target audience and continues the international growth of the brand, always looking to the future and innovation. The Coppa Italia Final will be an expression of these values and will offer millions of fans around the world an exciting experience not only on the pitch but also before and after the game, thanks to the many commercial and marketing initiatives that we will organize with our partners”.
“We are proud to collaborate with an exceptional partner such as Lega Serie A, the latest in an exciting roadmap of sports partnerships we’ll soon be announcing,” said Kris Marszalek, co-founder and CEO of Crypto.com. “It’s a unique opportunity to support the world’s most popular sport during the historic match between Atalanta and Juventus, surely to be watched by football fans world-wide. Through our partnership, we will bring together the best of blockchain technology and football by co-creating NFTs sure to become instant classics and highly coveted collectibles.”
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