NYSC Urged The Public to Ignore Rumours of Covid-19 Cases in Lagos, FCT and Kano Orientation Camps
The National Youth Service Corps clarified the air in regards to the rumor that some corps members in Lagos, Abuja and Kano orientation camps tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday night, Mrs. Adenike, The NYSC Director, Press and Public Relation, said that the rumor of some corps members testing positive to the global should be taken with a pinch of salt.
The statement reads, “The attention of Management has been drawn to the news making the rounds about some Corps Members testing positive to Coronavirus in Lagos, Kano and FCT Camps.
“The true position is that no Corps Member in any of the NYSC camp is COVID-19 positive.
“It is pertinent to add that the NYSC is in collaboration with the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), and the Centre maintains very strong presence in all the NYSC camps nationwide.
“As a proactive measure, all Prospective Corps Members were tested for COVID-19 before being admitted into the camps. Those that tested positive were handed over to the NCDC for treatment and management.
“Accordingly, the general public is hereby assured that the 37 Camps of the Scheme are safe, as COVID- 19 safety protocols are strictly adhered to.
“There is no cause for alarm. Both the Scheme and NCDC are up to the task of safeguarding the lives of Corps Members and Camp officials.”
Eidul-Fitr: FG Declares Wednesday, Thursday Public Holiday
The federal government has declared Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th May, 2021 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the federal government on Monday in Abuja, congratulated the Muslim faithful on this occasion and called on all Nigerians, at home and abroad to use the period of this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration to pray for peace, stability and economic transformation in the land.
Aregbesola said he believes that development cannot thrive in a rancorous atmosphere, urging all Nigerians to be law-abiding and embrace the spirit of love, self-discipline, kindness and tolerance, as taught by the Holy Prophet Mohammed.
He also called on all security agencies in the country to be more courageous and patriotic to surmount the ongoing battle against resurging insecurity and activities of criminal elements in Nigeria.
He assured Nigerians that the resolve of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to end the scourge of crime and criminality in the country and restore peace to every nook and cranny of Nigeria is sacrosanct.
He said: “This administration will not be deterred in its efforts until every Nigerian and resident of the country is free to move around without fear of any threat to his/her life and property. We are therefore putting necessary measures and strategies in place to strengthen the stability of the country as well as ensuring the economic prosperity of our dear nation.”
The minister wishes all Muslims a happy and peaceful Eidul-Fitr celebration.
COVID-19: FG Reintroduces Midnight Curfew and Restrictions On Mass Gatherings
The Federal Government has announced a nationwide 12 am to 4 am curfew as part of fresh restrictions to mitigate the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The nationwide curfew will be in force until further notice.
The National Incident Manager (NIM), Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Dr Mukhtar Muhammad on Monday announced the restrictions contained in Phase Four of ease of guidelines.
Muktah said that access to government institutions would also be denied to anyone not wearing a face mask while government meetings and travels have been limited to the virtual platform.
Civil servants below GL 12 will also continue to work from home while the Federal Government has also directed that religious gatherings are to be limited to less than 50 percent capacity to ensure physical distancing while social events such as weddings and parties are to be attended by not more than 50 persons. Bars and nightclubs are to remain closed.
Mohammed said: “The National Response continues to focus on achieving a balance between preserving lives while working on a long term epidemic control. Effective from 00:01 hours on Tuesday 11th of May 2022, this phase four of restriction of movement shall come into effect.
“We shall maintain restrictions on mass gatherings of sidewalk settings, with a maximum of about 50 people in an enclosed space. Approved gatherings must be held to the physical distancing measures, and other non-pharmaceutical interventions in place.
“We will continue to maintain restriction on reduction of work of government staff workers from GL-12 and below. We’ll also limited government meetings to virtual platforms as much as possible. While we maintaining restrictions on physical meetings, including official trips, oversight visits and board meetings.
“All recreational venues, gyms and indoor sports facilities are to close until 11 of June when the situation will be reviewed. Mass political gatherings, gatherings in the open, a large number of people are strictly to adhere to this COVID-19 protocol as issued by INEC.
“Event centres, night clubs shall remain closed until further notice. Restaurants are to provide eat-in at 50 percent capacity and provide takeaways where available.”
The incident manager also said there will no be restriction of movement within the country, adding: “Only essential travellers are encouraged, and both international and domestic travellers must abide by all existing protocols.”
The new measures come amid concerns over the surge in infections and resultant deaths recorded in some countries particularly Brazil, India and Turkey.
The federal government had earlier announced that foreigners who recently visited the three countries will no longer be allowed to enter Nigeria.
It also reduced the validity period of the pre-boarding COVID-19 PCR test for all Nigeria-bound passengers from 96 to 72 hours.
In India, which has been the worst hit in recent weeks, 366,161 new infections and 3,754 deaths were reported on Monday, taking the country’s tally to 22.66 million with 246,116 deaths as hospitals remain overwhelmed.
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)
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