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[TNG COVID-19 Watch 14] Lockdown Day 1:Hunger ‘ll kill us if you don’t invoke Executive Order to crash prices, Rep Abonta tells Buhari more doctors, nurses die due to lack of protective kits


…as more doctors, nurses die due to lack of protective kits

Good evening! Welcome to TNG’s daily tit-bits on happenings in Nigeria and across the globe. Emman Ovuakporie, Regional Editor, TNG.

A member of the House of Representatives, Rep Uzoma Nkem-Abonta on Tuesday evening pleaded with President Muhamnadu Buhari to invoke Executive Order to crash soaring prices of food items and essentials such as drugs and sanitisers.

The lawmaker said”Mr President should not hesitate to use such legal powers as hunger will kill us due to the rate at which prices of essentials are skyrocketing.

“The cost of sanitisers and drugs are fast hitting the roof as retailers particularly the big sales outlets have increased the prices of their goods.

“Can you imagine that the cheapest sanitizer you can get now is between N3500 and N5000,”the lawmaker wondered.


More doctors, nurses die in Europe over lack of protective gears

Doctors, nurses and other medical workers on‌ ‌the‌ ‌front lines‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌coronavirus‌ ‌epidemic‌ ‌in‌ ‌Italy‌ ‌and‌ ‌Spain are succumbing to the respiratory illness themselves in ever increasing numbers, leading many to complain about inadequate protective equipment and supplies.

This development has led to the death to the death of several medical personnel in both Eurpean countries.


Recovery rate may take up to 1year-Indians

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84% Indians feel COVID-19 recovery will take up to 1 yearBengaluru, March 31 Nearly 84 per cent Ind feel that recovery from new coronavirus epidemic will take 6 months to one year time, a new survey said on Tuesday.

Out of 94 per cent respondents who are aware about the COVID-19 disease, 75 per cent are extremely concerned about the disease while only 52 per cent are aware of the virus type spreading the disease, said the survey from market research and analysis firm Velocity MR.

The survey involving 2,100 people was conducted in cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.

While 70 per cent respondents feel older people and also people with pre-existing conditions are more vulnerable to be infected by the virus. However, 63 per cent said this can be tackled with if proper hygiene and necessary precautions are taken.

“The survey shows that as a precautionary measure, 81 per cent people have started washing their hands more frequently than before and 78 per cent have started avoiding crowded places as and when possible,” said Jasal Shah, Managing Director and CEO, Velocity


Sad: ex-president dies

The Republic of Congo’s former president has died of coronavirus in France, local media reported on Tuesday.

Jacques Joachim Yhombi Opango died Monday at the age of 81, according to local daily Journal de


Good News:Lagos promises all victims may survive

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi on Tuesday said no Coronavirus patients at the isolation in Lagos look like they are going to die.

He said the state might record 100 percent survival at the end of the day.


Lockdown: Refugees in India fear hunger may kill them

Nearly 40,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees living in various camps across the country fear that a humanitarian catastrophe looms large, as they have been left to fight the coronavirus outbreak alone [Raqib Hameed Naik/Al Jazeera]Din Mohammad is doing everything possible in his power to keep his family and fellow Rohingya refugees healthy during a three-week lockdown enforced by the Indian government to fight the coronavirus.

For the past week, Mohammad, 59, who lives with his wife and five children in Madanpur Khadar refugee camp in the capital, New Delhi, makes rounds of shanties to ensure people are maintaining social distancing and keeping their huts made from wood and plastic sheets clean.

But he knows these measures are hard to implement in crowded refugee camps like theirs, where people live in.

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