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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Wednesday morning

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

Kyari, who just returned from Germany and Italy, was said to have tested positive to the virus after he developed a strange illness. President Buhari, however, tested negative.

2. Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has tested positive for coronavirus.

His test result was confirmed in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mukhtar Gidado.

3. Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has revealed that his principal is in self-isolation.

Akande, who shared a picture of Osinbajo having meeting via video conference call, said the VP is self-isolating in accordance with the “protocols” of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

4. Three staff of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari have reportedly tested positive to coronavirus.

The condition of Kyari and his aides has forced the Presidential Villa to shut down as non-essential staff have been asked to stay away.

5. Lagos State Government says all participants at the African Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA) held on March 14 may have come in contact with one Lagos confirmed Coronavirus case.

Professor Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Health, made the revelation Tuesday afternoon.

6. Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the closure of all markets, with effect from March 26.

Those not affected are shops selling essential commodities such as medical equipment, water, foodstuffs.

7. Two new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Nigeria, thus bringing the number of patients to 46.

According to the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, one of the new cases was confirmed in Osun and another in Lagos State.

8. The Presidency has reduced the number of media houses and reporters covering the seat of power, Aso Villa.

Attah Esa, Deputy Director Information, said it was due to the current restriction in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) against gathering of not more than 50 persons at the same time at any venue.

9. The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has expressed concern over the coronavirus outbreak.

The body said it may order its members and those of affiliates to stay at home from Friday if the well-being of tanker drivers, marketers, suppliers among others was not guaranteed.

10. The Enugu State Government, on Tuesday, banned all forms of social and political gatherings as threat of coronavirus continues to worsen globally.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who made the disclosure during a state-wide broadcast at the Enugu Government House, equally announced that civil servants and public servants would henceforth work from home.

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