Saudi Arabia’s finance minister on Monday said the kingdom will triple its Value Added Tax and halt monthly handout payments to citizens in new austerity measures amid record low oil prices and a coronavirus-led economic slump. The measures, which could stir public resentment with the cost of living rising, come as the petro-state steps up emergency plans to slash government spending to deal with the twin economic blow. “It has been decided the cost of living allowance will be halted from June 2020 and VAT will be raised from 5 percent to 15 percent from July 1,” Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency. Jadaan insisted the measures were necessary to shore up
Some residents of Maiduguri have commended the Borno Government for embarking on ward to ward distribution of palliatives in the city. A cross section of the residents who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, said that the development was commendable and would go a long way in cushioning the hardship faced by beneficiaries in the cause of the COVID-19 lockdown in the state. Nura Salisu, a former councillor of Hausari ward in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, said the criteria being used to distribute the palliatives to ensure it gets to the needy, were satisfactory. “Governor Zulum deserved commendation by his constant monitoring and participating in the distribution of the palliatives to ensure that the right thing is do
Lagos state governor, Babajide Sonwo Olu has disclosed that the state have discharged 60 more Coronavirus/COVID-19 Patients today. 40 of the discharged were males and 20 females makin the total of 321 discharged Patients in the state. https://twitter.com/jidesanwoolu/status/1257713659775782913?s=19
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that there was “enormous evidence” that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, China. “There is enormous evidence that this is where it began,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” But while highly critical of China’s handling of the matter, Pompeo declined to say whether he thought the virus had been intentionally released. President Donald Trump has been increasingly critical of China’s role in the pandemic, which has infected nearly 3.5 million people and killed more than 240,000 around the world. He has insisted that Beijing recklessly concealed important information about the outbreak and demanded that Beijing be held “accountabl
Protesters marched in several cities across California on Friday demanding the easing of restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak and denouncing Governor Gavin Newsom's decision to shut down some beaches. The protests were taking place in at least 11 cities, including the capital Sacramento as well as San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Some of the demonstrators waved American flags and carried signs that read "Freedom is Essential," "Trump 2020," or "Gruesome Newsom," while voicing anger at stay-at-home rules put in place to slow the spread of the virus. Most of the protesters, many of them chanting "Open California" and "Freedom" or ringing cowbells, did not wear face coverings or follow social distancing guidelines
The Kaduna State Government has announced that all entry points into the state are shut from 6pm to 6am everyday. No interstate or intra-state travel is allowed at night-time even for essential services with effect from Friday, 1st May 2020. Following a security briefing that criminal elements are using night-time hours to infiltrate people into Kaduna State, the state government is compelled to take further measures to deter inter-state travel. Recent Covid-19 cases in the state are related to inter-state travel which is implicated in the rapid spread of the virus across state lines. Security agencies will respect the exemptions granted for the movement of food and other essentials in daytime hours. &nbs...
By Abdulmumin Giwa Preventing COVID-19 in Kano is similar to preventing it in the north, Nigeria and Wet Africa because it is their center of commercial convergence especially for the north. If for any reason Kano is closed down, most of the northern states will tragically be affected economically. It is only with funds that you can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and without funds what can you do? How do you give palliative, how do you pay for logistics in all its ramifications, how do you provide substitute funds to sectors of economy that have been shot down by COVID-19? Definitely he needs the money and is even bold enough to seek for it despite the insults. Kano is the most populous and indeed vulnerable state in Nigeria that needs s...
As of Friday, 1 May 2020, Nigerian Coronavirus/COVID-19 Figure stands at 2,170, according to Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC reports. Friday infection reports are as follows 238 new cases of #COVID19; 92-Kano 36-FCT 30-Lagos 16-Gombe 10-Bauchi 8-Delta 6-Oyo 5-Zamfara 5-Sokoto 4-Ondo 4-Nasarawa 3-Kwara 3-Edo 3-Ekiti 3-Borno 3-Yobe 2-Adamawa 1-Niger 1-Imo 1-Ebonyi 1-Rivers 1-Enugu 2170 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria Discharged: 351 Deaths: 68 https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1256344181485830144?s=19
A Chinese food street which sells scorpions, centipedes and other fried insects has reopened after closing for 70 days due to the coronavirus outbreak. Vendors at the daily night market in Nanning offer various snacks and dishes, such as grilled octopus, spicy crayfish, steamed dumplings and rice cakes. But what it's most famous for seems to be its 'insect feast'. Stalls treat intrepid diners with all sorts of cooked bugs, from spiders to silkworms. Situated in the provincial capital of Guangxi, the Zhongshan Road food street closed temporarily at the end of January in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which started 1,350 kilometres (838 miles) away in Wuhan. It reopened earlier this month after the number of daily infections dropped sh
Jigawa State has recorded its first coronavirus-related death in Dutse Local Government Area of the state. The state’s Commissioner for Health and Chairman, Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Abba Zakari, announced this while speaking to newsmen on Thursday in Dutse. The two affected LGAs and other areas visited by patients were lockdown for seven days. (NAN) Zakari said the deceased was one of the five patients with confirmed cases of the virus in the state. “Eight out of the 11 samples we have at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital came out. And unfortunately, five of them returned positive. “One of the cases is from Gwaram, one from Miga, one from Auyo and two from Dutse. “Immediately we got the