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COVID-19: Wearing of face mask is less troublesome – NCDC

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The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has asked Nigerians to wear nose masks as precautionary measures in curbing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking on Monday in Abuja during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Ihekweazu said most Nigerians lament that using face masks is stressful.

He, however, noted that wearing face masks is less cumbersome when compared to being on a ventilator.

“Wearing a mask may seem very cumbersome but I promise you that it is less cumbersome than being on a ventilator.

“Over the last few weeks, many of you may have heard stories of survivors but there are many stories that could have been told that you have not heard, stories of those that have passed away,” he said.

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The NCDC boss also advised Nigerians of the need to take responsibility by ensuring safe to ensure that their lives and those of their loved ones are preserved.

A file photo of the NCDC Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu

While calling on the masses to do their best in protecting each other, Ihekweazu commended frontline health workers for their commitment in the Federal Government’s fight against the coronavirus.

According to him, the COVID-19 pandemic involves the efforts of everyone, not just the government alone.

Speaking further, the NCDC boss asked everyone not to throw caution in the wind amid the rising cases of the infection in the country.


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COVID-19: You need Face Mask alongside your Face Shield

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#COVID19 is primarily spread via respiratory droplets from infected people

A face shield alone cannot protect you. Remember to always wear a face mask when in public places & maintain a physical distance of 2 meters

Read:https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/advisory/ #TakeResponsibility


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Police officer pull trigger at man in imo over face mask

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A motorcycle rider popularly Okada man has allegedly been shot dead by a police officer around Banana junction in Orlu, Imo state today July 9.

According to reports gathered by NRM, the Okada man had refused to stop after the policeman had stopped him for not wearing a face mas, this led to an altercation between them after the Okada man allegedly refused to give a N50 bribe.

Residents and youths in the area are now demanding justice for the death of the unidentified Okada rider.

Police command spokesperson in Imo state is yet to comment on the incident


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COVID-19: Osun govt arrest ‘Face Mask’ violators.

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The Osun State Government on Tuesday went a step further in its attempts at enforcing the use of face mask by residents, when scores of violators were arrested in Osogbo and shown videos of isolation centres.

The arrests were made by the COVID-19 Joint Task Force on the order of the state government.

The JTF men, which was led by the Special Adviser to the state Governor on Security, Abiodun Ige, arrested many residents, especially those in public vehicles and motorcycles.

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Those arrested were taken to Salvation Army Middle School, Alekuwodo, where they were shown videos of COVID-19 patients that were being treated in isolation centres.

Expectedly, many residents who had left home without face mask rushed to buy from the roadsides to avoid being arrested.

Ige, who spoke on the rationale behind the state government’s action, said the exercise was meant to enforce compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.


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COVID-19: Police pledge to punish anyone seen publicly with no face mask

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The Akwa Ibom State Police Command said it would prosecute those who violate the compulsory use of face masks in public places in the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer CSP Frederick Nnudam, who spoke on behalf of the Commissioner, CP Imohimi Edgal in a Statement on Tuesday, said all the Divisional Police Officers, DPOs and other members of the Enforcement Committee have been mandated to arrest and prosecute offenders

The Statement reads in parts, “In its renewed efforts and determination to enforce the provisions of the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement Regulations, 2020 as amended, reaffirms that wearing of facemask by all persons in public places will be vigorously enforced.

“For the avoidance of doubt, paragraph 12 (1) of the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2020 states that “the use of facemask by all persons in public places is hereby made mandatory”. While paragraph 12(2) provides a fine of ten thousand naira (N10, 000.00) for a first time offender or community service for seven (7) days and a fine of twenty thousand naira (N20,000.00) for a second time and subsequent offender or community service for fourteen (14) days.

“In view of the foregoing, the Commissioner of Police has directed all Area Commanders, DPOs and other members of the Enforcement Committee to arrest and prosecute any pedestrian, passenger, driver, congregation, seller, buyer and other persons found in public places without facemasks.”

The Command however urged the people to always wear facemasks in public places and follow other safety measures aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.


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Woman shares hilarious Nose Mask made with ‘Pant LINER’ [Photo]

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A Nigerian lady has taken to social media to report that she bought a special nose mask designed with pant liner.

According to her, the mask was sold at a higher price just because it is reportedly filtered, only for her to discover later that the filter was a pant liner for women.

Taking to Twitter to express her disappointment, she wrote:

See the nose mask they sold for #400, they said because it is filtered, please is this nose mask or pant liner.

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Reacting to her post, her friends and followers on the platform made fun of her purchase, while some others wondered what could be wrong with the country’s system that such a commodity would be sold to the public.

“I never knew nose masks come with free pant liner now. This is the matter” a user replied under her post

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Another user jokingly stated that what others do not understand is that the commodity has dual-purposes. It was designed to be used as both a nosemask and pant liner.

It’s the two. When you are done using it on your nose, you put it in your pant” @Prettyshirley wrote


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COVID-19: Qatar imposes worst penalty over failure to use mask.


Qatar on Sunday began enforcing the world’s toughest penalties of up to three years’ imprisonment for failing to wear masks in public, as it battles one of the world’s highest coronavirus infection rates.

More than 30,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the tiny Gulf country — 1.1 percent of the 2.75 million population — although just 15 people have died.

Only the micro-states of San Marino and the Vatican had higher per capita infection rates, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Violators of Qatar’s new rules will face up to three years in jail and fines of as much as $55,000.

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Drivers alone in their vehicles are exempt from the requirement, but several expats told AFP that police were stopping cars at checkpoints to warn them of the new rules before they came into force.

Wearing a mask is currently mandatory in around 50 countries, although scientists are divided on their effectiveness.

Authorities in Chad have made it an offence to be unmasked in public, on pain of 15 days in prison. In Morocco similar rules can see violators jailed for three months and fined up to 1,300 dirhams ($130).

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Qatari authorities have warned that gatherings during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan may have increased infections.

Abdullatif al-Khal, co-chair of Qatar’s National Pandemic Preparedness Committee, said Thursday that there was “a huge risk in gatherings of families” for Ramadan meals.

“(They) led to a significant increase in the number of infections among Qataris,” he said.

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Neighbouring Saudi Arabia will enforce a round-the-clock nationwide curfew during the five-day Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month to fight the coronavirus.


– Labourers at risk –


Mosques, along with schools, malls, and restaurants remain closed in Qatar to prevent the disease’s spread.

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But construction sites remain open as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 World Cup, although foremen and government inspectors are attempting to enforce social distancing rules.

Officials have said workers at three stadiums have tested positive for the highly contagious respiratory virus. Masks have been compulsory for construction workers since April 26.

Tens of thousands of migrant labourers were quarantined in Doha’s gritty Industrial Area after a number of infections were confirmed there in mid-March, but authorities have begun to ease restrictions.

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Khal said that most new cases were among migrant workers, although there has been a jump in infections among Qataris. He said the country had not yet reached the peak of its contagion.

Rights groups have warned that Gulf labourers’ cramped living conditions, communal food preparation areas and shared bathrooms could undermine social distancing efforts and speed up the spread of the virus.


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See what’s happening in the North over face mask.


The First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, is collaborating with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to produce 180,000 face masks for distribution to six Northern states of Nigeria as part of efforts aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Speaking on Wednesday at the training of about 15 women who will produce the face masks in Bauchi, the Director-General, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Nasiru Ladan Argungu, said the production and distribution of the face masks will be done in collaboration with the pet project of the First Lady, Future Assured.

Argungu, who was represented at the event by the Bauchi State Coordinator of the NDE, Ali Lawal Yaya, informed that the benefitting states are Bauchi, Sokoto, Kano, Jigawa, Kebbi and Zamfara.

According to the NDE boss, each of the six states are expected to produce 20,000 masks and distribute the same to their people.

He informed that the face masks are to be sown by women tailors in the benefiting states within one week “since they are at home doing nothing”.

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“That is why we came up with this to engage them instead of us going to the market to buy the masks,” Argungu stated.

He further stated that the collaboration between the NDE and Future Assured to produce face masks is aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and thus save the lives of Nigerians.


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