HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS
- IPOB SUSPEND SIT AT HOME ORDER
- 31 PEOPLE KILLED BY FLASH FLOOD IN TURKEY
- US TROOPS ARRIVES AFGHANISTAN FOR RESIDENTS EVACUATION
- PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT ORDERS LOCKDOWN AS COUNTRY HITS MASSIVE COIVID 19 CASES
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Ncdc has disclosed that 11 patients died from coronavirus on august 13, 2021 in Nigeria.
The Ncdc made the confirmation in a statement on the agency’s website saying the country’s fatality toll from the pandemic now stood at 2,211.
The health agency which added that the country reported 636 additional infections on august 13, 117 fewer than the 753 cases recorded on august 12. Covid-19 cumulative cases now stand at 181,297. Noted that the additional 636 infections were confirmed in 16 states and the federal capital territory.
According to the Ncdc, lagos state which is the epicentre of the covid-19 pandemic in nigeria, recorded 291 cases, rivers 117 ,Taraba 58, Akwa Ibom 54, Kwara 28, Fct 13, Oyo 11, Edo 9; Osun 6, Bayelsa 5, Ekiti and Ogun recorded 14 each, delta and Gombe 4 each, Abia and Plateau 3 each, and Sokoto 1.
The health agency disclosed that a total of 149 patients recovered from the disease and were discharged from various isolation centres.
Indigenous people of biafra, IPOB, directorate of states, DOS, chika edoziem has announced the suspension of the every monday sit-at-home order.
Edoziem made this announcement while featuring on a radio programme on august 13, saying the weekly sit-at-home stands should be suspended.
It would be recalled that ipob had ordered its followers and people of the southeast to sit-at-home every monday in a move which was aimed at prevailing on the federal government to release its leader, nnamdi kanu.
The DOS however announced the suspension of the action, stating that the sit-at-home would be declared whenever kanu will be making appearance in court and not every monday as earlier directed.
No fewer than 31 people have been killed by flash floods along the black sea coast in northern turkey.
According to report, kastamonu province is the worst-hit area, accounting for 29 deaths while 2 others died in sinop on the coast.
It was reported that the floods which was triggered by torrential rain, caused some buildings to collapse, smashed bridges, clogged streets with wrecked cars and cut power supplies while more than 1,700 people have been evacuated, and as many as 330 villages are now without electricity.
While commiserating with victims of the flood, turkish president recep tayyip erdogan who has been facing criticism for its handling of turkey’s recent natural disasters, visited kastamonu on august 13 to attend a funeral for some of the flooding victims promising to compensate those who lost their loved ones and to make move in forestalling the incident in the nearest future.
Postal workers at a sorting facility in peschiera town of borromeo, near milan in italy have found three pistol bullets in a letter sent to pope francis.
Universal postal union UPU communication manager, david made this known in a statement released to newsmen commending the workers who discovered the ammunition.
Dadge noted that discovery shows that mail persons are not just deliverers of mail but are on the frontline when trying to keep the public safe as they process billions of letter and parcels annually, risk handling bullets, bombs and deadly drugs.
The spokesman however stated that the police have launched an investigation into the envelope addressed with pen which is believed to have been sent from france.
Venezuelan government and opposition members have been planning to start dialogue in mexico city to seek elusive consensus on how to overcome the economic and social crises gripping the country.
According to report, representatives of the two sides signed an agreement on friday in mexico city, officially inaugurating the start of the dialogue mediated by norway and hosted by the mexican government.
It was reported that the government of president nicolas maduro had been pressing for the lifting of sanctions imposed by the united states and europe against venezuelan officials and institutions for what they described as criminal activities and the state’s suppression of democracy.
Report however noted that president joe biden’s administration who had broadly maintained measures against venezuela’s economy and continued supporting opposition leader juan guaido, signalled a willingness to ease sanctions if maduro were to show signs of serious negotiation with the opposition.
United states president, joe biden’s asylum policies have been criticized by immigration advocates, saying expulsions of migrants at the united states-mexico border and other deterrent measures were cruel, unlawful and ineffective.
Over 100 organisations made the criticism in a letter wrote to biden and government top officials on friday urging the democratic president to restore the ability of all migrants to claim asylum in the us and eschew any new policies that limit asylum access.
The organisations accused biden who promised a more humane immigration approach for reversing many of the restrictive policies of his republican predecessor, former president donald trump.
Reacting, homeland security secretary alejandro mayorkas said that the us would expand an online asylum registration system for asylum seekers to apply remotely, adding that more changes would be announced in the coming days.
The first United State troops have been arriving at Afghanistan to help diplomatic staff and others leave the country, as many countries scramble to evacuate workers and citizens amid a rapid Taliban advance as militants captured pul-e-alam, capital of loghar province, which is just 80km 50 miles from the capital kabul on august 13, 2021.
United Nations secretary general António Guterres made this known saying the situation was spinning out of control with devastating consequences for civilians, adding that more than 250,000 people have been forced to leave their homes so far.
Reacting, pentagon spokesman john kirby described the recent advances as deeply concerning but downplayed any suggestion that kabul was under imminent threat from the group.
It would be noted that the taliban advance comes as us and other foreign troops withdraw after 20 years of military operations.
Philippines government has placed some neighborhoods under stricter quarantine order as cases of covid 19 pandemic continue to rise and the philippines’s already stretched healthcare system is under more strain.
Health ministry spokesperson maria vergeire explained that hundreds of hospitals in the country were again nearing full capacity with some facilities reporting they had run out of intensive care unit beds for covid-19 patients while healthcare workers who are forced to work longer hours have been exhausted.
Vergeire added that the health ministry recorded 13,177 new coronavirus infections on august 13, the highest since a record daily tally of 15,310 on april 2, bringing total cases to 1.71 million which is the second-highest in southeast asia after indonesia.
The health ministry spokesperson therefore urged the public to get vaccinated and follow health protocols, noting that it would take two to three weeks before the effect of the lockdown is felt.