Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammad test positive for the coronavirus, Nigerian celebrities self-isolate as AMVCA attendee tests positive for coronavirus, Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics postponed. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest which summarizes five of the hottest global news you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.
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1. Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed test positive for coronavirus
President Muhammadu Buhari’s influential chief of staff, Abba Kyari has tested positive for coronavirus. Abba Kyari, who is in his 70s, is an important figure in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and his testing positive for coronavirus could have ramifications for the running of the country.
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has also tested positive for coronavirus. The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, disclosed this in a media statement made available on Tuesday. The governor earlier said he met and shook hands with Mohammed, the son of former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.
2. Nigerian celebrities go into self-isolation as AMVCA attendee tests positive for coronavirus
Several Nigerian celebrities have gone into self-isolation after it was announced that they might have come in contact with a person that tested positive for coronavirus at the 2020 Africa Movie Viewers’ Choice (AMVCA) that held at the Eko Hotels & Suites on Sunday, March 14, 2020.
This came after the Lagos State Ministry of Health confirmed that an attendee of the recently held awards’ ceremony tested positive for the virus. This means that all other attendees were likely exposed to the novel coronavirus. The victim is said to be a photographer who came back from the UK a few days before the event.
Following the announcement, celebrities like Banky W and his wife Adesuwa Etomi, 2019 Big Brother Naija winner Mercy Eke and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu took to Twitter to reveal that they are already on self-isolation.
3. African saxophone legend, Manu Dibango dies of coronavirus
The African saxophone legend Manu Dibango has died in Paris after contracting the coronavirus. Dibango – best known for his 1972 hit Soul Makossa – is one of the first global stars to die from Covid-19. The 86-year-old fused jazz and funk music with traditional sounds from his home country, Cameroon. He collaborated with numerous artists over a long career, including US pianist Herbie Hancock and Nigeria’s Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.
His funeral will take place in “strict privacy”, a statement read, asking instead for people to send condolences by email and adding that a tribute will be arranged when possible. Top African musicians Angelique Kidjo and Youssou Ndour have led the tributes.
4. India’s Prime Minister puts India under lockdown for 21 days to fight the virus
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday the government would impose a nationwide lockdown from midnight for 21 days to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
“There will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes,” Modi said in a televised address.
India has so far reported 519 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 10 deaths.
5. Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed because of coronavirus
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been postponed until next year because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The event, due to begin on 24 July, will now take place “no later than summer 2021.
“I proposed to postpone for a year and [IOC] president Thomas Bach responded with 100% agreement,” said Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister. The event will still be called Tokyo 2020 despite taking place in 2021.
While the Games is the biggest sporting event to be affected by the pandemic, there has been a huge impact on a host of other major tournaments and sports.
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