Still on vaccine hesitancy amidst Omicron surge

January 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

Nigeria is currently witnessing a surge in cases of Covid-19 Omicron variant amidst vaccine hesitancy among the citizens. SAMSON BENJAMIN in this report examines the reasons for the hesitancy and the way out. Data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) recently showed that Nigeria missed the 40 percent vaccination target set by the World Health Assembly, the highest health Read More

Despite Omicron surge, Nigerians jettison Covid protocols

January 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

As Nigerians battle the effects of the deadly coronavirus, co-named Covid-19, its new variant Omicron is said to be far more contagious. Despite this, some Nigerians have jettisoned the Covid protocols; TOPE SUNDAY reports. Nigeria, like other parts of the world, is challenged by the outbreak of the deadly Covid-19 and this has resulted in 3,087 deaths out of the 249,422 recorded Read More

More jitters as Lassa fever ‘returns’ amidst rising Covid-19 Omicron cases

January 7, 2022 BENJAMIN SAMSON 0

…Lassa fever killed 92 Nigerians in 2021- Report …Prepare for fresh, deadlier outbreaks, NMA warns …No coordinated effort to reduce casualties – Expert …Nigeria currently experiencing fourth wave – NCDC Nigeria is currently witnessing a resurgence of Lassa fever amidst the fourth wave of Covid-19 pandemic occasioned by the Omicron variants. BENJAMIN SAMSON in this report examines the current outbreak. Read More

As spread continues, WHO fires fresh warning over Omicron

January 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against describing the Omicron variant as mild, saying it is killing people across the world. Recent studies suggest that Omicron is less likely to make people seriously ill than previous Covid variants. But the record number of people catching it has left health systems under severe pressure, said WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Read More

[Breaking] Omicron: UK bows, removes Nigeria from red list

December 14, 2021 BBC 0

The government has said that all 11 countries will be removed from the UK’s travel red list from 4am on Wednesday. Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe are on the list. The red list was reintroduced in late November as a precaution after the emergence of the Omicron variant. But Health Secretary Sajid Read More

Omicron: Experts advise FG to avoid another lockdown

December 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

Economic experts on Friday in Lagos advised the federal government to avoid another round of lockdown of the economy due to the new Omicron Covid-19 variant. The experts told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that protecting lives was very important but the protection of livelihood was also key and should be factored in, in the government’s response to the Read More

Omicron: Saudi Arabia bans Nigerian fligts

December 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Saudi Arabia government Wednesday joined the growing list of countries that banned Nigerians and flights originating from the country from their countries over the spread of the deadly new coronavirus variant, Omicron. The Kingdom’s aviation regulatory body, General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), in a circular with subject: ‘Suspension of Flight Coming from and to the Federal Republic of Read More

Omicron: FG responsible for UK, Canada travel restrictions – Prof. Tomori

December 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

Oyewale Tomori, a professor of virology and educational administrator said Monday that the federal government should be blamed for the travel restrictions imposed on Nigerians by the governments of United Kingdom and Canada over cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19. Speaking at a National COVID-19 Summit with a theme “Pushing Through the Last Mile to End the Pandemic and Build Read More

Breaking: Confusion as British airways fly in, out of Nigeria

December 6, 2021 Editor 0

There are indications that British Airways on Monday operated inbound and outbound flights out of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. The British carrier flew into Lagos with flight number – BA075 from London, Heathrow, MMIA officials revealed. The eyewitness disclosed that the flight landed at the runways of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at exactly 04.55 am. Details Read More

Breaking: Nigeria records first Omicron COVID-19 variant

December 1, 2021 Editor 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC) has eventually confirmed the first case of Omicron COVID-19 variant in Nigeria. This was disclosed in a press statement by the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa on Wednesday morning. The centre had two days ago denied any record of the variant in Nigeria. Details loading…

WHO calls latest COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’

November 27, 2021 Editor 0

The latest COVID-19 variant identified in South Africa has been given the Greek name ‘Omicron’, and labeled as a variant of concern by UN health agency experts due to its large number of mutations and possible faster rate of infection.  According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), preliminary evidence also suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant of concern, Read More