Daily Current Affairs: March 11, 2020

Here are key March 11, 2020 Nigeria Current Affairs on coronavirus, COVID-19 for knowledge-base.

Business & Economy

1. Coronavirus: Prepare for trouble, NNPC GMD alerts Nigerians

Following the rising cases of coronavirus across the globe and its effect on oil prices, the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Mele Kyari, has alerted Nigerians to prepare for trouble. Oil prices have fallen to about $32 per barrel, while Nigeria’s Federal Government’s 2020 budget was benchmarked at $57 per barrel.

2. Africa’s Richest Man Aliko Dangote loses N240b in Five Hours to Coronavirus

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote on Wednesday lost more than N240 billion in five hours as a result of the COVID-19 that has bit harder on the Stock Exchange.

Breaking down the loses suffered at the market by some of Dangote’s firms under the parent-company, Dangote Group, Dangote Cement Plc, the flagship of Dangote Industries Limited (DIL), led the decline with the maximum daily allowable drop of 10 per cent or N17, which is equivalent to net depreciation of N289.68 billion. Dangote Cement is Nigeria’s most capitalised quoted company and accounts for more than 20 per cent of the total market capitalisation.

Two other members of the Dangote Group, Dangote Sugar Refinery (DSR) Plc and NASCON Allied Industries Plc lost N1.8 billion and N3.05 billion. Dangote Cement’s share price dropped by N17 from N170 to close at N153. NASCON Allied Industries declined by N1.15 to close at N3.05 while DSR lost 15 kobo to close at N9.75 per share. The Nation reports.

  • Investors have suffered a total of N1.41 trillion loss in the last three days to the pandemic which is wreaking havoc across the world.


1. Coronavirus: NYSC Deploys Infrared Thermometers in all the 36 States in Nigeria

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Wednesday March 11, 2020 in Abuja, said it has provided infrared thermometers in all the 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus in its orientation camps.

In addition to providing infrared thermometers, the scheme said that it has also provided hand sanitizers, washing hand basins and soaps in all of its secretariats and at strategic locations at the orientation camps of the scheme nationwide.

2. Unizik Suspends Chinese Language Programme over Coronavirus Outbreak

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, has suspended the Chinese Language Programme following the outbreak of coronavirus.

This was disclosed on Wednesday March 11, 2020 by the the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Charles Esimone, during a press briefing to unveil its programme for the forth-coming fourteenth convocation ceremony of the Institution.

According to Professor Esimone, most of the Chinese Lecturers of the Confucius Institute of the University went on holiday last December and they had to stop them from coming back immediately the disease broke out early this year.

He however, said because of the importance of the program, the university is considering starting the program online, to fill the void.

Health Awareness

1. WHO Declares COVID-19 a Pandemic

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday March 11, 2020 declared coronavirus a pandemic.

A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.

Speaking at the COVID-19 media briefing, the WHO Director-General said:

WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.

We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.

Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.

Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this virus. It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do.

We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus.

And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled, at the same time.

WHO’s Tweet:

  • In Nigeria, two persons, including an Italian, who is the index case, are in quarantine in Lagos. Six others comprising four children, their teacher and another person are in isolation, according to Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi.

2. Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) 12th National Situation Report Highlights of COVID-19 Outbreak for March 11, 2020

=>On the 11th of March 2020, no new confirmed case of COVID-19 recorded in Nigeria

=> Cumulatively, there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria

=> Apart from the index case, a total of 40 people have been screened for COVID-19 (7 new) in 5
States (Edo, Lagos, Ogun, FCT and Kano) out of which 39 tested negative and have been ruled
out, while one confirmed positive which is a contact of index case with no death

=> A cumulative total of 217 contacts were linked to the index case comprising of four contacts at
the airport, four at the hotel, 40 at the workplace and 169 from the airline.

=> A cumulative total of 217 contacts were linked to the index case comprising of four contacts at
the airport, four at the hotel, 40 at the workplace and 169 from the airline.

=> The two confirmed cases are clinically stable at the designated treatment facility for COVID-19
at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Yaba, Lagos

=> A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at level 3, continues to
coordinate the national response activities

=> Global situation: As at 10th March 2020, a total of 113,702 confirmed cases reported (71.2%
cases in China) and 4,012 deaths. Number of countries/territories/areas affected within the last
24 hours increased by 5 countries (Brunei Darussalam, Mongolia, Cyprus, Guernsey and
Panama) making a total of 110 countries1

=> Eleven of 54 countries in Africa with reported cases; Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal,
Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon, Burkina Faso,Togo and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Source: NCDC

3. Coronavirus FAKE NEWS: NCDC Counters Rumours of COVID-19 Outbreak in Abuja

4. http://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng: NCDC launches New Microsite Dedicated for #COVID19

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC on March 10, 2020 announced that it has created a new microsite specifically for #COVID19

The new #COVID19 webpage http://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng will provide Nigerians and the world with the following information: Guidelines developed, Frequently Asked Questions, Infographics for download and use, Daily situation reports and More.


1. Juventus Player Tests Positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Juventus Football player, Daniele Rugani, has tested positive for Coronavirus-COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic . “Juventus Football Club is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including those who have had contact with him,” a statement by the club said.

International News

1. Ivory Coast Records its First Case Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Ivory Coast on Wednesday March 11, 2020 recorded its first case of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19). According to a statement by health ministry, the case involved a 45-year-old man, who had recently travelled to Italy.

By this record, Ivory Coast is now the eighth country in sub-Saharan Africa to confirm a case after Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Togo, South Africa, Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

2. South Africa on Wednesday March 11, 2020 announced six new cases of the virus on Wednesday, bringing the confirmed case of the COVID-19 to a total of 13 in Africa.

3. U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday March 11, 2020 announced a month-long travel restriction to the United States from Europe. He however said the order does not apply to Britain or to Americans undergoing “appropriate screenings.”

4. After the World Health Organization (WHO) called the outbreak a pandemic for the first time on Wednesday, there are now over 126,000 cases of coronavirus globally, and over 4,600 have died, according to a Reuters tally at 0200 GMT on Thursday.

Almost 7,000 cases were reported in the past day, far surpassing the average daily amount reported in China during the virus’ initial peak. Italy saw the sharpest increase in cases, with over 2,300 in 24 hours, accounting for a third of all new cases in the past day.

5. A total of 196 people died in Italy over the last 24 hours, the largest rise in absolute numbers since the contagion came to light on Feb. 21, 2020. Italy is the worst hit country in Europe with 827 deaths. Over 16 million people have been quarantined there.

6. France has suspended flights between it and Italy till April 3 because of the pandemic.

7. German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized for saying COVID-19 was likely to infect up to 70% of Germans.

8. Philippines President to be tested for coronavirus on Thursday March 12, 2020

9. Google writes all of its employees in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to work from home starting March 12th, following the outbreak of coronavirus.

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