Highlights

  • Atiku’s son has been transferred to an Abuja hospital for treatment
  • US Republican senator, Rand Paul, was in contact with other Republican senators who are now quarantined
  • Chancellor Merkel quarantined as her doctor tests positive for coronavirus

 

Former Nigerian vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has announced that his son has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Atiku disclosed this via his verified Twitter handle on Sunday.

“My son has tested positive to coronavirus,” he tweeted.

According to the former vice president and presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 presidential election, his son has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment.

“Stay safe, coronavirus is real,” he added.

The Tweet:

There was no indication in the tweet how his son contracted the virus or which of his sons tested positive.

Nigeria among countries with double-digit COVID-19 infections. Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

The total number of coronavirus-positive people in Nigeria jumped by 8 to 30, according to official figures on Sunday, placing it among countries in the world with double-digit infections.

Senator Rand Paul

Senator Rand Paul

US Republican senator, Rand Paul, on Sunday announced he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the first senator known to have contracted the virus.

Paul — who has been working from the Capitol in recent days — said he was tested out of caution “due to his extensive travel and events”. Later, his staff said that Paul had attended an event where two people tested positive, though the senator did not recall specific interactions with either of them.

The Kentucky senator had been interacting with his colleagues just days prior, voting on the floor, sitting in meetings and speaking to reporters in hallways.

Two Utah Republican senators, Sen. Mike Lee and Sen. Mitt Romney are now self-quarantining after close interactions with Paul. Lee’s office said on Sunday that the Capitol’s attending physician directed him to stay isolated for 14 days, a recommendation Romney also received.

Meanwhile, Sen. Cory Gardner (Republican-Colorado) is also self-quarantining in Washington after potential exposure earlier this month, as is Sen. Rick Scott (Republican-Florida).

Health officials have said the virus is spread largely among people who are showing symptoms of the disease. But people who have the disease who aren’t symptomatic — like Paul — can still pass it to others.

Apprehension

Privately, some senators have become very concerned over Paul’s diagnosis. Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran said in a GOP lunch on Sunday that Paul was at the gym in the morning, swimming in the pool.

The number of COVID-19-positive people in America at press time was 34,717 with 1,171 new cases, 451 deaths and 178  recoveries.

Chancellor Angela Merkel

German chancellor Angela Merkel

German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has gone into quarantine after being informed that a doctor who administered a vaccine to her has tested positive for coronavirus.

The head of the German government was informed about the doctor’s test shortly after holding a news conference on Sunday announcing new measures to curb the spread of the virus, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said. He said Merkel had received a precautionary vaccine on Friday against pneumococcal infection.

At the televised press briefing, Merkel said Germany would ban public meetings of more than two people. “The great aim is to gain time in the fight against the virus,” she said, citing an agreement between the federal government and regional states.

“For at least the next two weeks, people will not be allowed to form groups of three or more in public unless they live together in the same household, or the gathering is work-related,” she added.

For most people, Covid-19 causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever or coughing. For some, especially older people and those with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or even death. About 93,800 people have recovered, mostly in China.

Seibert said Merkel would undergo regular tests in the coming days and continue with her work from home for the time being.

Merkel had earlier expressed her gratitude to Germans who were following the rules on social distancing, saying it was important to remain at least 1.5 metres (about 5 feet) apart to reduce the likelihood of infection.

On Sunday she thanked “the overwhelming majority” of Germans who were following rules on social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“I know that it means sacrifice,” she said, citing the economic and social costs that the lockdown was having. “I’m moved by the fact that so many are abiding by these rules. This way we show care for older and sick people, because the virus is most dangerous to them. In short: we are saving lives with this.”

Merkel said the lockdown had already affected her profoundly, too. “My life has also fundamentally changed and now consists largely of phone calls and video conferences,” she said.

The development illustrated how even world leaders are not free from the risk of infection. “With a certain distance the risk of infections is reduced almost to zero,” Merkel told reporters. “Whether you are half a metre apart or 1.5 metres apart makes a huge difference.”

Seconds later, she was informed that her doctor had tested positive for Covid-19.

So far, 94 people have died of the disease in Germany, and it has a total of 24,873 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 266 recoveries.

At press time, there were 338,724 cases of coronavirus globally. 14,686 people have died while 98,926 have recovered.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the disease in Italy has surpassed that of China where it was first discovered (3,270 deaths). Italy now has 59,138 cases, 5,476 deaths, including 18 doctors; 651 of the fatalities in the last 24 hours.

Italian authorities have appealed to the United States for help with military personnel and medical supplies.

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Please, spare a prayer for them and keep yourself and others safe by staying at home as much as possible.

For daily updates: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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