Two Syrian refugees at Jordan’s Azraq camp have tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first confirmed cases to be reported inside a refugee camp in the kingdom, the UN said on Tuesday.
“These are the first confirmed cases of coronavirus inside refugee camps in Jordan,” the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Jordan said in a statement.
The positive test results came out on Monday evening, prompting the UN to move the two patients to facilities designated by Jordanian authorities to isolate Covid-19 patients.
Other refugees who were in direct contact with them have been tested and isolated inside the camp until the results come back, UNHCR added.
The Azraq refugee camp is Jordan’s second largest and home to almost 37,000 refugees.
It is located around 100km east of the capital Amman.
Jordan hosts more than 1.2 million Syrian refugees, including some 650,000 registered with the UN.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Sadiya Hamza
Rubiales re-elected Spanish football federation president
Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales has been re-elected unopposed, with a new four-year mandate, the federation said on Monday.
Spain’s former World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas withdrew his candidacy in June, citing the coronavirus pandemic as a reason.
The federation announced the news on Twitter and posted reactions from other football officials, including FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
“Congratulations Luis, I want to thank you and the RFEF for all the work done in the last few years, but above all, in the last few months,” said Infantino.
Rubiales, 43, took over from Angel Maria Villar in May 2018, who was sacked following corruption charges.
Born in Las Palmas, Rubiales played for several lower league clubs after coming through the Valencia and Atletico Madrid youth systems.
He finished his playing career in 2009 with Hamilton Academical in Scotland.
One of his first decisions as RFEF president was to sack then Spain coach Julen Lopetegui ahead of the 2018 World Cup, after Real Madrid announced him as their next manager.
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
Consumers must get value for money, FG tells service providers
The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment has charged users of weighing and measuring instruments to ensure that consumers get correct quantity and value for their goods and services.
The charge was made on Monday in Lokoja by the Ministry’s Department of Weighing and Measurement in a statement.
The statement which was issued at the end of a four-day Post COVID-19 sensitisation exercise in Kogi State also called on the users to meet their obligations to the government.
The leader of the sensitisation team, Mr Okechukwu Ejiofor, an Assistant Director in the Department signed the statement.
He said that the objective of the exercise was to enlighten the stakeholders on their rights and responsibilities in the use of weighing and measuring instruments for trade.
He added that it was also to educate weighing and measuring instruments’ users on the effects of the ministry’s regulatory activities on their businesses.
“The exercise became necessary considering the fact that businesses will face challenges as they emerge from the lockdown brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Businesses mostly affected are those that use weighing and measuring instruments for trade.
“Such businesses include, but are not limited to LPG (domestic gas) retail outlets, manufacturers of prepackages like cement, bottled water, soft drinks and bread, and petroleum products retail outlets,” he said.
According to Ejiofor , weighing and measuring instruments’ users must ensure that they have valid certificates of verification and be up-to-date in the payment of necessary statutory fees to government.
Ejiofor said that it was unlawful to use a weighing or measuring instrument for trade without a valid certificate of verification issued by the Weights and Measures Department.
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Lagos releases resumption dates for 2020/2021 school session
The Lagos State Ministry of Education has approved resumption dates for the 2020 to 2021 school session.
According to the time table, both public and private schools below tertiary level will resume First Term academic activities on Monday Sept. 21, 2020.
The term is expected to run until Dec.18, 2020 while the second term will begin Jan. 4, 2021 and run until April 16, 2021.
Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, the Dirsctor, the Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA) urged all public and private schools in the state to adhere strictly to the harmonised school calendar.
The director urged school management to have a ”qualitative health and safety plan” that will help protect students, teachers and workers as schools reopen in the state.
“t is not enough to reopen but to keep staying opened since some schools all over the world had to shut down after reopening due to a spike in the pandemic.
“All schools must make efforts to comply with these requirements, not just for the improvement of the overall school operations but for safe reopening for academic activities,” she said.
She also advised schools to have a flexible teaching and learning plans where students and teachers who feel sick can teach or learn from home via available online platforms.
Seriki-Ayeni said schools must strive to avoid any COVID-19 infection in their school.
She further advised that teachers, students and visitors must wear face mask at all time.
She said that the students must observe physical distancing, regularly wash hands with soap under running water and maintain high standard of personal hygiene in the school premises.
She said that schools must have an isolation/holding bay to care for medical emergencies should students come up with symptoms such as cough, headache, catarrh, difficulty in breathing, sneezing and fever.
She also said further measures put in place by the Lagos State Government through the Office of Education Quality Assurance is for public and private schools in Lagos State to register online with the OEQA.
They are to take the School Self-risk Assessment take the online training course to obtain reopening clearance for academic activities on the OEQA website: www.oeqalagos.com.
According to her, this will help the Office of Education Quality Assurance to determine the level of preparedness as well as guide schools on what they need to put in place for a safe reopening.
She implored school leaders to embrace new learning style like outdoor classes, staggered attendance, platooning or alternative attendance among others in collaboration with parents in a safe and secure environment.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
COVID-19 rules for pubs to change soon – UK minister
Changes will be brought in to COVID-19-related rules affecting pubs, Britain’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said on Monday.
Asked whether pubs would open at the weekend, Hancock said, “we’ll be absolutely clear about changes that we need to make in the very, very near future.
“We’ve been working on this all weekend.
“We haven’t taken the final decision about what we need to do in response to the surge in new cases that we’ve seen’’.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde