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London coronavirus cases fall faster than all other regions as nine boroughs see 40% drop in infections

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…The biggest decline was in Haringey with west London now the capital’s Covid hotspot

By Nicholas Cecil@nicholascecil

Covid-19 cases are falling fastest in London with nine boroughs seeing a weekly drop of more than 40 per cent, official figures reveal today.

They show the biggest decline was in Haringey with a fall of 44.8 per cent in confirmed cases in the week to February 5, with the seven-day rate down to 160.8 new infections per 100,000.

Hackney and the City of London saw a fall of 44.7 per cent and a rate of 135.5, Islington 44 per cent and a rate of 129.9, Southwark 43.6 per cent and a rate of 156.5, and Enfield 41.4 per cent and a rate of 185.4.

In Bromley, there was a drop of 41.4 per cent and a rate of 154.4, Lewisham 40.9 per cent and a rate of 171.3, Westminster 40.8 per cent and a rate of 132, and Tower Hamlets 40.5 per cent and a rate of 136.4.

Public health chiefs in London want the seven-day rate to get down below 100 before lockdown is eased and cases still need to fall significantly to achieve that in many boroughs.

West London is now the capital’s Covid hotspot, with Hounslow having a rate of 334.8, Ealing 328.5 and Hillingdon 300.5.

The levels are far below those of around 1,000 or more experienced by many boroughs in early January but also significantly higher than during last summer.

Nearly all the boroughs seeing the smallest declines are also in west London, with Richmond down 10.1 per cent in a week, Hounslow 23.5 per cent, Merton 24.5 per cent, Wandsworth 25.1 per cent, and Ealing 25.5 per cent.

However, the official figures show how London is driving down cases:

– Cases fell by at least a third in 21 boroughs in the week to February 5.

– Seventeen now have a seven-day rate which has dropped below 200, with the lowest in Camden at 113.

– Twelve have a rate between 200 and 300.

– A further 1,579 confirmed cases were announced for the capital on Wednesday, far below the five-figure totals being seen last month.

Pressure for return to tiers as London Covid cases carry on falling
Hospitals in the city still remain under huge pressure, with 4,574 Covid patients as of Tuesday, down from a peak of 7,917 on January 18.

There were 934 coronavirus patients so ill that they are on ventilators, a drop from figures above 1,200 in January.

Many hospitals have had to postpone non-urgent operations due to the epidemic and patients face even longer waiting lists for treatment.

The official figures also show Covid cases falling fastest in London, down 34.2 per cent in the week to February 5 and a rate of 204.2, followed by the South East down 32.2 per cent to a rate of 166.1, the East down 29.4 per cent to a rate of 194.8, and the South West down 28.5 per cent and a rate of 131.3.

The smallest drop was in Yorkshire and the Humber, down 12.3 per cent to a rate of 179.8, followed by the North East down 13 per cent to a rate of 212, the East Midlands down 15 per cent to a rate of 240.5, the North West down 20.7 per cent to a rate of 238.4 and the West Midlands down 21.2 per cent to a rate of 258.5.

The detailed data for London shows that in Haringey there were 432 cases in the week to February 5, down 351 (44.8%) with a seven-day rate of 160.8, Hackney and City of London 394 cases, down 319 (44.7%) rate 135.5, Islington 315 cases, down 248 (44%) rate 129.9, Southwark 499 cases, down 386 (43.6%) rate 156.5, Enfield 619 cases, down 438 (41.4%) rate 185.4, Bromley 513 cases, down 362 (41.4%) rate 154.4, Lewisham 524 cases, down 363 (40.9%) rate 171.3, Westminster 345 cases, down 238 (40.8%) rate 132, Tower Hamlets 443 cases, down 302 (40.5%) rate 136.4, Bexley 432 cases, down 262 (37.8%) rate 174, Barking and Dagenham 521 cases, down 313 (37.5%) rate 244.7, and Camden 305 cases, down 182 (37.4%) rate 113.

Waltham Forest saw 532 cases, down 315 (37.2%) rate 192.1, Harrow 604 cases, down 357 (37.1%) rate 240.5, Newham 863 cases, down 487 (36.1%) rate 244.4, Redbridge 665 cases, down 361 (35.2%) rate 217.9, Kingston 348 cases, down 187 (35%) rate 196, Croydon 817 cases, down 432 (34.6%) rate 211.3, Barnet 804 cases, down 411 (33.8%) rate 203.1, Brent 948 cases, down 485 (33.8%) rate 287.5, Greenwich 570 cases, down 285 (33.3%) rate 198,Lambeth 677 cases, down 328 (32.6%) rate 207.6, Hammersmith and Fulham 409 cases, down 187 (31.4%) rate 220.9,Kensington and Chelsea 236 cases, down 98 (29.3%) rate 151.2, Hillingdon 922 cases, down 377 (29%) rate 300.5,Havering 539 cases, down 210 (28%) rate 207.7, Ealing 1123 cases, down 385 (25.5%) rate 328.5, Wandsworth 599 cases, down 201 (25.1%) rate 181.7, Sutton 500 cases, down 165 (24.8%) rate 242.3, Merton 502 cases, down 163 (24.5%) rate 243, Hounslow 909 cases, down 279 (23.5%) rate 334.8, and Richmond 392 cases, down 44 (10.1%) rate 198.

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Ebonyi Head of Service Position: Umahi Throws Application Open

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Against the usual practice of picking from the top echelon of the Civil Service,  Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi on Tuesday threw the position of Head of Service (HoS) of the state open, asking civil servants on Grade Level 14 and above to apply within two weeks.

Umahi, in a statement by the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji, said civil servants across the 13 LGAs of the state are qualified to apply within two weeks.

“The Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi requests applications from Civil Servants from Grade Level 14 and above to fill the vacancy of the Head Of Service (HOS), who shall be bowing out of Civil Service on 30th June 2021 after a meritorious and selfless service to the government and people of Ebonyi State,” the statement read in part.

The Governor further directed the civil servants to forward their applications to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG): “All applications are to be addressed to the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner, and submitted with all relevant credentials no later than 30th June, 2021.

Umahi added that “In replacing the outgoing Head of Service, the Government will be looking for the best for the State to continue the good work that the outgoing Head of Service began.

He applauded the loyalty, committed efforts and selfless service rendered by the out-going Head Of Service, Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, in the state and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Federal High Court Issues New Practice Direction For Filing Of Processes As Workers Resume

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The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court (FHC), Justice John Tsoho, has issued a new practice direction on exemption of payment of default fees for filing of processes.

The development, according to a statement by Catherine Oby-Nwandu, Chief Information Officer of FHC, on Friday night, followed the resumption of work after the two-month strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) was called off on on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JUSUN had, on April 6, shut down all courts nationwide to demand for financial autonomy for the judiciary at the state level.

Although the industrial action was called off on Wednesday, June 9, the workers union directed all its members to resume work on Monday, June 14.

Justice Tsoho, in the statement, therefore ordered that notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the court rules, 2019, on computation of time for filling of court proceedings as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time, the period covering the JUSUN strike action would be exempted.

The statement reads: “Following the resumption of work after the strike action by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June 2021 which affected court proceedings and filling of processes, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honorable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, announces to Hon. Judges, stakeholders and the general public, the essential need for a new Practice Direction on EXEMPTION OF PAYMENT OF DEFAULT FEES FOR FILING OF PROCESSES computation of time for the payment of default fees for extension of time for filing processes in the Federal High Court of Nigeria for the above period.

“Pursuant to the powers conferred on him, he thereby issues the following Practice Directions:
“COMPUTATION of Time for filing of court processes and payment of default fees for extension of time;
“Notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019 on computation of time for filling of court proceedings or doing an act as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time thereof, the period covering the JUSUN strike action, being from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June, 2021, is hereby exempted.

“APPLICABILITY; These practice Directions shall, save to the extent or as may be otherwise directed by the Chief Judge, apply to both criminal and civil causes and matters in the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

“CITATION; These Practice Directions shall be cited as the Federal High Court (Exemption of Payment of Default Fees for Filing of Processes) Practice Directions (No. 2) 2021.

“The Practice Directions take effect from Tuesday, June 15, 2021.”(NAN)

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BUHARI REMOVES ARMSTRONG IDACHABA, REPLACES HIM WITH SHEHU ILELAH AS NBC DG.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, as the new director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the appointment in a statement made available to NAN in Abuja on Friday.

The statement said Ilelah’s appointment is for a tenure of five years in the first instance.

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It added that Ilelah is a veteran broadcaster.

Ilelah takes over from the acting director-general of the agency, Armstrong Idachaba, who had been acting since the removal of Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, the esthwhile director-general who was removed over alleged corruption last year.

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