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



…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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Freedom At Last, as Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame are Release



Two former governors Jolly Nyame and Joshua Dariye have been released by the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS).

They were serving jail terms for corruption allegations until they were granted a presidential pardon by President Muhammadu Buhari a few months ago.

The Council of State had approved the pardon alongside 157 other convicts in April this year.

The former governors were convicted by Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal High Court, Abuja in 2018.

Dariye was convicted of stealing N1.16 billion while serving as Plateau governor from 1999 to 2007 and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. But his term was eventually reduced to 10 years by the Court of Appeal in Abuja, while his conviction was affirmed by the Supreme Court.

Nyame, who was Taraba governor from 1999 to 2007, was convicted of stealing N1.6 billion from the state’s treasury and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The judgment was also upheld by the Supreme Court.

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Former NARSDA Boss, Prof Seidu Mohammed Passes On



Former Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, NARSDA, and one-time governorship aspirant,  Professor Seidu Muhammed Ogah has been confirmed dead. It was gathered that he died in Abuja.

A statement by Agency disclosed that the former NARSDA boss died at Nisa Premier Hospital in the early hours of Monday. .

”It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Prof Seidu Mohammed Onailo, our former Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency, NARSDA which occurred on August 8, 2022, at Nisa Premier Hospital in Abuja,” the statement read.

The 62-year old former NARSDA boss,  a Professor of Space Science,  hailed from Abejukolo in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State and is survived by his wife, children and other relatives.

He was a visiting Professor of Remote Sensing and GIS, Kaduna State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Remote Sensing from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria in 2004, and received his M.Sc. degree in Soil Survey /Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System from International Institute for Geo-information and Earth Observation (ITC) Twente University, Enschede, The Netherlands in 1993, where he studied as a European Economic Commission Scholar.

He also served as a senior lecturer in the department of Geology, University of Jos from 2007-2009. Over the years, he made significant contributions to the development of models for desertification assessment and predictions in the North West region of Nigeria. This model has been applied by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) as well as other Nigerian institutions in studying the menace of desertification in the country. The model is currently being used to study the green belt region in West Africa.

An erudite scholar prolific writer,  he had over 40 publications in applied space science. He has made tremendous contributions to the implementation of the space programme in Nigeria.

Under his leadership at NARSDA, Nigeria launched three satellites. He was the Chairman, Governing Board, African Regional Centre for Space Technology Education, Ile-Ife as well as the Chairman, Board of Directors, GeoApps + Limited.

He was also a Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Radio and Planetary Sciences, the Astronomical Society of Nigeria, the Nigerian Institute of Physics, the Cartographic Association of Nigeria as well as a fellow and board member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Meanwhile, reactions and condolence messages have been coming in, as the people mourn the demise the thoroughbred intellectual.

Reacting to the death of the foremost academic and researcher, prominent indigene of Abejukolo and Special Assistant to the Minister of Aviation, Dr James Odaudu said the death was a great loss to the people of Omala Local government, Igala Kingdom, the Nigerian nation and the academic world.

Late Prof S. O Mohammed

“Professor Seidu Mohammed was not only a leader of the people of Omala Local government, Kogi State and the entire nation, but an intellectual colossus whose academic works have been of immense benefit to scientific research, especially in the area of remote sensing”.

Director-General of the National Productivity Centre, Dr Kashim Akor in a message of condolence to the family and people of Kogi State described the death of the space and remote sensing expert who developed and advanced space technology across the continent, as a colossal loss to Nigeria.

He further described the space Professor as a rare gem who had distinguished himself both in the academic, administrative and space management across the world.

He said during his tenure he resolved alot of thorny issues in the country with the aid of space technology, as he was still rendering professional advises to the current handlers.

Also reacting, former Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris commiserated with the people of Kogi State, particularly Omala local government over the sudden death of Professor Seidu Onailo Mohammed who also served as Director General, Directorate of Rural Development DRD during his first term between 2003-2007.

Idris who expressed shock over the sad development, described his death as a great loss to Kogi State and Nigeria at large.

He recalled how he contributed greatly to the rural electrification efforts of his administration,  having served as Director General at that point in time, during his administration in Kogi State.

The former Governor stated that his death came at a time when his services were needed both at the state and national level, praying to Almighty God to forgive him his shortcomings while on earth.

His burial is expected to be held at Abejukolo in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State Tuesday according to Islamic rites.

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Hanifa : Court Sentences School Proprietor to Death



Remember Hanifa the little girl who was abducted on December 4, 2021 on her way home from Islamiyya and subsequently discovered to have been killed by  her teacher and school proprietor, after demanding N6m ransom, at Dakata, Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State?

Well, Justice has been served as Kano State High Court on Thursday sentenced the Proprietor of Nobel Kids Academy and North West Preparatory School, Abdulmalik Tanko, the principal suspect who masterminded the kidnap and killing of the 5-year old school girl, Hanifa Abubakar, to death.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Usman Na’abba, sentenced him to death by hanging while delivering his judgment on Thursday.

Details later….

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