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25 March 2020

25th of March

What am I supposed to do?’: Covid-19 sparks mass unemployment across US

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/25/us-unemployment-coronavirus-hospitality-food-industries-claims

Death toll in Spain overtakes China

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/25/coronavirus-death-toll-in-spain-overtakes-china-as-lockdowns-extend-across-globe

COVID-19: Ikeja Electric Closes Offices Partially to Safeguard Customers, Staff https://www.ikejaelectric.com/covid-19-ikeja-electric-closes-offices-partially-to-safeguard-customers-staff/

Nigerian celebrity, Runtown gives donations

Receipt of Runtown’s money

Canada backs $57bn coronavirus relief bill

https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-us-canada-52022506?__twitter_impression=true

In darkness admist staying at home

LA County Sheriff allow gun store to remain open

https://abc7.com/amp/6045568/

Johns Hopkins: please take social distancing seriously to save lives https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-0325-coronavirus-hopkins-social-distancing-20200324-b75k465kdfcq3jt235mr7uzaba-story.html?outputType=amp&__twitter_impression=true

US Navy called in

UNHRC measures to keep refugees safe

https://www.unhcr.org/news/stories/2020/3/5e79e2410/live-blog-refugees-covid-19-crisis.html

Police shut down 15 schools, clubs and religious gatherings in Lagos for non compliance

Vatican decree for upcoming Easter celebration

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-03/covid-19-decree-regarding-easter-triduum-liturgical-celebration.html

Ontario confirms 100 new coronavirus cases in a day

Online gaming booms as virus lockdowns keep millions at home

https://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2020/03/25/covid-19-online-gaming-booms-as-virus-lockdowns-keep-millions-at-home

Final year students to be put on NHS frontline to deal with coronavirus crisis

UN chief calls for global ceasefire to focus on ‘the true fight of our lives’

https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1059972

Economic recession expected in G20 countries amid COVID-19 outbreak

https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/25/coronavirus-spain-surpasses-china-in-the-overall-number-of-covid-19-deaths

More than $200 milion received by WHO

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/donors-and-partners/funding

Nigerians respond to news of top Government officials testing positive for Coronavirus

Testing Kits for Coronavius from the Jack ma foundation arrive Nigeria and head to Abuja.

Rwandan Police employ extreme measures to enforce lockdown

https://twitter.com/BBGAfrica/status/1242866603596881920?s=20

FDA approves it’s first rapid Coronavirus test

Prince Charles tests positive for Coronavirus

World renowned Chef dies after testing positive for Coronavirus

Risk of dying from COVID-19

https://ourworldindata.org/covid-mortality-risk

Private hospitals will be made public

https://www.thejournal.ie/private-hospitals-ireland-coronavirus-5056334-Mar2020/

Angry italian mayors admonishing citizens disobeying self isolation order

NCDC calls citizen in self isolation

Young people are aware

Telemedicine regulations changed by a decade in two weeks

Don’t be silly

Nigeria’s Presidents spokesman complains about the coronavirus coverage in a chilling blast from the past

Family not taking any chances

Prince Charles 

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52033845

Nigerian Celeb giving out money

New symptoms

Refusing isolation, get charged with attempted murder

Text messaging

Corruption

New York executive order

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20210-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

Response to racism

Zoom 

Visas extended

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/visas-extended-for-those-currently-unable-to-return-home-due-to-covid-19

Repurposing elephant projects

Trigeminal neuralgia a new symptom

Dead at home

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/25/london-woman-36-dies-of-suspected-covid-19-after-being-told-she-is-not-priority

Categories
Books

Reading Your Way to Wholesome Living

Reading will change your life

First Thursdays in March are World Book Days, set aside to promote literacy. Reading in many communities is majorly done for school but there’s more to it than that. It could be used for fun, growth, company, as a complement to healing, bonding, and fostering strong communities.


An avid reading lifestyle keeps the brain active and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It is an activity that increases your cognitive ability thus delaying the onset of memory loss as you age. The effects are more pronounced when it is a lifelong habit.

There are many more benefits a good book can add to your overall health. Have trouble sleeping? A book may be what you need. Reading a couple of chapters of a physical book regularly builds a pattern that improves the quality of your sleep. Ebooks are not included as they expose you to screen time just before bed which interferes with sleep.

In building your vocabulary, it helps you to gain better conversational skills. The wealth of experience you gain from being an avid reader flows into your social skills as you have more topics to discuss with others. This helps some people to build confidence and overcome anxiety in social gatherings.

Reading a couple of chapters of a physical book regularly builds a pattern that improves the quality of your sleep.

In this regard, book clubs are an excellent platform to meet new people from billionaires to authors to artisans. Creeds, tribes, races , nationalities joined by one spark- the love of books. It is one of the best chances humanity has at unity and peace.

In reducing the effects of stress, a good book helps you to bear the rigours of ill-health. This benefit can be unlocked just after about 10 minutes of reading. When I feel stressed about something, I find reading to be helpful in relieving the tension.

Other benefits include improved overall mental ability, increased attention span and an increase in empathy found among readers. Exposure to different scenarios in fiction, following characters through their journeys makes us understand that there are many perspectives to life based on different experiences. This makes us more welcoming and less judgmental. Looking to build a better world? Invest in libraries and book communities.

Children shown the wonders of the world with books are less likely to have time for disruptive activities. It is an activity that fosters cooperation rather than vicious competition among them. Their bonding improves, their language skills grow faster , they are able to communicate clearly and just being busy with this may make them less inclined to petty crime later on. Buy more books for them.

Now that you know reading makes you a healthier, smarter and better person, what book are you picking up next?

Dr Mariam Toye

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