The News founding director ‘dies of coronavirus,’ minister tests positive

A founding member of The News Magazine’s board of directors, Mallam Sani Kabir, has died.

He reportedly died yesterday as a result of complications from COVID-19.

Kabir was part of the team that established Independent Communications Limited, publishers of The News, Tempo and PM News.

Her death occurred as Minister for Women’s Affairs, Pauline Tallen tested positive for the virus.

The minister revealed that she tested positive after her medical team advised her to undergo the test and isolate herself for observation for the past few days.

Tallen said she and her family members were tested for COVID-19, but only her result came back positive.

She said she is asymptomatic and has been kept in isolation while receiving treatment.

She urged members of the public to pray, stay safe, and observe all COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has threatened to reimpose the lockdown starting in January as the number of coronavirus cases in the state rises.

Wike hinted at an imminent second phase of shutdown amid mounting COVID-19 cases during Thanksgiving church service in celebration of Ms. Priscilla Nwanediye Mark’s 90th birthday at St. Martin’s Anglican Church , Omagwa in the Local Government of Ikwerre, yesterday.

He regretted as worrying the refusal of most churches and markets in the state to enforce the mandatory use of masks in compliance with the COVID-19 protocol.

The governor said the state government had initially relaxed the restriction on the number of people worshiping in churches, but with the second wave of COVID-19, this week it would announce tough new measures to control the spread of COVID-19 cases. in the country. state.

“When you go to some churches, they don’t wear a mask. Go to the market, they don’t wear a mask. They believe that COVID-19 is not real. It is not real because it has not happened to you; nobody died who you know. When someone has died and the person was close to you, you will know that COVID is real.

“So it’s real and I want to appeal to all of you that we have to be more strict now because the second wave is more dangerous than the first wave. It is very, very dangerous. I know how many people we have lost since the second wave began, “he said.

Governor Wike implored the bishop of the diocese of Ikwerre to convince the members of all the churches under his jurisdiction to always wear his face mask.

“If you don’t comply, I have no choice but to close the churches: Pentecostal, Catholic, Anglican. I have no choice, because when you do, who spends the money? It is the state that deals. So we need to use the money for other things, but not for this. Let’s discipline ourselves and know that COVID is real. Let no one tell you that there is nothing like COVID. It’s real, ”he said.

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