- The federal government has evacuated 292 stranded Nigerians from Saudi Arabia
- According to the report, the evacuees arrived in the country on Tuesday, May 19
- The government of Saudi Arabia had ordered lockdown in the country over COVID-19
The federal government has evacuated 292 who were stranded in Saudi Arabia due to the lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, Channels TV reports.
Legit.ng gathered that the flight conveying the evacuees arrived Nigeria on the night of Tuesday, May 19, at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that members of the House of Representatives urged the federal government to sponsor experts on a study trip to Madagascar and Senegal for possible indigenous COVID-19 cure.
It was reported that Madagascar has claimed to have found a cure for the virus while Senegal has developed an inexpensive coronavirus diagnostic kit.
The green chamber also asked the government to set aside a ₦15 billion emergency fund for tertiary institutions in the country as a response to the impact COVID-19 has had and will have on them.
The House also resolved that part of the fund should be used to establish an infectious disease research institute in six selected universities across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
These unanimous resolutions were adopted after a motion was moved by the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu (PDP, Delta).
In another report, Rwanda acquired five humanoid robots aimed at reducing contact between medics and patients.
The high-tech robots were launched at the Kanyinya Covid-19 Treatment Centre by the country's ministry of health on Tuesday, May 19, as Rwanda took a fast leap ahead of its sister African countries against battle the ravaging pandemic.
Rwanda is one of the less-hit states in Africa, with the country currently managing 308 cases of COVID-19. It impressively boasts 209 recoveries and no casualty according to Worldometre statistics.
But in a commendable move, the East African nation with a population of 12 million deployed the five high-tech robots with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to put the fight against COVID-19 on a fast lane.
The robots, made by a Belgian company specialised in robotics solutions Zora Bots, are designed with various advanced features to support doctors and nurses at designated treatment centres, and can also be leveraged into screening sites in the country.
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