Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.Nearly 2,200 migrants died trying to reach Spain by sea this year, the vast majority of them on their way to the Canary Islands, a migrant rights group said Tuesday. Migrants arrivals in the archipelago have increased this year as they looked for alternative routes to reach Europe due to increased patrolling off the Mediterranean coast of southern Spain, posing a logistical strain for authorities in the Canaries.
2-.Phase 3 trials of a Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine found it was 79 percent effective, the Chinese pharma giant said Wednesday, lower than rival jabs developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna but a potential breakthrough in the battle to stem the pandemic in Asia. China has been racing against the West to develop its own Covid-19 vaccines, with five already in large-scale Phase 3 clinical trials.
3-.Troops have killed nine suspected bandits along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway, the Kaduna State government has revealed. The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday.
4-.The new variant of coronavirus was detected for the first time Tuesday in the United States and Latin America as President-elect Joe Biden vowed to significantly ramp up the vaccination drive. The new strain, which first emerged in the UK, pushed Britain to a new daily record of infections and led South Africa to impose a raft of new measures, amid fears around the world that holiday revelers are aggravating the spike in infections.
5-.Nigerians may have to brace for tougher measures to be adopted by the Federal Government in the coming days in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Speaking during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the Secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Mustapha, announced that effective from January the 1st, 2021, the name of passengers who miss their post-arrival PCR Test would be published in the national dailies.
6-.Two more doctors have died of the coronavirus disease in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday.
7-.The Chairman of Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State, Suleiman Chukuba, has been suspended. This followed his impeachment on Tuesday by councillors in the local government who later reviewed their decision to a suspension.
8-.US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her Covid vaccine live on television Tuesday and urged public trust in the process, while her choice of hospital highlighted the plight of the hard-hit African-American community. A mask-wearing Harris received the first of her two shots at United Medical Center, located in an area of Washington, DC with a large African-American population.
9-.Rumours of a giant year-end party organised by Neymar in Brazil in the midst of the pandemic have revived his image as an eternal spoiled child. The Paris Saint-Germain striker’s entourage vigorously denies reports in Brazilian media, but the silence of the player, normally active on social media, speaks for itself.
10-.Arsenal further eased the pressure on manager Mikel Arteta with a 1-0 win at Brighton on Tuesday, but the continuation of the Premier League in the coming weeks was cast into doubt after a record 18 positive tests for coronavirus among players and staff earlier in the day. After Manchester City’s trip to Everton on Monday was postponed due to a Covid outbreak in Pep Guardiola’s squad, all five matches scheduled for Tuesday went ahead despite disruption for Sheffield United and Southampton.