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Fashion Designer, Alber Elbaz Dies in Paris Aged 59

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Fashion Designer, Alber Elbaz Dies in Paris Aged 59

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Designer Alber Elbaz, who worked at some of France’s best-known fashion houses, has died in Paris aged 59.
His business partner Johann Rupert said Elbaz had died from COVID-19 in Paris, France.
From 2001, Elbaz was Artistic Director at Lanvin, where he was credited with rejuvenating the brand until he was sacked in 2015.
Elbaz who was famously known for “inclusive vision of fashion” revived lanvin by transforming it to focus mainly on women’s fashion.

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His dresses were favored by hollywood actresses, including Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep who wore one of his gowns, in gold lamé, when accepting the Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the Iron Lady in 2012.
He also recently launched his own label, AZ Factory.
He was rewarded with many of the fashion industry’s top prizes, including an award named for his old mentor, Geoffrey Beene.
In 2016, he was made a member of the French legion of honour, the country’s most prestigious fashion award.

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France Discover New Covid-19 Variant, IHU, Containing 46 Mutations

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France Discover New Covid-19 Variant, IHU, Containing 46 Mutations

Scientists and experts in France have identified a new variant called IHU, which has 46 mutations more than the Omicron Variant.

The new B.1.640.2 variant was first discovered at the institute IHU Méditerranée Infection in Marseille.

The first case was linked to a person with a travel history to Cameroon and so far 12 people living in southeastern France have been infected.

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The variant is also yet to be spotted in other countries or labelled a variant under investigation by the World Health Organisation.

The World Health Organization also said the variant found in France has not been much of a threat since it was first identified in November. This comes days after Israel reported its first case of rare double infection of Covid-19 and Influenza, Flurona.

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Nasarawa, Jigawa, Ogun Top NPHCDA Performance Ranking

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Nasarawa, Jigawa, Ogun Top NPHCDA Performance Ranking

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA on Wednesday released its Covid-19 vaccination campaign statistics on the most and least vaccinated states in the country.

According to the health agency’s latest update, Nasarawa made the most of the vaccination efforts with 31.63% of the state’s population receiving the covid-19 jabs.

Jigawa came in second with an inoculation percentage of 29.03, while Ogun state emerged as the most vaccinated state in the southwest with 17.24%.

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However, Lagos state emerged as the 12th most vaccinated state with 7.66% of its inhabitants taking the covid-19 jabs, while f.c.t had a 4.26% vaccination rate.

According to the agency, Imo, Akwa-ibom, and Bayelsa states were least on the rankings having vaccinated 1.08%, 0.92%, and 0.69% respectively.

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12,547 patients in isolation centres, COVID-19 cases increase by 847.44%

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12,547 patients in isolation centres, COVID-19 cases increase by 847.44%

No fewer than 12, 547 covid-19 patients are on admission at isolation and treatment centers across the country. The data obtained from the Nigeria centers for disease control on Wednesday also showed that as of Tuesday.

This came to the fore as state governments started reopening isolation centers in view of the rising cases. The NCDC figures also showed that the country witnessed a downward trend in hospitalization with only 4,097 active cases on admission as of November 21, 2021.

However, the trends increased to a total of 12,547 patients on December 21, 2021, indicating a 206.25 percent rise in one month. Also, no fewer than 13,160 cases of covid-19 were recorded in the country between December 1 and 21.

This is in contrast to 1,389 cases recorded between November 10 and December 10, making it an 847.44 percent increase within 21 days. On Wednesday, the Lagos state commissioner for health, prof akin Abayomi, said only five percent of the state covid-19 isolation facilities were in use.

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He said there was 11 percent occupancy at the 160-bed facility at the infectious disease hospital, yaba, as well as 40 percent occupancy at the 20-bed armor isolation facility.

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