Rundown Of The Events That Happened During The Week
As the hunt for the cure to the coronavirus increases, this week decided to add its own dash of surprises. From reclaimed titles to innovative ways of escape to irresponsibility.
Here is a rundown of the week:
Facemasks to the rescue?
A 21-year-old Jahquez Scott inmate at the Cook County jail escaped prison by doing the unthinkable- wearing a face mask and using the identity of another inmate. The other inmate, 28-year-old Quintin Henderson was set to be released from the Cook County jail for a narcotics charge but he decided to give his personal information to Scott in exchange for a promise of $1,000. The Cook County sheriff’s office said in a statement: “For now, he’s roaming the streets a free man thanks in no small part to the Covid-19 pandemic.” Wondering how he got the mask? A federal judge ordered the provision of facemasks for all inmates during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A railway ticket collector died from coronavirus after she was spat at by an irate passenger on the station concourse in London. Belly Mujinga, 47, who had suffered long-term respiratory problems, and an unnamed colleague was also spat on, and both went on to contract Covid-19.
Their attacker, who has not been identified, allegedly told his victims that he had the virus. Her husband Lusamba told the press that she had asked for a back-office job when the threat of Covid-19 became apparent her employers Thameslink ignored.
When the #DontRushChallenge hits social media, many hopped on the challenge including military personnel in several continents. Five of the Nigerian Immigration Service personnel decided to join the challenge but didn’t foresee that there would be consequences to their actions.
The five ladies who participated in the challenge were made to face disciplinary actions and were reposted to several states including Borno, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Kano, and Yobe using their personal expenses. Nigerians on social media quickly took to their platforms to protest the move while describing it as “unjust”.
The crown returns
The world’s shortest man, Edward Nino Hernandez has reclaimed his Guinness World Record title – a decade after he was first awarded the crown. Hernandez, 34, who is from Colombia 72.10 cm – around 2 feet and 4 inches tall.
This announcement coincides with his 34th birthday celebrations. His mother claims that he was only diagnosed with severe hyperthyroidism in his early 20s because doctors lost interest in recording her son’s height throughout childhood. Meanwhile, Hernandez has told the world that size and height don’t matter because “I use my smile to conquer the world!” And that is all we need from his beautiful soul.
Madagascar has been in the news for a while now and no, it’s not because of the eponymous film. It all began after Madagascar claimed that it had developed a herbal cure called COVID-Organics for COVID-19. However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is requesting that it is subjected to proper clinical trials before it will be endorsed. A stand, the president of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, says it is unfair because “they cannot accept that a country like Madagascar, which is one of the poorest countries in the world, has discovered this formula to save the world.” Until then, we are keeping tabs.