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Local realities for a global challenge: the case of Nigeria

1 April 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the inadequacies in health systems of many countries globally. In high-income countries, Italy’s health care system is overwhelmed, the UK seems to be struggling to catch up with the rising number of cases, and there are doubts as to whether the United States’ market-based system will be able to respond effectively. In …

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Nigeria deploys security forces to enforce social distancing

31 March 2020 Law enforcement response to COVID-19 should respect human rights Nigeria has deployed soldiers and police officers to enforce social distancing as part of efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. This came after the Inspector General of Police directed police to strictly enforce all legitimate orders made to contain the spread of the coronavirus, while urging citizens to voluntarily comply. …

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Nigeria announces lockdown of major cities to curb coronavirus

31 March 2020 The 14-day lockdown enforced in the commercial hub, Lagos, neighbouring Ogun and the nation’s capital, Abuja. Nigeria implemented a sweeping quarantine for three major states that are home to almost 30 million people in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in Africa’s most populous country. The lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun kicks in at 11pm …

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Unanswered questions as Nigeria braces for coronavirus lockdown

26 March 2020 Small business owners worry about cash flow as Nigeria prepares to go into lockdown later on Thursday. Nigerians are bracing for a partial lockdown from Thursday as authorities try to contain the spread of coronavirus cases in the country of about 200 million people. Markets, religious centres, schools, offices and leisure spots have already been shut in …

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Scores of Nigerian soldiers killed in jihadist ambush, security sources say

24 March 2020 At least 70 Nigerian soldiers were killed in a jihadist ambush, military and security sources said Tuesday. Insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades at a lorry carrying troops as it travelled near Gorgi village in Borno state on Monday, two military officers told AFP without giving their names. “It was a huge loss, at least 70 soldiers have perished in the …

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Fake news and the coronavirus in Nigeria

21 March 2020 #FactsNotFear@WHO has NOT approved the use of chloroquine for #COVID19 management. Scientists are working hard to confirm the safety of several drugs for this disease.Please DO NOT engage in self-medication. This will cause harm and can lead to death.#COVID19Nigeria pic.twitter.com/K6kljq0VtW— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 20, 2020 The coronavirus has caused panic in Nigeria. Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and other …

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Nigerian doctors go on strike as coronavirus cases rise

20 March 2020 Nigeria successfully managed an Ebola outbreak, but COVID-19 is a very different matter. Nigerian doctors in the capital, Abuja, have gone on strike, demanding two months’ back pay, despite the steady rise in coronavirus cases in the country. The doctors said it was a difficult decision. There have been a total of 12 confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria. The latest were four …

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Mikel Obi quits Turkish club over coronavirus fears

18 March 2020 The player’s contract was cancelled after his post on social media that he is no longer comfortable playing matches. Former Chelsea footballer Mikel Obi has parted ways with his Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor after he refused to play due to the coronavirus pandemic. The player’s two-year contract was cancelled on Tuesday following his social media post confirming …

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Nigerians take coronavirus precautions, but threat seems far away

18 March 2020 People in Nigeria are less concerned about the coronavirus than other problems in the country. But some fear the true case numbers are not yet known. DW’s Fanny Facsar reports from Lagos. I could never have imagined people in Europe asking me to send them hand sanitizers from Nigeria. But nothing is normal these days. In West …

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