Visually impaired Nigerians struggle to navigate coronavirus challenges

LAGOS (Reuters) – Lawal Adebimpe knows she must remain a safe distance from people to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria. But her blindness means she usually holds people to navigate her way around the heaving megacity of Lagos. Adebimpe, a baker who lives with her parents, lost her sight in 2018 after suffering retina detachment […]

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Famously boisterous Nigerian mega-city Lagos adjusts to coronavirus lockdown

LAGOS (Reuters) – Fear of the coronavirus has induced an extraordinary calm in Lagos, Nigeria’s famously boisterous mega-city where streets known for miles of gridlock have emptied of traffic and eateries serving takeaways are almost the only shops open. The largest city in sub-Saharan Africa, with an estimated 20 million population, has been transformed by a week-long shutdown of public […]

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Nigerian army prepares for coronavirus lockdown, mass burials

ABUJA (Reuters) – The Nigerian Army is preparing to forcibly transfer the sick to hospital and enforce curbs on movement to try to shield the country from coronavirus, and is leasing equipment for “possible mass burial”, according to an army memo seen by Reuters. The memo from Army headquarters also outlines plans to protect government food storage from looters as […]

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Nigerian president's top aide tests positive for coronavirus: source

ABUJA (Reuters) – The Nigerian president’s chief of staff has tested positive for coronavirus, a source with direct knowledge said. Abba Kyari, who is in his 70s, is an important figure in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and his illness could have ramifications for the running of the country. Kyari has a history of medical complications, including diabetes, and is the […]

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'Nigeria will deal with this': High alert after coronavirus case

Experts say Nigeria is prepared to contain new virus following a successful response to Ebola more than five years ago. Abuja, Nigeria – Health authorities in Nigeria are ramping up efforts to detect and contain the new coronavirus after Africa’s most populous country confirmed its first case, calling on citizens to avoid panicking or spreading unverified information about the disease. […]

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