Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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The next battlefield

International | The African continent braces for its own coronavirus crises
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/27/20, 05:59 pm

ABUJA, Nigeria—On Sunday, the red chairs inside The Citizens Church in Nigeria’s capital city remained empty as the congregation watched a livestreamed service on Facebook. In Lagos, the Catholic Church suspended public Mass for the next four weeks in the city, which had the most recorded cases of COVID-19 in the country.

In South Africa, which has more than 700 COVID-19 cases—the highest number on the continent—the Methodist Church canceled its Easter season services, and Zion Christian Church suspended its annual Easter pilgrimage to its headquarters in Moria.

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Israel moves toward governing deal

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/27/20, 12:06 pm

Members of the Israeli parliament elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief rival as their new speaker on Thursday. The surprising move to select opposition leader Benny Gantz split his Blue and White party but sparked hope that he and the prime minister would form a coalition government. Israel has had a caretaker government since April of last year after Gantz and Netanyahu failed to reach an agreement.

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Boris Johnson tests positive

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/27/20, 11:17 am

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will continue to lead his nation’s fight against COVID-19 while in self-isolation for the disease. He tweeted Friday he had developed “a temperature and persistent cough” over the past 24 hours. British Health Secretary Matt Hancock also tested positive for the new coronavirus.

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