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Surviving coronavirus

International | Two Nigerians on what it feels like to have COVID-19
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/17/20, 03:18 pm

About a month ago, Juwon Olorunnipa, a Nigerian musician, lay on his bed in a high-rise building in east London thinking COVID-19 would kill him. In an isolation center in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria, Oluwaseun Osowobi was putting together a succession plan for her nonprofit organization in case she died.

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Africa braces for pandemic

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/17/20, 10:32 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—Africa could see up to 10 million cases of COVID-19 by October without adequate health measures, Michael Yao, head of emergency operations for the World Health Organization Africa, said on Thursday. The pandemic could cause 300,000 deaths on the continent—and that’s a best-case scenario, according to a separate report by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa based on models from the Imperial College London. Without adequate intervention, that number could swell to 3.3 million deaths and 1.2 billion infections.

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Pandemic on top of a crisis

International | Aid workers in African conflict zones prepare for the coronavirus
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/10/20, 03:59 pm

South Sudan has 11 million residents, 24 intensive care hospital beds, and four ventilators. The country is still reeling from the 2013 civil war with Sudan that internally displaced more than 2 million people.

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