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Africa’s customized response to COVID-19

International | Governments team up with the private sector to combat the disease
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/22/20, 02:03 pm

Nigerian officials posed for a photo earlier this month with a genetic research team in front of a 40-foot shipping container converted into a mobile COVID-19 testing lab. Since the pandemic began, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control has approved several private companies, including 54 Gene, to help increase the country’s testing capacity.

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Setting captives free from COVID-19

International | Pandemic prompts the release of international prisoners of conscience
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 4/24/20, 05:25 pm

Mask-clad family members stood outside the red gate of a prison in Myanmar’s northern Shan state on Friday welcoming freed prisoners. Myanmar, also known as Burma, released 24,896 inmates as part of its annual pardon for the Buddhist New Year. This year, the ongoing pandemic added new importance to the tradition.

Around the world, countries are releasing inmates to decongest their prisons, fearing the coronavirus could spread rapidly inside overcrowded holding centers. The United States is working to ensure the growing trend includes prisoners of conscience.

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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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