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Top five updates on COVID-19 in Nigeria

Owing to the infinite number of information being released at every minute around the novel coronavirus in Nigeria, it is important to not only filter the information we consume so as not to be overwhelmed but to have a reliable space to begin to find the information we need.

Nigeria considers traditional traditional treatment.

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise (it is currently at 276), Health Minister Osagie Ehanire disclosed that the country would explore the potentials of traditional medications in finding a treatment for COVID-19. This comes at the heel of the various trails being carried out to find a verifiable treatment for the deadly virus. Africanews reports that the minister addressed some ongoing medical trials saying: “the use of convalescent plasma, which is taken from people that had coronavirus that has been treated successfully”, and that such trials are under review pending confirmation.

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Delta State records its first coronavirus case.

Following the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) of a confirmed case in Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa confirmed an index case of the novel coronavirus in Delta State, yesterday. According to him, the patient has been strictly monitored and is being quarantined in a center at Warri. The virus which has up until now been recorded in a few states, primarily in Lagos and Abuja, seems to be slowly gaining ground in other parts of the country.

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Nigerian churches come to terms with empty auditoriums.

Perhaps the toughest reality for theists all over the world, especially in Nigeria is the temporary shutdown of their respective places of worship. For Nigerian Christians, restrictions placed on all public gatherings is a huge disruption to the routines they are used to, and in some cases, a personal attack they were prepared to congregate and pray against until the arrests of church leaders and forceful shut down of church services began.

This might be an opportunity for Nigerian churches to reinvent the idea of being a church and reassesing the ambit of congregating in a world where facilitating too much close contact isn’t the wisest thing to do.

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Nigerian Covid-19 survivor on advocacy and dismantling the stigma.

After Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi returned from her trip to London, United Kingdom, where she attended on the Commonwealth Day Service, where on March 9 as the official flag bearer, she fell ill and decided to get tested for COVID-19, this Al Jazeera feature follows her journey with the virus, from testing positive, to getting treated and scaling through.

When asked about what message she’d like to send out to Nigerians, Oluwaseun implored “Please wash your hands, sanitise and, importantly, self-isolate.”

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Rash Judgement or self-saboatge?

While many Nigerians commended the swift arraignment of Funke Akindele and her husband for throwing a house party that had more than 20 people in attendance, the lack of social distancing observed by the court itself, which also had a large number of people in attendance, was nothing short of astounding. This piece explores the possible danger of this act and what it could mean for already strained public health.

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