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Nigeria coronavirus summary: cases, deaths, news - 17 April

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A medical worker takes a sample for COVID-19 during a community testing, as authorities race to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Abuja, Nigeria April 15, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Coronavirus Nigeria live: latest Covid-19 news - 17 April

Coronavirus live Nigeria: total cases, deaths and latest news

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Coronavirus live Nigeria: total cases, deaths and latest news

This feed is now closed - you can follow Saturday's live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria at the link below:

Abba Kyari, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff, has died after contracting coronavirus, a spokesman for the president has confirmed.

Nigeria Super Eagles' 2018 World Cup voted among the most 'iconic' ever

Nigeria won over football fans all over the world at 2018 World Cup Russia and were unlucky not to progress from their group at the tournament. Millions of Super Eagles shirts were sold throughout that World Cup, with shops in London selling out in hours. This week, the BBC asked readers to vote for the most iconic football shirts in history and that 2018 Nigeria shirt was among the favourites with fans, ending in fifth place. Brazil's Mexico 70 shirt, as worn by Pele and Co. came in at No.1.

1. Brazil 1970

2. Netherlands 1988

3. West Germany 1990

4. England 1966

5. Nigeria 2018

6. Celtic 1967

7. Arsenal 1991

8. Liverpool 1984

9. Ajax 1971

10. Man United 1990

Nigeria's oil hub quarantines 22 Exxon Mobil workers

Nigeria's Rivers State has quarantined 22 Exxon Mobil Corp. employees for violating an order introduced last month restricting movement into the state to curb the spread of the coronavirus, its governor said on Friday.

River State's capital Port Harcourt is the hub of the oil industry in Africa's biggest producer of crude. "Security agencies arrested 22 staff of Exxon Mobil who came into the state from neighbouring Akwa Ibom State in violation of the extant executive order restricting movement into the state,"

Governor Nyesom Wike said. "We do not know the coronavirus status of these individuals."

Abuja

Face masks to be made compulsory in Abuja markets and shopping centres

Abuja Markets Management Ltd, who run several markets and shopping precincts in the Nigerian capital will be requesting that all stall holders, market workers and staff wear protective face masks in a new initiative to combat the spread of Covid-19 in the country. AMML will carry out the procedure on advice from the Presidential Task Force, who are trying to crack down on parts of the capital where social distancing is not possible or difficult to apply. Customers will also be required to wear face masks - even hand-made masks, when shopping at Abuja's main markets. The city's markets - Wuse, Garki Model Market, Kaura and Kado Fish Markets and Maitama Farmers Market will be open at specific times and on designated days but only food and essential items will be available. 

Nigeria testing roll-out gets underway

The Nigerian government has stressed the importance of increased testing and has released the latest data. 

Nigeria to ramp up testing for Covid-19

The Nigerian government has announced it is to roll out a greater number of testing kits nationwide. 

Coronavirus: Watching sport in the time of Covid-19

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Coronavirus: Watching sport in the time of Covid-19

Watching sport in the time of Covid-19

With live sport somewhat hard to come by during the coronavirus pandemic, AS' honorary president Alfredo Relaño has discussed his experiences watching the many reruns of classic matches and events being shown on TV at the moment:

Coronavirus: Gates on world that did not prepare for Covid-19

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Coronavirus: Gates on world that did not prepare for Covid-19

"Very little was done"

Speaking recently, Microsoft founder Bill Gates explained that the world could have got itself ready for a global pandemic, but failed to do so.

Full video:

Coronavirus: How H1N1 cases and deaths compare to Covid-19

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Coronavirus: How H1N1 cases and deaths compare to Covid-19

How H1N1 cases and deaths compare to Covid-19

A decade ago, the H1N1 virus infected an estimated 24% of the global population during a pandemic that lasted 19 months. So how much deadlier is Covid-19?

Full story:

Coronavirus: Did stray dogs cause the spread of the virus?

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Coronavirus: Did stray dogs cause the spread of the virus?

Did stray dogs cause the spread of the virus?

A new study published in Molecular Biology Evolution suggests a dog might have eaten bat meat contaminated with Covid-19 and passed it on to humans.

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China denies Covid-19 cover-up accusations

China has refuted cover-up claims over its coronavirus figures after Wuhan, the city where the Covid-19 pandemic began, suddenly increased its death toll by 50% to 3,869 on Friday.

There has never been any concealment, and we'll never allow any concealment,” foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said.

Wuhan added a further 1,290 deaths to its previous official total of 2,579 on Friday, with state broadcaster CGTN reporting that shortages in hospital capacity and staff “resulted in delayed reporting of confirmed cases and some failures to count patients accurately.”

NCDC publishes latest coronavirus report

The Nigera Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has published its latest detailed breakdown of the official coronavirus figures in the African country:

Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic

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Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic

Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic

All the information you need to understand the coronavirus and ways to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dutsin-ma lockdown ordered after positive test

Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has directed the lockdown of Dutsin-ma Local Government Area with effect from 07:00 WAT on 17 April, after a resident tested positive to Covif-19...

Coronavirus live updates: deaths and cases, UK, India, Canada, Australia... - news today

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Coronavirus worldwide live feed

Don't forget that you can also stay abreast of the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis by following our main live feed, right here:

Latest Nigeria numbers broken down

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), whose figures tally with those of Johns Hopkins, has broken down the latest coronavirus cases to appear in the country by location:

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