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Like Nigeria, Like South Africa, See Striking COVID-19 Similarities

LuqmanPro 06/29/2020

Amid the ravaging coronavirus that has taken a toll on virtually every country across the world thereby making it a pandemic, it seems the two most powerful African countries, Nigeria and South Africa are towing the same line. In this regard, it is important to have a quick assessment of the situation under control with a view to arriving at a valid conclusion.

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More fundamentally, the deadly coronavirus pandemic hit the two countries at virtually the same time. Although South Africa recorded the virus before it emerged in Nigeria. Nevertheless, the two countries were contemporary in the time that it entered which was early March. However, the number of coronavirus cases in South Africa have extraordinarily passed those in Nigeria. As at present, SA has recorded more than 100,00 cases while Nigeria has less than 30,000 cases. 

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Given the above background, what are the striking similarities or differences that the two countries are practicing in relation to the deadly coronavirus? At the inception of the virus in March, the authorities of the two countries imposed a total lockdown in order to abate the spread of the deadly virus. In South Africa, it was regarded as level five lockdown while it was referred to as total lockdown in Nigeria. Lo and behold the two countries began easing the lockdown on their citizenry as a result of the disastrous impacts on the social and economic lives of the people.

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View pictures in App save up to 80% data. More instructively, schools were closed down in the two countries as the students were made to stay at home in order to flatten the curve. Surprisingly and interestingly, South Africa announced and began the gradual reopening of schools on June 1, 2020, and Nigeria's announcement was also succeeded. While schools have begun operation in South Africa, no schools have resumed in Nigeria but the authorities have declared that schools can commence operation as from Today, June 29, 2020, with strict adherence to the coronavirus health advisories. 

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In the same vein, the level three lockdown imposed in South Africa enabled the people to move from one place to another in the quest for the daily means of livelihood as well as economic activities. In the same vein, Nigerian authorities have also eased the lockdown on the economy with a view to engendering the economic activities of the people. It is becoming apparent that there are a lot of striking similarities between the coronavirus decisions that are being taken by the Nigerian government as well as the South African authorities. 

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Although, SA remains the country with the highest number of infectious cases as well as death in Africa while Nigeria currently occupies the third position in the continent after Egypt. As a matter of fact, the number of infections in Nigeria is yet to reach 30,000 while SA has recorded more than 100,000 cases. Should it then be said or concluded that the Nigerian government is getting it right than South Africa or otherwise? This is fundamental to be asked bearing in mind that Nigeria has a population of over 200 million people, while SA has less than 50 million population. Many pundits have contended that the cases of Nigeria have remained marginal due to the slow rate in the tested number of people. The real fact will be uncovered in the days to come.

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Source: opera.com
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