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Coronavirus: FG can’t afford to shut down Nigeria —Shehu Sani

As Turkey reports first coronavirus death

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Senator Shehu Sani has lamented that Nigeria and Nigerians cannot afford to stay at home because of coronavirus [Covid-19] pandemic.

Senator Sani, in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle, said it is futile to urge the federal government to shut down the country owing to the poverty level across the country.

According to the Senator, people living in developed and richer countries can afford to stay at home because of coronavirus.

Poor people from poor countries whose survival is a daily struggle, however, must go outdoors to make a living and fend for their families.

“Staying at home is as lethal as the Covid_19 virus,” he said.

According to him, “Governments from the developing world should not just copy and paste measures taken by Governments from the developed World on COVIDー19, without filling the gaps in the weaknesses of their health and social institutions and systems.”

Senator Sani further noted tha “no disease in recent human history has shaken the World to its foundation, spread fear, uncertainty and panic, destabilizes social structures, shreds economies, values, cultures and beliefs, wrecks borders and fortresses, stretches and stresses the human race like the coronavirus.”

As a result, “the World has once again become a family because of #COVID19, a Virus without borders,” he said.

In a separate tweet, he noted:

“While Spain with a population of 46 million is setting aside about €200 Billion for coronavirus, the combination of Nigeria and Somalia budgeted less than $15 Million to fight the virus.

“And in the science of pandemics, Spain can’t be free until Nigeria and Somalia is free.”

In other developments, Turkey has reported its first death related to the coronavirus pandemic and announced that its confirmed cases had more than doubled to 98.

Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca told a news conference late on Tuesday that an 89-year-old person died after contracting the virus from someone who had “contacts with China”, where the new coronavirus was first detected late last year.

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