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Muslims Have Been Obeying Social Distancing Rules In Bayelsa – Senator Douye Diri

Senator Douye Diri

Senator Douye Diri

The National President of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association Of Nigeria, IPMAN, Alhaji (Engr.) Sanusi Abdu Fari has come out to celebrate with all Muslim faithful and IPMAN members nationwide on the successful end of Ramadan.

In a recent statement shared today by Alhaji DanAsabe Kakanda, Chief of Staff to National President, IPMAN, Sanusi revealed that Allah will receive prayers for an end to COVID-19 in the country.

Similarly, Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri also hailed Muslims in the state on the end of their Ramadan fast and the celebration of the Eid-el-Fitri.

He added that Bayelsa has not had issues with Muslims concerning the measures and directives imposed by the state government since the fight against COVID-19 started in Bayelsa.

His words, “It is on record that we have had no issues with Muslims concerning the measures and directives imposed by the state government since the fight against COVID-19 started in the state. This is very commendable.”

β€œI urge our brothers and sisters that are Muslims to continue to pray for peaceful co-existence in our state and our country.”

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Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that can be mild, such as some cases of the common cold (among other possible causes, predominantly rhinoviruses), and others that can be lethal, such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. Symptoms in other species vary: in chickens, they cause an upper respiratory tract disease, while in cows and pigs they cause diarrhea. There are yet to be vaccines or antiviral drugs to prevent or treat human coronavirus infections.

Coronaviruses constitute the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae, in the family Coronaviridae, order Nidovirales, and realm Riboviria. They are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome and a nucleocapsid of helical symmetry. The genome size of coronaviruses ranges from approximately 27 to 34 kilobases, the largest among known RNA viruses. The name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning “crown” or “halo”, which refers to the characteristic appearance reminiscent of a crown or a solar corona around the virions (virus particles) when viewed under two-dimensional transmission electron microscopy, due to the surface covering in club-shaped protein spikes.

Human coronaviruses were first discovered in the late 1960s. The earliest ones discovered were an infectious bronchitis virus in chickens and two in human patients with the common cold (later named human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43). Other members of this family have since been identified, including SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 (formerly known as 2019-nCoV) in 2019. Most of these have involved serious respiratory tract infections.

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