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Public Transport Vehicles, Markets Can Operate Fully From May 4 – FG

Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has come out to reveal the details for Nigeria’s gradual reopening of the economy set to commence on Monday, May 4, 2020.

The National Coordinator of the PTF, Sani Aliyu recently came out to say that companies involved in food processing can resume and construction of critical roads is free to commence as long as workers are granted waivers by the state government.

According to him, public transport vehicles, neighborhood markets, government staff will also be allowed to operate fully, while restaurants, schools, recreational parks, sports, concerts, social parties, and movie theatres will remain closed for now.

He added that everyone over the age of 65 and people with pre-existing medical conditions should avoid mingling with the general public from the 4th of May because they are most vulnerable to infection.

His words, “We’re really so far from controlling this pandemic and we need to continue to work hard, all of us, to make sure it resolves.”

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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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