Newspaper review for Friday, March 20: Schools shut down nationwide amid coronavirus spread in Nigeria

Newspaper review for Friday, March 20: Schools shut down nationwide amid coronavirus spread in Nigeria

As coronavirus spreads in Nigeria, all the major print newspapers published on Friday, March 20, focused on the deadly virus and the unfolding developments as the federal and state governments take actions to contain it.

The Punch newspaper reports that the Lagos state government said it is tracing 1,300 suspected cases as the confirmed cases in the country hit 12 on Thursday, March 19.

The newspaper also reports that the first case recorded in Nigeria, an Italian, has fully recovered as he now tested negative for the virus.

This was confirmed by the commissioner for health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi.

Newspaper review for Friday, March 20: Schools shut down nationwide amid coronavirus spread in Nigeria

The front page of The Punch newspaper published on Friday, March 20
Source: UGC

The story on the front page of The Nation newspaper is also on coronavirus; quite similar to that of The Punch.

The newspaper, however, added that the federal government, in its efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19, has shut down all federal universities, polytechnics and unity schools.

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Similarly, various states of the federation have been shutting down schools and banning public gatherings to avoid the spread of the disease.

Also, President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians not to panic as the government is putting measures in place to avoid an outbreak.

Newspaper review for Friday, March 20: Schools shut down nationwide amid coronavirus spread in Nigeria

The front page of The Nation newspaper published on Friday, March 20
Source: UGC

The Guardian newspaper on its front page focused on the report of President Buhari's return from the United Kingdom, amid the coronavirus spread

The UK is a high-risk country for coronavirus and Nigeria has banned incoming trips from the European country.

The president's daughter has since gone on self-isolation upon her return, the newspaper reports.

The Guardian also focused on reactions of religious organisations in the country to the coronavirus pandemic.

From an economic point of view, the newspaper reports that coronavirus could lead to a loss of 25 million jobs globally.

Newspaper review for Friday, March 20: Schools shut down nationwide amid coronavirus spread in Nigeria

The front page of The Guardian newspaper published on Friday, March 20
Source: UGC

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ThisDay newspaper focused on the message of hope passed to Nigerians by President Buhari.

According to the newspaper, President Buhari urged Nigerians not to panic giving assurance that Nigeria can overcome the pandemic.

The newspaper reports that Nigeria's first lady, Aisha Buhari, has locked her office and the staff sent home in the face of the pandemic.

Newspaper review for Friday, March 20: Schools shut down nationwide amid coronavirus spread in Nigeria

The front page of ThisDay newspaper published on Friday, March 20
Source: UGC

Vanguard newspaper also reports the return of President Buhari's daughter from the UK and her self-isolation.

The newspaper adds that Nigerian Senate has suspended hearings and shut public gallery amid the spread of coronavirus.

Newspaper review for Friday, March 20: Schools shut down nationwide amid coronavirus spread in Nigeria

The front page of Vanguard newspaper published on Friday, March 20
Source: UGC

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