Patients battle covid ‘enemy’ in Nigeria second wave | The Guardian Nigeria News


COVID-19 patients suffering from acute respiratory challenge lies on hospital bed at a male ward in Lagos State Isolation Centre, Yaba, Lagos on January 22, 2021. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is increasing rapidly following daily reports by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) even as Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, accounted for the highest number of cases in the country. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

“Attention, isolation zone,” warns a bright orange notice at the entrance to the main coronavirus treatment centre in Lagos, Africa’s most populous city.

Huge black gates separate the centre at the Yaba Mainland Hospital, which takes 20 seriously ill patients every day, from the hustle and bustle of the city, Nigeria’s economic capital.

The gates are not just an entrance, they symbolise the gulf between the sick and those still untouched by the second wave of this devastating pandemic.

On one side, hundreds of people crowd into the markets, many…

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