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How poorer countries are scrambling to prevent a coronavirus disaster

Lagos Commissioner of Police wears protective face mask and gloves while trying to enforce social distancing on a crowded bus

A police commissioner in Lagos, Nigeria talks to bus passengers about the spread of COVID-19, before more restrictive measures were placed on the city this week. Credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty

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Nature 580, 173-174 (2020)


Additional reporting by Abdullahi Tsanni in Nigeria and Neil Brandvold in El Salvador.

Updates & Corrections

  • Correction 01 April 2020: This story originally stated incorrectly that El Salvador had made 4,000 arrests. In fact, more than 4,000 people have been detained, but a large number are people, such as those deported from the US, being held in containment units.


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