Relief in Lagos as lockdown ends May 05, 2020 0 625 12345 AFPLagosAfrica’s biggest city, Lagos, returned to work on Monday at the end of a five-week coronavirus lockdown.In the metropolis of 20 million, where exuberance and poverty live side by side, relief at being able to earn money once again was almost palpable, despite Nigeria’s mounting COVID-19 toll.All shops seemed to be open, car parks were full and street hawkers selling cool drinks, grilled meat and vegetables were pitching their wares on street corners as before, said AFP reporters.Adewale Oluwa reopened his fruit and vegetable stall, carefully setting out a fine array of tomatoes. By 10 am, his customers were out in force and laughter was in the air as old acquaintances spotted each other.“We were so impatient” for the confinement to end, Oluwa said. “Today is wonderful.”Minibus stations were as busy as before the lockdown, although touts wore masks as they called out to passengers.Many people said they were glad to be back earning money -- 80 million out of Nigeria’s nearly 200 million population live below the poverty threshold.For those without savings or working in the informal sector, the lockdown was a cruel blow. “It was really a big loss,” Oluwa said.“You know, we sell perishable (food), so we need to open every day. So to lock down for weeks was (a) big issue for us.”Bus driver Ganiyu Ayinla said: “It’s been over one month of hunger and suffering.“I can now make money to take care of my family,” he said, smiling as he braked at a busy stop to pick up passengers. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Iran reopens mosques, records almost 80,000 hospital recoveries May 05, 2020 0 433 Assad warns of virus ‘catastrophe’ as Syria lockdown eases May 05, 2020 0 485 Kuwait breaks up ‘riot’ by Egyptian workers demanding repatriation May 05, 2020 0 1268 Lebanon’s banned Hezbollah says not active in Germany AFP Beirut The head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement on Monday condemned Germany’s ban on his group as bowing to US pressure and insisted it was not active in the country. Germany designated Hezbollah a “Shiite terrorist .. Bahrain opens second field hospital on man-made island AfP Manama After turning a car park into an intensive care unit for coronavirus patients, Bahrain has set up its second field hospital -- on a man-made island. The facilities are among five that the authorities plan to .. Virus caused ‘mystery’ mass deaths in north Nigeria: investigators Kano Mass deaths in a northern Nigerian state were caused by coronavirus, the authorities said after a preliminary investigation into the phenomenon. Gravediggers in the state of Kano have reported burying dozens of .. South Africa starts virus trial of TB vaccine AFP Cape Town Hundreds of South African health workers were given a century-old tuberculosis vaccine on Monday in a trial to see whether the venerable formula can protect against coronavirus. Devised at France’s .. Sudan says US approves ambassador, first in two decades Khartoum Sudan announced on Monday that the United States had approved Khartoum’s pick of a veteran diplomat as ambassador to Washington, the first such envoy in over two decades. Ties between Khartoum and Washington .. Six killed as plane carrying medical supplies crashes in Somalia DPA Mogadishu Six people, including two pilots, were killed when a plane carrying medical supplies crashed in south-western Somalia on Monday, authorities said. “The cause of the accident is not yet known,” government ..