We Won’t Restrict Travels, Says Nigerian Government


The country will not impose travel restrictions on countries where Coronavirus continues to spread rapidly said the government.

Minister of State for Health, Olorunnibe Mamora, there will be screening for visitors from the eight countries.

He said, “We will continue to monitor returning travellers that fit our case definition and improve our surveillance, detection and risk communications as we are still at high risk like other countries”.

“Three new countries have been added to the existing list of five high-risk countries with widespread community transmission”. These are France, Germany and Spain. Therefore, eight countries are on our priority list – China, Japan, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, France and Germany.

Travellers from these eight countries will undertake secondary screening at the point of entry. They are also advised to self-isolate for 14 days on entry.”

He said between January 7 and March 15, 48 people, who had contact with the Italian that brought the virus into Nigeria, were screened in Edo, Lagos, Ogun, Yobe, Rivers, Kano, Enugu states and the Federal Capital Territory respectively.

Mamora added, “Forty-seven people tested negative and have been cleared. One was positive (after contact with the index case) and one result is pending. There has been no death.

“The index case is clinically stable and has improved greatly.”

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