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Following the disastrous health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in India, Brazil, and Turkey, Nigeria has announced a new travel advisory that would kick off from Monday, May 4th with regards to international flights coming from these countries.
According to Johns Hopkins University’s released data on Sunday, the current global confirmed cases for Covid-19 stood at 151,774,770 while a staggering 3,188,331 have been lost to the creepy virus.
Brazil records 406,437 fatalities, India 211,853, while Turkey has recorded 4,849,408 cases, it crossed the 40,000 fatalities.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), on COVID-19 Boss Mustapha, while reiterating the need for Nigerians not to drop the ball as regards maintaining the non-pharmaceutical measures protocols, said that anyone who has been in these three countries within 14 days of their intended arrival date in Nigeria will be banned from entering the country.
He, however, clarified in a statement seen by Daily Sun, that this regulation, does not apply to passengers who transited through these countries.
The PSC Chairman said that state governments were required to ensure that all returning travelers from all countries were monitored to ensure adherence to the mandatory seven-day self-isolation period and the repeat COVID-19 PCR test on the seventh day after arrival.
He stated that this travel advisory shall come into effect from May 4 day 2021.
Mustapha noted that the guidelines were subject to review after an initial period of four weeks.
According to him, over the last few weeks, we have been monitoring with concern, the increasing trend of COVID-19 cases in several countries, with additional focus on countries with high incidence, fatality rate, and widespread prevalence of variants of concern.
“The Government of Nigeria deeply empathizes with the citizens and governments of these countries and assures them of our commitment, unflinching support, and solidarity at this time of need.
Mustapha advised Nigerians to avoid any non-essential international travels to any country at this period and specifically to countries that were showing a rising number of cases and deaths.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK