COVID-19:  FG Bans Non Nigerians, Flights From Three Countries

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REMARKS BY THE SGF, BOSS MUSTAPHA AT THE PTF COVID-19 NATIONAL BRIEFING FOR  THURSDAY 23rd APRIL, 2020 - Federal Ministry of Information and Culture

 

Olusola Bello

The massive resurgence of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Brazil, Turkey and India has prompted the Nigerian Government to impose fresh measures aimed at preventing further importation of the coronavirus into the country.

The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja that the new measures included a ban on entry of non-Nigerian passengers who had travelled to the three countries in the last 14 days.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Brazil, Turkey and India recorded a combined 2,670 deaths as of May 1, 2021.

   Turkey recorded 28,817 new cases and 373 new deaths, while India registered 7,801 new cases and 19 new deaths on the same day.

Mustapha said Nigerians and other permanent residents who had been to these three countries in the last 14 days,  would be allowed entry to the nation, but must undergo a one-week quarantine in a government-approved facility.

The SGF expressed the Nigerian Government’s empathy to the governments of the three countries, saying: “the country assures them of our commitment, unflinching support and solidarity at this time of need.”

The PSC chairman said the new travel restrictions are in line with Federal Government’s efforts, “to continue to safeguard the health of the Nigerian population, as well as to minimise the risk of a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

He said the PSC carried out a risk assessment of countries with high incidence of cases, saying: “These precautionary measures are a necessary step to minimise the risk of a surge in COVID-19 cases into Nigeria from other countries, while national response activities continue.

“Nigerians are strongly advised to avoid any non-essential international travels to any country at this period and specifically to countries that are showing rising number of cases and deaths.

He said the PSC carried out a risk assessment of countries with high incidence of cases, saying: “These precautionary measures are a necessary step to minimise the risk of a surge in COVID-19 cases into Nigeria from other countries, while national response activities continue.

“Nigerians are strongly advised to avoid any non-essential international travels to any country at this period and specifically to countries that are showing rising number of cases and deaths.

“Non-Nigerians will be denied entry and returned to the country of embarkation at cost to the Airline.

”Nigerians and those with permanent resident permit who visited Brazil, India or Turkey within 14 days, preceding travel to Nigeria shall be made to undergo seven days of mandatory quarantine in a Government-approved facility at the point-of-entry city and at cost to the passenger. The following condition shall apply to such passengers:

“Within 24 hours of arrival shall take a COVID-19 PCR test. If positive, the passenger shall be admitted within a government-approved treatment centre, in line with National treatment protocols.

“Passenger(s) arriving in Nigeria from other destinations Must observe a 7-day self-isolation at their final destination.

“Carry out a COVID-19 PCR test on day 7 at selected laboratory.

“Shall be monitored for compliance to isolation protocol by appropriate authorities.

“False declaration: Passenger(s) who provided false or misleading contact information will be liable to prosecution.

Person(s) who willfully disregard or refuse to comply with directions of Port-Health staff, security agencies or evade quarantine shall be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

“State governments are required to ensure that all returning travelers from ALL countries are 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.”

The SGF stated that the travel advisory,” shall come into effect from May 4,  while adding that the guidelines provided in this document shall be subject to review after an initial period of four weeks.”

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday recorded 43 new COVID-19 infections in seven states across the country.

The new figures raised the total number of infections in the country to 165,153, an update published by NCDC on Saturday night indicated.

 

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday recorded 43 new COVID-19 infections in seven states across the country.

The new figures raised the total number of infections in the country to 165,153, an update published by NCDC on Saturday night indicated.

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