Finally, the Nigerian Federal Government has taken measures to curb the risk of travelers from Coronavirus (COVID-19) endemic countries bringing the disease into the country as it on Wednesday issued a travel ban on 13 countries.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, told journalists in Abuja, the countries affected include United State of America, United Kingdom, China, Japan, Iran, Switzerland, Norway, Netherland, France, South Korea, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Mustapha noted that all the affected countries has over 1,000 cases domestically.
The Federal Government scribe stated that Nigerians arriving from these countries will be subjected to supervised isolation for 14 days.
The Federal Government is also advising all Nigerians to avoid travel to these countries.
Mustapha said that the travel ban restrictions will come into effect from Friday 20 March 2020, for four weeks, “subject to review.”
According to him, “All persons arriving in Nigeria who might have visited these countries, fifteen days prior to such arrival, will be subjected to supervised self-isolation and testing for 14 days. The Federal Government is temporarily suspending the issuance of all visas on arrival.
“The Federal Government is also counseling all Nigerians to cancel or postpone all non-essential travels to these countries. The Federal Government urges Public Health Authorities of countries with high burden to conduct diligent departure screening of passengers and also endorses this travel advisories to their nationals to postpone travels to Nigeria.”