The Nigerian Government has issued a sweeping travel ban on 13 countries in a major action against a possible outbreak of Coronavirus virus in the country.
Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation made the announcement at a media briefing on Wednesday.
The affected countries are the United State of America, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Iran, Switzerland, Norway, Netherland, France, South Korea, Germany, Italy and Spain.
This development came only a day after the country confirmed its third case of the bug.
Scooper had earlier reported how the Senate on Tuesday asked the federal government to consider placing a restriction on non-Nigerian travellers from countries with high risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate, while conceding to a motion moved on the matter by brahim Oloriegbe, Chairman of Senate Health Committee, said Nigeria has so far been fortunate because it is not experiencing an outbreak but added the country must not push its luck too far.
“We are very lucky and fortunate, but we shouldn’t push our luck too far. We should be very observant of all those regulations the technical experts give us,” he said.
Oloriegbe, said in addition to the ban, other prevention and control practices, Nigeria should as well restrict travels to worst-hit countries to curb the spread of the virus.
“If it is possible, people should not travel to countries with high risk of the cases especially in Europe where many countries are affected, unless such trips are very important,” he said.
“Government should also consider disallowing non-Nigerians from countries of high risk from entering the country. Government should also increase capacity about checking airports.”
He said Nigeria currently has only five centres where testing can be done, and that “government has to step up the testing capacity, and provide support for state governments”.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan agreed with his submission, and added that emphasis should be placed on the isolation and testing centres.
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