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We Will Not Stop Citizens Of Countries Affected By Coronavirus From Entering Nigeria – FG

IgbereTV reports that the Federal Government says it has no plans to impose travel restrictions on visitors from countries where coronavirus continues to spread rapidly. This comes as countries across the globe tighten border restrictions in hopes of stemming the spread. Nigeria will however, screen visitors entering the country from China (where the disease originated last year), Japan, Iran, Italy, Germany, France, South Korea and Spain.

Nigeria’s index case was an Italian who flew into the country from Milan on February 4th. He was quarantined and is believed to be recovering fast.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Monday, the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnibe Mamora, said the FG decided to screen visitors from the eight countries after the World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

“We have carried out a review of our case definition. We have added three new countries 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 were screened for coronavirus in Edo, Lagos, Ogun, Yobe, Rivers, Kano, Enugu states and the Federal Capital Territory. Nigeria has had no fatalities from the virus.

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All Comments

  • No you guys should allow affected people to come nah, rubbish

    lexyoche March 17, 2020 10:10 am
  • At least try checking them to know if they are positive or negative first before they enter nigeria ooo

    Ngozi March 17, 2020 10:14 am
  • They should get tested before they enter Nigeria ooo Biko nu i cannot tart having panic attack because of the nations foolishness

    Ifuoma March 17, 2020 10:27 am
  • No one is stopping you guys ooo but in the case of allowing them come to Nigeria please kindly make sure they don't have the virus cause it seems Nigerians are immune to the virus

    HalimatuZaheed March 17, 2020 10:29 am
  • In anything you guys are doing please do it in the proper manner so that we wont have any case of the virus in Nigeria please

    delphie March 17, 2020 10:33 am
  • They should screen everyone trying to come to Nigeria please that shit they are saying they will screen people from these six countries shouldn't be done ooo, everyone coming into Nigeria be it a citizen or a foreigner they should all be screened

    GraceUzonadi March 17, 2020 10:36 am
  • This thing they are trying to do shouldn't cause problems for us ooo, all the people coming into Nigeria should be well checked on and examined before they should be allowed into our country

    Mariam March 17, 2020 10:38 am
  • You people are definitely mad and not normal what kind of stupid joke is that

    Amanda March 17, 2020 12:46 pm
  • Is like this people are crazy ooo, what kind of sick talk is that why would you allow affected people to enter Nigeria, Nigeria that is not affected by the virus?

    Bukola March 17, 2020 12:48 pm
  • Its like you people are joking Ba, cause i don't see a reason why you guys want to do this, is it that you want to reduce our population or you want to make people infected to beg for help

    Chidera March 17, 2020 12:50 pm
  • If you people want us to have this virus just say it than doing this nonsense you want to do

    Joann March 17, 2020 12:56 pm
  • Thats how this government invites all kinds of diseases with open hands, mad people.

    DAVID March 17, 2020 3:58 pm
  • They cannot close borders naa, when they have their children and businesses abroad, evil doers

    Chima March 17, 2020 4:00 pm
  • I know Buhari and the house of assembly have been making very stupid decisions but this is one of the most foolish of them all.

    Ummi March 17, 2020 4:03 pm
  • Nigeria remains a dump yard for every waste.

    Echida March 17, 2020 4:04 pm
  • Hmmm

    Fatima March 17, 2020 4:05 pm
  • We do not have enough resource to deal with this virus, instead of avoiding situation where 8it will become widespread in the country.

    Raphaella March 17, 2020 4:07 pm
  • Prevention is better than cure, we are no more giants of Africa we do not have anything to prove biko.

    Ikechukwu March 17, 2020 4:16 pm
  • I actually love the fact we are taking this virus as a serious issue in Nigeria but the first step to avoiding a disaster is to reduce border activities. please we need to.

    Bradly March 17, 2020 4:18 pm
  • All other countries are trying to close border for this same reason and we are proudly saying we will not that is so much of a disaster we are driving ourselves into, may God save us all.

    Theophilos March 17, 2020 4:20 pm
  • All other countries are trying to close border for this same reason and we are proudly saying we will not that is so much of a disaster we are driving ourselves into, may God save us all.

    Theo March 17, 2020 4:20 pm
  • I think whatever decision the government makes should be for the benefit of the larger society, because this disease is not restricted to a class or group, it is a respecter of nobody. Thanks.

    Maryan March 17, 2020 4:22 pm
  • The government is working, doing alkl to keep everyone safe, let us allow them do the job they best fit as long as it is a good one.

    Zino March 17, 2020 4:24 pm
  • If we close borders it will affect citizens living abroad from coming to unite with their families, p[lease let us rethink whether or not closing border is the best option right now.

    Wale March 17, 2020 4:25 pm
  • For now closing the border is our best option until a new development comes up we are safer with a closed border.

    Salma March 17, 2020 4:27 pm

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