The Nigerian government has warned its citizens against travelling to countries that are currently battling a third wave of the novel coronavirus. The Buhari-led administration further banned travellers from Brazil, Turkey, and India, in its bid to further reduce the spread of the deadly virus in the country.
Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, who issued the warning, noted that airlines that fail to adhere to the warning would pay a fine of $3,500 for each passenger. Mustapha further stated that health officials would not accept COVID-19 PCR test results older than 72 hours before departure.
“State governments are required to ensure that all returning travellers 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.”
To further prevent the third wave of the Covid -19 pandemic in Nigeria, the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 reintroduced some restrictions on movement and social interactions in the country.
Speaking at the PSC briefing on COVID-19 recently, Dr Muhammad said for land and rail transport, there are no limitations anymore on inter and intrastate travel but service providers must abide by status stipulations from the Federal Ministry of Transport and ensure that PPEs (personal protection equipment) are used and, where applicable, physical distancing is observed.
He said the night curfew is now from 12am to 4am, except for essential service providers and international passengers who just arrived the country or travelling out of the country.”
For event centres that provide outdoor spaces, he said, they can open but not indoor event centres.