Nigeria Places Travel Ban On China, US, UK, 10 Other Countries With Coronavirus

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Nigeria has finally restricted travellers from 13 countries where at least 1,000 cases of coronavirus have been recorded.

The Federal Government has announced travel restrictions on travellers from 13 foreign countries hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeping the world.

This was announced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, headed by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

The countries affected by the restriction are the , , Italy, Iran, , Spain, Japan, , Germany, , , and Switzerland.

All the affected countries have recorded at least 1000 cases of coronavirus within their borders.

The Federal Government has also suspended the issuance of visa on arrival to travellers from the affected countries.

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The ban kicks into effect on Saturday, March 21. All travelers returning from the affected countries prior to the restriction will be in supervised self-isolation, monitored by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Port Health Services.

Since coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China in December, over 200,000 people have been infected, and at least 8,000 killed around the world. More than 82,000 people have also recovered from the virus.

Nigeria currently has two confirmed cases of coronavirus which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Another person that previously tested positive last week later tested negative and was discharged days later. No deaths have been recorded in the country.

The two positive cases are of people who imported the virus – an Italian who arrived from Italy, and, more recently, a Nigerian woman from the United Kingdom.

African neighbours like South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Gabon, Burundi, and many others have all imposed travel restrictions.

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