We Have no plan to place travel Ban on China and other countries affected with Coronavirus - Federal Govt

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Nigerian government has revealed that Nigeria has no plan to place visa restrictions on countries affected with Coronavirus.

Meanwhile health minister said that Nigeria has decided to screen visitors entering the country from  China ( the originator of the disease), Japan, Iran, Italy, Germany, France,  South  Korea and Spain.

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.

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He said, “Despite we have not recorded a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last one week in Nigeria, it is important to remember that we are still at high risk like other countries. We will continue to monitor returning travellers that fit our case definition and improve our surveillance, detection and risk communications.

“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.”

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