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Five Fresh Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Nigeria

Travelers From 13 Countries Banned from Entering Nigeria

Five Fresh Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Nigeria


Five Fresh Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Nigeria

Five fresh cases of COVID-19 ( CORONAVIRUS) have been confirmed in Nigeria.

This brings the total cases of Coronavirus infection in the West African country to eight.

The Minister of Health who confirmed the fresh cases in Abuja, explained that three of the infected persons, including a mother and her child, came in from the United States of America, while the remaining two who came in through the land border were from the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, a Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has announced a new travel ban on 13 countries.

They include China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Switzerland. These are all countries with over 1,000 case domestically.

The decision contained in a statement by the Task Force include that:

ii. All persons arriving in Nigeria who might have visited these countries, fifteen days prior to such arrival, will be subjected to supervised self-isolation and testing for 14 days;

iii. The Federal Government is temporarily suspending the issuance of all visas on arrival;

iv. The Federal Government is also counseling all Nigerians to cancel or postpone all non-essential travels to these countries; and

v. The Federal Government urges Public Health Authorities of countries with high burden to conduct diligent departure screening of passengers and also endorses this travel advisories to their nationals to postpone travels to Nigeria.

4. These restrictions will come into effect from Saturday, 21st March, 2020 for four (4) weeks subject to review


A. S. Agamah is a journalist and has been practicing in Nigeria for about a decade. His interest cuts across politics, economics, health, sociocultural issues and community reporting.

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