Nigeria bans flights from Turkey, Brazil, India, South Africa

Nigeria will ban travelers coming from some African countries due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 there. 

In a statement at the national briefing in Abuja on Monday, Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government and chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, said some countries face a fast-surging third wave of the coronavirus pandemic and this caused concern.

Mustapha said that as part of the coronavirus measures, no one will be accepted from South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda, Namibia and Uganda.

He added that the country has extended the travel ban for Turkey, Brazil and India for four weeks. Mr Boss Mustapha, said “a few weeks ago, we announced additional measures to be met by passengers arriving from Brazil, Turkey and India.

This action was due to the prevalence of variants of concern and the dangers associated with importation of the such virulent strain, he said.

In May 2021, the PSC banned incoming flights from Brazil, India and Turkey, noting that anyone who had been in those three countries within 14 days of their intended arrival date in Nigeria would be barred from entering the country.

So far, Nigeria has reported 167,467 infections, 2,119 deaths and 163,949 recoveries.

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