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Coronavirus: No Plans To Ban Foreigners From Entering Nigeria - FG 

Funsho Akinwale

The Federal Government, on Monday, said it has no plans to impose travel restrictions on visitors from countries where coronavirus continues to spread rapidly.

But the ministry of health has launched screening on visitors from the virus prone countries, including Japan, Iran, Italy, Germany, France, South Korea and Spain.

Recall, the virus was brought into the country through an Italian national who arrived in Lagos aboard a Turkish Airline plane on February 24.

He travelled from Lagos to Ogun State before he was quarantined in the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunibe Mamora, while addressing a press conference in Abuja, on Monday, said the Federal Government decided to screen visitors from the eight countries after the World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

“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.

“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,” he said.

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