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Coronavirus: Don’t go to China, Nigerian govt tells citizens

The Federal Government has issued travel advisory to Nigerians to suspend plans to visit China in view of raging case of Coronavirus in the Asian country. Coronavirus.

Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, gave the directive in Abuja at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday.

Ehanire told State House Correspondents that FEC approved a travel advisory for Nigerians, stating clearly that all travel plans to China be stopped in the meantime.

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He said the advisory also directed all returnees to Nigeria from China to be quarantined outdoors within a period of two weeks before fully interacting with their families.

He explained the two weeks would be used to monitor possible symptoms on the returnees. Coronavirus.

The minister added that the directive has also been expended to all airlines flying into Nigeria to report any passenger with signs of illness to airport authorities upon landing at any airport in the country.

Ehanire added that all disease control and monitoring agencies in the country had been alerted to be on the look out for any sings of the infection.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives, yesterday, directed the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Immigration Services, the Quarantine Services, the Federal Airport Authoriity of Nigeria (FAAN) and other related agencies to immediately set up screening centres at all points of entry into the country, with the aim detecting symptoms of coronavirus on travellers from countries with cases of the virus. Coronavirus.

The House also directed the Ministry of Health to collaborate with other relevant agencies to set up isolation centres in all entry points in the country and where necessary isolate anyone coming into the country suspected to have the virus.

The Green Chamber equally directed all health institutions in the country to be on alert for sign of the coronavirus, with aim of curbing it, in the “unlikely event” that the virus is transmitted into the country.

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