At the conclusion of its inaugural meeting today, Nigeria’s Presidential Task Force on the Coronavirus (PTF-COVID19) announced a number of decisions top of which was a ban on travellers fron the United States, United Kingdom, China and ten other countries most affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The other affected countries are: Japan, Iran, Switzerland, Norway, Netherland, France, South Korea, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Speaking at a Press Conference at the end of Task Force’s meeting, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, who’ also the Chair of the Presidential Task Force on the Coronavirus (PTF-COVID19) said the general public is strongly advised to cancel or postpone all non-essential travel – whether for business or pleasure – abroad, especially to “high-risk countries.”
According to him, “all official travel by public officials and civil servants” are henceforth banned “until further notice.” while approvals previously granted for such travel are accordingly rescinded.
“Everyone traveling / returning to Nigeria from abroad is urged to strictly self-isolate for 14 days in their homes. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has today issued guidelines for self-isolation; these will be widely publicized”.
“Everyone traveling / returning to Nigeria from countries with high Community Transmission Rates (especially countries with 1,000 cumulative cases and above) will be actively followed up for 14 days by the Health Authorities”, he added
Mustapha said the Federal government urges the general public to maintain social distancing and avoid crowded places.
“Government of Nigeria will continue to follow all emerging scenarios and provide updates on a continuous basis”, he noted.