Federal Government of Nigeria has said it would issue a travel advisory in the next two days on inbound flights from India, Brazil and Turkey following the escalation of new variants of the COVID-19 virus in the countries.
The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), formerly Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, warned Nigerians against shunning safety protocols against the virus, saying the pandemic was not over.
The National Incident Manager, PSC, Dr Mukhtar Muhammad, spoke at the media briefing by the committee on Monday.
He called on Nigerians to keep observing all the regulations and instructions already provided to keep safe from the infection of COVID-19.
Muhammad said, “While we continue to reopen the economy, we must also be aware of the happenings around the globe. Mr Chairman (Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha) and the Honourable Minister of Health (Prof. Osagie Ehanire) have made reference to specific incidents in India, Turkey, Brazil and South Africa.
“We sympathise with the people of these countries because it is really a very trying time particularly for India that is recording over 300,000 cases a day, and recording over 2,000 deaths.
“India is a prime destination for medical tourism for Nigeria. We know that many Nigerians like to travel – to go to India but now… we urge Nigerians to limit all travels to only essential travels, particularly to these affected countries.”
Muhammad noted that the safety guidelines regarding public spaces and mask-wearing still applied to public places such as supermarkets, malls, event centers, adding that “enforcement will continue to be observed and we will continue to monitor these places for violations.”