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Coronavirus: Travelers from France, Germany, Spain to undergo secondary screening, says FG

Dr Olorunnibe Mamora on covid-19 - Health and News Blog in Nigeria

The Federal Government on Monday said travellers coming into Nigeria from France, Germany, and Spain would have to undergo a secondary screening at the nation’s international airports and self-isolate for 14 days.

He said the three countries have been added to the list of high-risk nations with widespread community transmission.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnibe Mamora, said this in Abuja while briefing the press on the update on coronavirus.

Already, Nigeria had placed China, Japan, Iran, Italy and Republic of Korea on high-risk status.

Mamora said the step became important for travellers from the eight countries after Nigeria carried out a review of its case definition for coronavirus.

The minister said, “Despite that, 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 continue to monitor returning travellers that fit our case definition and improve our surveillance, detection and risk communications.

“Following the declaration of a pandemic and increasing spread in countries, we carried out a review of our case definition. We have added three new countries to the existing list of five high-risk countries with widespread community transmission. These are France, Germany, and Spain. Therefore, eight countries are on our priority list – China, Japan, Iran, Italy, Spain, the Republic of Korea, France and Germany.

“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.”

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