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FG places travel ban on China, Italy, US, others over coronavirus

By Idowu Abdullahi,

Following the global health threat posed by coronvirus, the Federal Government has placed a travel ban on thirteen countries considered have high saturation of the novel viral infection, necessitating their being listed as coronavirus hot-beds and being banned from further entry into the country.

The apex government explained that the travel ban had become imperative in order to reduce possible entrants of new coronavirus cases into the nation in a move that would afford the country ability to focus on its peoples’ health and well-being, while keeping outside threats away.

It recalled that the country had reported three confirmed cases of the deadly virus, and that each of these three had come into the nation from some of the countries which the travel ban now affected, adding that as a government, its paramount aim was to protect lives of Nigerians and that its decision was pursuant to its mandate.

The Buhari-led government announced the ban on Wednesday in Abuja, and listed the countries to include  China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Though there was no information on how long the ban was expected to last, the FG reiterated that flights to and from the banned countries would no longer be allowed in the country, and assured Nigerians of its commitment to ensuring health and welfare of its people.

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