- The Nigerian government says it would not ban travel to high-risk countries
- However, the FG says it would intensify screening from some countries
- The countries are: China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Germany, Japan, France, and Spain
While many countries are placing travel restrictions to combat the spread of Covid-19, Nigeria has insisted it would not be banning any legitimate traveler from entering the country.
The minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, said on Monday, March 16, in Abuja that Nigeria still has no plans on restricting any country’s nationals from entering the country, Premium Times.
Instead of a travel ban, the West African nation would be intensifying screening on passengers from eight countries – China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Germany, Japan, France, and Spain.
Mamora, while giving the national update on the status of the disease in the country, said these eight countries have been highlighted as countries with high risk of widespread community transmission and screening would be intensified on passengers from these countries.
The U.S. and UK, despite having high ongoing transmission and cases, are not part of the countries earmarked for intensive passengers screening.
As at the time of reporting, the U.S. ranks eighth on the table of countries with the highest number of confirmed cases with 3,802 confirmed cases while the UK ranks 10th with 1,391 confirmed cases following Switzerland.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a female minister in Zimbabwe, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, claimed the now dreaded coronavirus spreading across some continents was actually brought by God to punish Donald Trump, president of the United States.
Muchinguri-Kashiri, who is the country's defence and war veterans minister, said the virus was God's fight on behalf of Zimbabwe against the western countries which imposed sanctions on it.
Times Live reports that the minister said at the weekend: “Coronavirus is the work of God punishing countries that imposed sanctions on us."
She mocked the affected countries saying they are self-isolating themselves indoors and that their economies were seriously being affected.
"Trump should know that he is not God," the minister said.
It is noted that Zimbabwe as a country has not recorded any case since the virus started spreading.
Legit.ng had reported how a notable pastor in Nigeria, Paul Enenche, declared that coronavirus has no place in Nigeria because it will be boiled by the power of God just like Ebola was descended upon.
The senior pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre described the virus as something coming from the devil.
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