- Shehu Sani has questioned why the federal government has refused to place travel restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus disease
- The former lawmaker made the comment following the disclosure that Nigeria still has no plans on restricting any country’s nationals from entering the country
- The minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, said Nigeria would be intensifying screening on passengers from some countries
Shehu Sani has questioned why the federal government has refused to place travel restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus disease.
The former Senator in a tweet on Monday, 16 March, said Nigerian borders remained open to coronavirus while the borders are closed to the importation of rice.
"Our borders remain open for Corona and closed for Rice," Shehu Sani tweeted.
The former lawmaker made the statement in reaction to comments by the minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, that Nigeria still has no plans on restricting any country’s nationals from entering the country.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has confirmed its third case of coronavirus in Lagos as the deadly infection spreads more across African countries.
The new Covid-19 case was disclosed by the commissioner of health in Lagos state, Professor Akin Abayomi via his official Twitter handle, @ProfAkinAbayomi, on Tuesday, March 17.
According to the health commissioner, the patient is a 30-year-old Nigerian woman who returned from the United Kingdom to Lagos on Friday, March 13.
She reportedly observed self-isolation upon her return, developed symptoms and has been tested positive.
Abayomi said the patient is now in isolation and receiving care at Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba.
The commissioner noted that tracing of all passengers and all those who may have come in contact with the latest case has commenced.
In another report, Nigeria's Sports Minister Sunday Dare has announced the postponement of the 2020 National Sports Festival which is scheduled to hold in Benin City, Edo state.
Athletes in all states in Nigeria have been preparing to storm the City of Benin for this year's edition before the announcement came on Tuesday, March 17.
Mr Sunday Dare took to his official social media account to announce the latest development claiming that the decision was taken after meeting with President Buhari.
Coronavirus found its way into the world in December 2019 in China where many people have been killed and scores on admission in the hospital.
The virus has also made football governing bodies in Europe to postpone all the League games until next month as efforts to fight the epidemic continue.
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