- Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has hailed the decision of the federal government to restrict entry for countries with high cases of coronavirus
- The federal government had announced on Wednesday, March 18, that 13 countries with high coronavirus cases would be restricted from entering Nigeria
- Countries on the list include China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, United States of America, among others
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, has commended the federal government for restricting entry into Nigeria for the travellers coming from countries with high coronavirus cases.
The former Nigerian vice president in a tweet from his official Twitter handle on Wednesday, March in Abuja, thanked the government for heeding to the call of the people.
This is coming after Chikwe Ihekweazu, the head of Nigeria's National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said points of entry in Nigeria are currently at the highest risk. Following the current spread of the deadly virus, Ihekweazu urged people to limit travels to countries with ongoing transmission of COVID19.
It would be recalled that the PDP presidential candidate on Friday, February 28, called on the federal government to suspend flights from countries that have been affected by the deadly virus after the first confirmed case was reported in Lagos.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that 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.
In a related development, experts had expressed worry that there could be spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria in the next two weeks.
The experts insisted that it is inevitable to prevent the disease since Nigeria has been identified as one of the 13 countries in Africa at a high risk of being overwhelmed by the virus due to weak health sector.
The index case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Nigeria, a 44-year-old Italian, on Thursday, March 12, completed the 14-day isolation recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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