- The Nigerian government has shut down the Lagos and Abuja international airports amid coronavirus spread
- The two airports will stop operating starting from Monday, March 23 and are expected to resume operations on April 23
- Nigeria recorded 10 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, March 21, making a total of 22 confirmed cases in the country
As the number of the confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria surged to 22 on Saturday, March 21, the federal government has shut Nigeria's international airports in Lagos and Abuja.
The Cable reports that the Nigerian government barred international flights from coming into Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja, effective from Monday, March 23.
The ban is expected to be in place until April 23, according to a statement by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had announced the confirmation of 10 new coronavirus cases in Nigeria.
The agency tweeted that the breakdown of the new cases are 7 in Lagos and 3 in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Also, the Nigerian government has added two more countries to the list of high-risk countries which are banned from entering the country.
The two new countries added to the list are Austria and Sweden.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have also reacted to the federal government's restriction of travelers from China, Italy and other high-risk countries.
The restriction was put in place following the unending coronavirus pandemic facing the country. The affected countries also include Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, USA, Norway, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland.
Many Nigerians who reacted to the news on social media supported the restriction move by the federal government.
Others claimed the federal government should have restricted the movement from these countries a long time ago. According to them, European countries have closed their borders as well.
In another related report, the federal government has shut down three international airports as part of its efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The airports are; Mallam Aminu Kano Airport, Kano; Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu; and the Port Harcourt Airport, Rivers.
On Wednesday, March 18, the Nigerian Senate urged the government to shut down all international airports except the Lagos and Abuja airports for easier monitoring of the viral disease.
The Buhari administration has continued to implement far-reaching initiatives to curb the spread of the disease in Nigeria. Recently, the government gave a directive to airlines operating international and regional flights in the country to commence the implementation of the use of yellow card as a requirement for travel.
A letter from the office of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) was distributed to the affected airlines after the directive came from the federal ministry of health.
Also, the government banned all travels outside the country by officials of ministries, departments, and agencies until further notice.
However, following the confirmation of the 10 new cases in the country, many Nigerians are asking the government to completely lock down the country.
"Please shut down the country already. We can’t afford to be negligent like Italy & the UK," Deji Adeyanju commented.
"Close the borders!" Niran Omoakin called on the Nigerian government.
Jaiyeolami said: "Can @MBuhari Close/Lockdown all our International airports? Everyone of them are travelling home, importing the virus. Isn't it clear enough? What kind of rubbish is this??!!"
Adetunji Adediran commented: "Government should mandate #StayAtHome now. Before it's too late. Like play like play, This is spreading."
Abdulsalam Meezy commented: "I work at Abuja airport. Just today this morning i saw some plane landing. Why have FG not ban flights already na..Loudly crying face"
Now this is getting serious. "9 of 10 cases have travel history outside Nigeria, stop all flights... ALL FLIGHTS! Close the boarders. Only Nigerians in diaspora should be allowed into country and should be forced into 2 weeks quarantine upon arrival," @ElSirdeeq99 tweeted.
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