- The United States government has commenced the evacuation of its citizens from Nigeria over the coronavirus pandemic
- The US consulate in Lagos has confirmed that multiple emergency flights departed from Lagos and Abuja
- The consulate, however, urged US citizens not to come to the airport until they have been contacted directly
The United States government has commenced the evacuation of its citizens from Nigeria following the coronavirus pandemic.
The US consulate in Lagos confirmed that multiple emergency flights departed from Lagos and Abuja.
The consulate, however, urged US citizens not to come to the airport until they have been contacted directly.
It advised its citizens to shelter in place and await further information.
"The U.S. Consulate in Lagos has confirmed multiple emergency flights for this week departing from Lagos and Abuja. Please do not come to the airport until we have contacted you directly. Please shelter in place and await further information," the consulate said.
The embassy said the latest information regarding the possible evacuation of American citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) can be found at the US embassy website.
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In another news report, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has commended a health worker identified as Nurse Kirimi for her contribution towards the fight against coronavirus in Kenya.
According to WHO, Nurse Kirimi works at Kenyatta University Teaching Referral and Research Hospital and she has on the frontline in the fight against the deadly disease.
WHO also noted that many other brave Kenyan health workers have been on the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, a report by TheCable indicates that the coronavirus disease which broke out in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, has led to the deaths of at least 36,000 people.
Legit.ng gathered that this is according to data obtained from Worldometer, a website that provides real-time updates on the disease situation globally.
The report says that as of the evening of Monday, March 30, at least 36,863 persons have died from the disease while 760,380 number of cases were confirmed.
According to the online news medium, Italy remains the worst hit with 11,591 deaths, followed by Spain 7,340 deaths. China has 3,304, France has 3,024, and the US has 2,817 recorded deaths.
Nigeria has recorded 111 coronavirus cases spread across 10 states and the federal capital territory, where two deaths have been recorded, the second case on Monday.
Suleiman Achimugu, former managing director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), was the first casualty of the disease in Nigeria.
Achimugu, who died on Monday, March 23, had underlying medical issues and had been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. Another death case was also announced on Monday, March 30, by the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire.
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