COVID-19: NCDC sends warning to airlines as Nigeria records 197 new cases

COVID-19: NCDC sends warning to airlines as Nigeria records 197 new cases

- Nigeria recorded 197 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, September 10

- The NCDC confirmed that the country so far has 55,829 total confirmed cases, 43,810 recoveries and 1,075 deaths in relation to the virus

- The agency also expressed pain over the fact that some passengers leaving Nigeria with negative COVID-19 status are still rejected by airlines

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday, September 10, announced that the nation recorded 197 more new cases of the coronavirus.

On its Twitter page, the NCDC revealed that the total confirmed infection in the country as at Thursday night was 55,829 with 1,075 deaths.

However, on the positive side, the agency disclosed that the nation presently has 43,810 recoveries from the deadly virus.

On its online chart, it could be observed that Lagos, with 48 new infections, comes behind Plateau state which has 83 cases on the same day.

COVID-19: NCDC sends warning to airlines as Nigeria records 197 new cases
NCDC boos, Chikwe Ihekweazu (Photo credit: Twitter/NCDC)
Source: UGC

Interestingly states like Osun, Oyo and Bayelsa all have an additional one case each.

In another report, the NCDC noted that it has received complaints that passengers leaving the country are being rejected by airlines despite the fact that the COVID-19 tests carried out by accredited laboratories proved negative.

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The commission lamented the development, adding that this should not be the case for any reason.

It tweeted: "We‘ve received complaints from passengers departing Nigeria, that airlines are rejecting #COVID19 negative results from some accredited private labs. This should not be the case.

"This has been escalated to @PTFCOVID19 & an update will be provided shortly."

Meanwhile, reported that after months of restricting international flights, the federal government had said it would not rush to announce the resumption of operations.

Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, disclosed this on Monday, July 13, at the daily briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19.

Sirika explained that whatever decision is made concerning the resumption of flight operations into and out of the country would be in the interest of the public.

The minister while noting international flight operations has not been opened in several countries, added that Nigeria has not received clearance to fly to countries that are already operating.

However, this has since changed as the Nigerian government lifted the ban on international flights.

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