COVID-19: FG hints on travel ban over new strain of virus

COVID-19: FG hints on travel ban over new strain of virus

- Nigeria is now faced with the possibility of a travel ban to some parts of the world

- This is due to the threatening spread of the new variant of COVID-19

- The federal government at the moment is considering restriction of travel to and from nations, especially the UK

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The federal government has said that just like many nations, it may be forced to impose a ban on travel to some parts of the world due to the new strain of COVID-19 which is rampant in the United Kingdom (UK).

This was revealed by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Monday, December 21, in Abuja, The Guardian reports.

According to Mohammed, the new variant of the virus, both spreads and kills fasters after it has been contracted.

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The minister noted that while the government is avoiding the implications of another lockdown, it might fall back on it as its only resort if the situation warrants the decision.

COVID-19: FG hints on travel ban over new strain of virus
The federal government is mulling travel ban over new strain of COVID-19 (Photo: @Mohammed_Lai)
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On this note, he pointed out that it would not be a surprise if the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Nigeria makes this recommendation to the government after its next meeting.

The minister, therefore, urged Nigerians to heed the advice of the PTF on hygiene and social distancing, especially in this festive season.

He said:

“I will not be surprised if that will be the recommendation of the committee which is meeting later today.
“This season, many students are coming from the UK in particular, to come and join their families in Nigeria. Besides, many of our people, because of the traditional link we have with UK, may want to go there for business or family re-union.

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“It is a very testy time and it might be another dangerous period to transmit this new variant of COVID-19.”

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Meanwhile, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo had advised both the federal and state authorities to shut down churches if the efforts to contain the COVID-19 virus called for such a measure.

The cleric who serves as the senior pastor of Lagos-based church, Trinity House, gave the advice when he spoke on a TV station.

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