The ministry of health in Lagos on Wednesday, May 12, revealed its decision to place a series of protocols for passengers from 14 countries that are now on the state government's COVID-19 watchlist.
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Professor Akin Abayomi, the commissioner for health in Lagos, announced in a press briefing that this is one of the government's drastic measures to prevent a third wave of the pandemic in the state, The Cable reports.
Abayomi noted that that the affected nations fell into a category regarded as the amber zone countries.
“From the Lagos perspective, we’re also looking at what we describe as Amber Colour countries, where we know that mutants are circulating. And this is important for us to be able to define how strict our monitoring of your isolation at home and how your testing is performed.
"We are monitoring countries where we know the mutants are circulating, but the situation is still severe.
“Passengers of interests from the Amber Countries are also required to do PCR test 72 hours before departure, PCR test post arrival and a mandatory seven days isolation at home which will be monitored by our logistics, surveillance and EkoTELEMED teams.”
A list of the nation is given below:
2. United States
10. South Africa
Abayomi added that protocols for passengers from red zone countries (Brazil and Turkey) will include a compulsory PCR test 72 hours before departure, PCR test post-arrival and a 14-day isolation in a government-approved facility paid for by the passenger.
Meanwhile, Nigeria had been included in the United Kingdom (UK)'s amber zone list of countries its citizens cannot travel to as it prepares to resume international flights from Monday, May 17.
According to the UK transport secretary, Grant Shapps, the British government has finally lifted the stay-in-the-UK ban.