Nigeria has banned travellers coming from India, Brazil and Turkey because of concerns about the rampant spread of COVID-19 in those countries.

The country’s presidential committee announced the plans on Sunday, 2 May.

NIGERIA BANS TRAVELLERS, CITES COVID-19

In a statement, the said the ban will take effect from Tuesday, 4 May.

“Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, India or Turkey within Fourteen (14) days preceding travel to Nigeria, shall be denied entry into Nigeria,” Boss Mustapha, chairman of the presidential steering committee on COVID-19, said in a statement.

HERE’S WHY THESE COUNTRIES ARE BANNED

Nigeria announced 43 confirmed new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing its total to 165,153, with 2,063 deaths.

  • Indian hospitals, morgues and crematoriums have been overwhelmed as the country has reported more than 300,000 daily cases for more than 10 days straight. Many families have been left on their own to find medicines and oxygen.

A second wave of the virus is ravaging parts of India, with 386,452 new COVID-19 cases reported on Friday – the biggest one-day increase on record for any country. There were another 3,500 deaths nationwide and nearly 400 in Delhi – a record for the capital. The country’s total number of infections has now passed 18 million.

Gift of the Givers, a humanitarian organisation announced plans to assist India and hopes to procure CPAP machines from the Department of Health, the Department of Trade and Industry, the National Ventilator Group, the CSIR and the Solidarity Fund in order to send it to India as soon as possible.

  • In Brazil, new COVID-19 cases have fallen off a late-March peak, but remain high by historical standards. Total deaths in the country are second only to the United States.
  • Turkey imposed a nationwide “full lockdown” on Thursday, lasting until May 17, to curb a surge in coronavirus infections and deaths, with the world’s fourth highest number of COVID-19 cases and the worst on a per-capita basis among major nations

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Presh JM Reporter

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