FG imposes travel restrictions on South Africa

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Travel restrictions have been extended to passengers arriving Nigeria from South Africa, the Presidential Steering Committee,PSC, on Covid-19 has announced.

Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the committee said the measures announced earlier were dictated by the prevalence of variants of  Covid-19 and the dangers associated with importation of the such virulent strain. The measures now apply to the four countries, including Brazil, Turkey and India.

“The PSC has been reviewing these restrictions and is of the opinion that they should remain for another four weeks before it is further reviewed. South Africa, has however, been added to this category once more.

“​In addition to these three countries, the PSC has also shifted its focus on some African countries. South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda, Namibia and Uganda fall in this category. South Africa for example, recorded over 100, 000 cases in the last one week while 20,000 was recorded in the last 24 hours.

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“The four major variants of concern are now classified as Alpha (UK), Beta (SA); Gamma (Brazil) and Delta (India). The Delta variant which has wrecked devastating havoc, is not yet found in Nigeria hence the need to tighten our borders and be more vigilant”, said Mustapha.

He said the committee is working hard on measures for mitigating a potential third wave of Coronavirus and urged Nigerians not to let down their guards against safety and infection.

The chairman also reassured Nigerians that sanctions will be imposed on violators of measures put in place to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

The Executive Secretary, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib disclosed that 3,441,146 dose of Coronavirus vaccines have been utilised, representing about 88% of vaccines received.

He said all vaccines scheduled to expire  in June have been utilised even as he disclosed that no death has been recorded on account of adverse reactions to Covid-19 vaccines.

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Faisal said vaccinations will close on July 5 until a fresh batch of vaccines arrive in the country in July and August, this year.