The Federal Government has banned flights from South Africa.
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The Nigerian government also extended ban on flights from Brazil, India and Turkey by one month, due to the increasing rate of COVID-19 infections in those countries.
Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday at the briefing of the committee.
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Mustapha urged Nigerians not to lower their guards, saying as “we continue to see spikes in some countries (including African countries) and the emergence of variants of concern in several jurisdictions where the third wave has occurred”.
“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”.
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The SGF disclosed that the federal government has received appeals from some inbound passengers to Nigeria barred for six months for violating COVID-19 protocols.
“The six-month period of ban for the first batch of 100 is almost complete and we use this opportunity to reassure Nigerians that sanctions will be imposed on violators of measures put in place to protect them and safeguard our nation,” Mustapha added.