NIGERIA: Lagos State Government Asks Passengers On British Airways To Self-isolate

Dominic Raab says Britons should not leave country

In Nigeria, the Lagos State Ministry of Health has asked all passengers on British Airways flight BA 75 to self-isolate. 

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, said the flight arrived Lagos on March 13, 2020.

According to him, it was the flight that brought in the third carrier of Coronavirus into Nigeria.

The 30-year-old Nigerian woman arrived in the country on March 13 on the flight and self-isolated herself on government’s recommendation. The government said she developed symptoms of the deadly virus during self-isolation.

She is currently in the isolation centre in Lagos.

The government has asked other passengers on the flight to call the following numbers; 08000corona, 08023169485, 08033565529, 08052817243, 08028971864, 08059758886, 08035387653 for urgent medical help.

UK government has over 1500 confirmed cases with 55 death toll from the COVID-19 ans on Tuesday, Dominic Raab announced that Britons will now be advised against any non-essential foreign travel for next 30 days.

"With immediate effect I have taken the decision to advise British nationals to avoid travel and this will take place for 30 days," Mr Raab said.

Speaking in the House of Commons today, the Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs announced the advice will come into effect instantly.

He said the Government will issue detailed advice on maintaining the flow of goods to the UK, while protecting staff working on shipping routes. Explaining the advised travel restrictions, Mr. Raab told MPs: "This decision has been taken based on the domestic measures introduced in the UK alongside the changes to border and a range of other restrictions which are now being taken right around the world.

"The speed and the range of those measures across other countries is unprecedented, some of those decisions are being made without notice.

"In some countries, even in countries or particular areas where there haven't yet been any reported cases of Covid-19 local authorities are nonetheless imposing restrictions on movement and again doing so with little or sometimes no notice."

However, Nigeria has not close its borders despite recording the third case of the coronavirus incidents in the country. 

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