Federal government has added South Africa to the list of countries banned from entering Nigeria due to the spread of COVID-19 in their countries.
Only those holding Nigerian passport and South Africans resident in Nigeria will be allowed in as those that have visited South Africa within 14 days will not be allowed in the country.
This was made known by Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government and Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Combating COVID-19 at a press conference held by the committee in Abuja.
He said: “A few weeks ago, we announced additional measures to be met by passengers arriving from Brazil, Turkey and India,” Mustapha said.
“This action was due to the prevalence of variants of concern and the dangers associated with the importation of such virulent strain.
“The PSC has been reviewing these restrictions and is of the opinion that they should remain for another four weeks (one month) before it is further reviewed. South Africa, has, however, been added to this category once more.”
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, 167, 532 people have been confirmed infected and 2,119 persons out of that number have died while more have survived but recent elicited the current ban placed on South Africa.
According to Mustapha: “South Africa for example, recorded over 100,000 cases in the last one week while 20,000 were recorded in the last 24 hours.”
“The four major variants of concern are now classified as Alpha (UK), Beta (South Africa); Gamma (Brazil) and Delta (India). The Delta variant, which has wreaked devastating havoc, is not yet found in Nigeria hence the need to tighten our borders and be more vigilant.”