Coronavirus: Travellers from France, Germany, Spain to undergo secondary screening-Minster

The Federal Government on Monday said travellers coming into Nigeria from France, Germany, and Spain would have to undergo a secondary screening at the nation’s international airports and self-isolate for 14 days.

He said the three countries have been added to the list of high-risk nations with the nevel corona virus.

The Minister of Health for State, Dr Olorunnibe Mamora, said this in Abuja while briefing the press on the update on coronavirus.

Already, Nigeria had placed China, Japan, Iran, Italy and Republic of Korea on high-risk status.

The minister said, “Despite that we have not recorded a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last one week in Nigeria, it is important to remember that we are still at high risk like other countries.

“We will continue to monitor returning travellers that fit our case definition and improve our surveillance.

“Following the declaration of a pandemic and increasing spread in countries, we carried out a review of our case definition. We have added three countries to the existing list of five high-risk countries with widespread community transmission. France, Germany, and Spain. Therefore, eight countries are on our priority list- China, Japan, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, France and Germany.

“Travellers from these eight countries will undertake secondary screening at the point of entry. They are also advised to self-isolate for 14 days on entry.”

He noted that between January 7 and March 15, 2020, a total of 48 people, who met Nigeria’s case definition had been screened for coronavirus in Edo, Lagos, Ogun, Yobe, Rivers, Kano, Enugu states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The minister added that 47 have tested negative and have been cleared, one was positive (contact of the index case) and one result is pending. There has been no death. The index case is clinically stable and has improved greatly. We look forward to progressing early this week, to guide the medical team in discharging him.”

On the case of the woman that was placed in isolation in Enugu after being suspected of having symptoms synonymous with coronavirus, Mamora said she had tested negative to the virus.

He said, “In Enugu, a woman in her 70s returned from the United Kingdom and had symptoms of fever and mild respiratory illness. Her sample was collected for laboratory diagnosis and tested negative for COVID-19. Therefore, as of March 15, 2020, Nigeria has recorded two confirmed cases of COVID-19. One case is now negative and has been discharged from the hospital.”


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