NCDC announces 40 new cases of COVID-19
The federal government has declared 90 travelers who arrived from Brazil, India and Turkey wanted for flouting COVID-19 travel protocol.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee, Boss Mustapha announced this on Sunday.
He stated that the violators who arrived in Nigeria between 8th May 2021 and 15th May 2021 through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe persons have been declared Persons of Interest on account of posing a considerable danger to overall public health for evading the mandatory 7-day quarantine for persons arriving from restricted countries.
The names of all the violators were listed alongside their nationality, passport number, airline, and date of arrival.
The announcement read, “The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 on May 1, 2021 issued a travel advisory for passengers arriving in Nigeria from Brazil, India and Turkey.
“These precautionary measures are necessary steps to mitigate the risk of importation of variants of concern and break the chain of transmission to the population.
“Under the new measures, passengers arriving from/or that have visited any of these three countries within 14days prior to the visit to Nigeria, are required to follow mandatory arrival quarantine and testing protocols in designated facilities.
“The PSC has however observed that while most of the arriving passengers dutifully observed the guidelines, some (Nigerians and foreigners) have violated them in contravention of the provisions of the COVID-19 Health Regulations Protection, 2021.
“Accordingly, the underlisted persons who arrived in Nigeria between May 8, 2021 and May 15, 2021 through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and whose names and passport numbers are displayed, have been declared Persons of Interest on account of posing considerable danger to overall public health and for the violation of Nigeria COVID-19 travel protocol by evading the mandatory 7-day quarantine for persons arriving from restricted countries.
“Members of the public are by this notice advised that these persons of interest constitute an immediate health hazard to the society. They must therefore transport themselves safely, to the nearest state public health departments within 48hrs of this notice for immediate evaluation and call the Port Health Services, Federal Ministry of Health on 08036134672 or 08032461990 for further directions.”
Mustapha added that the PSC shall take some additional steps to sanction the listed violators.
These steps, he said, include disabling their travel passports for a period not less than one year; cancelation of visas/ permits of foreigners that have abused the country’s hospitality; and prosecution under the 2021 Health Protection Regulations.
“Additional list of Batch II defaulters shall be published in subsequent announcement by the PSC” He stated.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 40 new cases of the virus in 7 states.
The NCDC disclosed this via a tweet on its official Twitter account on Sunday night.
According to the health agency 166,019 cases has been confirmed so far while 156,476 people have been discharged so far.
The tweet reads:
40 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Today’s report includes zero cases from Ekiti, FCT, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, and Sokoto States.”