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March 2, 2020

Coronavirus Covid-19: Nigeria to increase preventive airport measures

The Government of Nigeria has partnered with different stakeholders in the airport industry to extend the preventive measures against the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak at the country's airports.

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The Government of Nigeria has partnered with different stakeholders in the airport industry to extend the preventive measures against the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak at the country’s airports.

In a statement cited by Xinhua, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) head Musa Nuhu said that the measures will help limit the spread of the virus after an Italian man who entered Nigeria via Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos tested positive.

The Italian was a businessman who arrived in Lagos from Milan, Italy, on 25 February. He is reported to be stable and does not exhibit any serious symptoms.

Nuhu added that the new measures will ensure that incoming travellers are screened properly while ensuring ‘minimal disruption’.

He also asked airlines, airport operators, security agencies and other stakeholders to initiate necessary precautionary measures to safeguard their staff.

Passengers are advised to remain alert and calm during travel and to adopt necessary precautions to protect themselves.

In addition, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced the fourth public health advisory to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

The advisory stated that the Port Health Services of the Federal Ministry of Health increased screening measures at all points of entry.

Along with the automated temperature screening, travellers who are entering the country will also have to fill out a contact form and will be asked questions regarding any symptoms and travel history.

The epidemic has so far killed more than 3,000 people and infected more than 89,000 people around the world. Nigeria currently has one confirmed coronavirus case, with no deaths.

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