COVID-19: FG Warns Against Traveling To South Africa, India, Brazil, Turkey

Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) carry wood to prepare a funeral pyre for a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victim during a mass cremation at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, April 26, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

The Federal Government has warned Nigerians against travelling to South Africa, India, Brazil and Turkey.

According to the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, formerly Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the countries are currently battling a third wave of the COVID-19 and as such, not safe.

The National Incident Manager, PSC, Dr Mukhtar Muhammad, who spoke at the media briefing by the committee on Monday, warned Nigerians against shunning safety protocols against the virus because the pandemic was not over.

He said, “While we continue to reopen the economy, we must also be aware of the happenings around the globe. Mr Chairman (Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha) and the Honourable Minister of Health (Prof. Osagie Ehanire) have made reference to specific incidents in India, Turkey, Brazil and South Africa.

“We sympathise with the people of these countries because it is really a very trying time particularly for India that is recording over 300,000 cases a day, and recording over 2,000 deaths.

“India is a prime destination for medical tourism for Nigeria. We know that many Nigerians like to travel – to go to India but now… we urge Nigerians to limit all travels to only essential travels, particularly to these affected countries.”

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