All airports in Nigeria have been opened by the Federal Government; with a six months travel ban placed on Nigerian passengers who came into the country without conducting the obligatory second COVID-19 test.
According to Dr. Sani Aliyu, The PTF coordinator who spoke at the daily briefing on COVID-19, foreigners who do not carry out the second COVID-19 test will have their visas revoked once they leave the shores of the country.
Dr. Aliyu pointed out that over 9000 passengers have registered with the new hub, while over 5,000 have made payments through the hub, a clear indication that the hub is working well. Furthermore, he explicated that young children would be exempted from the test, just as individuals with diplomatic passports would also be excluded.
On his part, Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation who spoke also at the briefing explicated that other privately operated airports are to reopen after meeting the required measures against COVID-19 and clearance from Nigeria Civil Aviation Agency, NCAA.
He also noted that discussions are ongoing to reopen Nigeria airspace to some of the banned airlines and countries.
Meanwhile, Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation revealed that Africa is flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. He made this known at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Covid -19 in Abuja.
In his words: “A careful study of the numbers coming out of Africa will reveal that there is a flattening of the curve in the African region. There has been a weekly decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases reported since the 20th July. Fatalities are also on a downward trend. More than one million people have recovered.
While this is a welcome development, as we’ve seen from other regions of the world that cases can decline only to start rising again. A rapid survey by WHO revealed that 41 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have reported disruptions to such services. It is of great concern to find that just when people with hypertension and other chronic conditions need support the most, many are being left out in the cold.
He rounded off urging various medical facilities not to neglect patients with other conditions on account of COVID-19.