Fearful concerning the mutated pressure of COVID-19 manifesting itself in the UK, the Federal Authorities says it might impose a journey ban to and from sure elements of the world.
The Minister of Data and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja at a Particular Discussion board of the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN).
Mohammed, a member of the Presidential Job Pressure (PTF) on COVID-19, mentioned whereas the federal government appreciates the detrimental financial influence of one other lockdown, it could not rule out restriction on motion to and from sure elements of the world.
“We’re extra involved concerning the new pressure of COVID-19 which is manifesting itself within the UK; that’s the mutated pressure.
“It’s tough to detect, it spreads quicker and folks have been recognized to die of it inside a really brief interval of its detection.
“This can be a main concern to us as a rustic.
“Whereas I don’t wish to pre-empt the PTF as a result of we’re assembly this afternoon, it’ll be prime on the agenda of our discussions.
“I can’t be stunned if that would be the suggestion of the committee which is assembly later at present,’’ he mentioned.
The minister added: “This season, many college students are coming from the UK specifically, to come back and be part of their households in Nigeria.
“In addition to, lots of our folks, due to the standard hyperlink we have now with UK, could wish to go there for enterprise or household re-union.
“It’s a very testy time and it is perhaps one other harmful interval to transmit this new variant of COVID-19.”
The minister famous that many European international locations had banned flights to and from the UK.
In accordance with Mohammed, the Federal Authorities is not going to hesitate in giving the directive if it’s the solely approach Nigerians could be shielded from the agony of the brand new variant of COVID-19.
In addition to measures to stop the importation of the brand new pressure of COVID-19, the minister mentioned authorities was frightened concerning the spike in infections within the final couple of days.
He enjoined Nigerians to adjust to the advisory being often issued by the PTF, together with using face masks, compliance with social distancing protocols and common washing of palms with cleaning soap and water.
The minister additionally urged Nigerians to chorus from native or worldwide travels besides if completely crucial.