The federal government has expressed worry about the huge COVID increases in certain countries with which the country has a high volume of human traffic.
Minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire who disclosed this on Thursday, said 22 persons have so far tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19), among the 1,473 persons of interest tested since the reopening of the nation’s international airspace.
“The Federal Ministry of Health therefore wishes to advise Nigerians against non-essential travel to high burden countries. I wish to specially solicit that all travelers cooperate with border authorities to protect our people and also our health system from stress.
The Minister further noted that “our testing and tracing capabilities have improved a lot, such that virtually every state has least one laboratory that has increased our daily testing capacity to about 3,500.
“We are, however, testing well below that capacity, because laboratories are receiving fewer samples than they could handle, leaving some partners to doubt our reports. I therefore appeal to state governments to improve on sample collection and capacity utilisation.
“All persons with COVID evocative symptoms, or who may have come in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case should please submit themselves for testing,”the minister said.
Sirika also stated that out of the passengers who have returned since the opening of the airspace, 27 persons have been found to have fake COVID-19 test results or none at all.
He said that the airlines that brought them in would face the penalty as stipulated before reopening of the airspace.
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