As many countries have placed travel ban on visitors from the United States of America and Italy, two of the worse-hit countries by the pandemic coronavirus, the Minister of the Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has said that Nigeria is not closing her borders against the US and Europe, because the Federal Ministry of Health is doing a fantastic job at combating Coronavirus.
While Nigeria is not willing to shut borders against visitors, countries like Ghana and Kenya have closed their borders to travellers from high prone countries like the USA and Italy.
Nigerians on social media asked the minister why the Federal Government has not placed a travel ban on visitors from Europe and the US and explaining why the government has kept its borders open despite Coronavirus, Aregbesola said the Federal Ministry of Health is doing a fantastic job at combating the virus, adding that if and when it becomes necessary for Nigeria to close its borders, appropriate advice will be given to that effect.
Responding to a tweet, Aregbesola tweeted, “The @Fmohnigeria is leading Nigeria’s efforts on combating Coronavirus and they are doing a fantastic job at it. According to yesterday’s briefing from the minister, @DrEOEhanire, Nigeria will continue to monitor incoming travelers and select those that are fit for secondary screening. If and when the time comes for Nigeria to lock up our borders, appropriate advice will be given to that effect.
“For now, let us trust the professionals handling the job and continue to maintain high personal hygiene and other measures, as advised by the Federal Ministry of Health.”
Nigeria’s first index case was unveiled on February 27, when a 44-year old Italian came into the country on business and tested positive to the virus.