Nigeria bans travelers from India, Brazil and Turkey over COVID-19 fears

A woman wears a face mask due to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, on March 19, 2020. REUTERS / Temilade Adelaja

Nigeria will ban travelers from India, Brazil and Turkey over concerns about the widespread spread of coronavirus in these countries, a presidential committee said on Sunday.

“Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who have visited Brazil, India or Turkey within fourteen (14) days of traveling to Nigeria will be refused entry into Nigeria,” said Boss Mustapha, chairman of the President’s Steering Committee on COVID-19. said in a statement.

The ban will take effect from May 4th, the statement said.

Nigeria announced 43 confirmed new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 165,153 with 2,063 deaths.

Indian hospitals, morgues and crematoriums have been overwhelmed as the country has reported more than 300,000 cases per day for more than 10 days in a row. Many families are left on their own to find medicine and oxygen.

In Brazil, new coronavirus cases have fallen from a peak in late March but remain high by historical standards. The total number of deaths in the country ranks second after the US.

Turkey on Thursday imposed a nationwide “total lockdown” that will last until May 17 to curb the spike in coronavirus infections and deaths. The fourth highest number of cases in the world and the worst per capita among the major nations.

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