FG imposes travel ban on 2,000 Nigerians, foreigners for evading COVID-19 test

The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19. [Image:NCDC]
ABUJA, Nigeria— Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has banned over 2,000 Nigerians and foreigners from traveling abroad and into the country for one year.

PSC says the embargo has been imposed on individuals who evaded the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at the country’s international airports.

The national incident manager of the PSC, Mukhtar Muhammad, made the revelation during a briefing on Monday in Abuja.

He said the names of the culprits had been sent to all the major medical facilities as well as suspending their passports.

“Let me assure you that so far we have published the list of over 2,000 people who evaded quarantine in our health facilities. And we have gone ahead to ensure that their passports are suspended, so, for every action there are consequences.” Muhammad said.

Meanwhile the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) Director-General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu emphasized the need to continue concerted efforts to sustain the COVID-19 response.

“For 19 months, the National Emergency Operations Centre on COVID-19 has been activated and colleagues continue to work every day, strategising on new ways to sustain the response. Said Dr. Ihekweazu.

“One of the greatest achievements in the COVID-19 response is that over 6 billion vaccines have been administered globally. Despite our late start in Nigeria, we are making progress with in-country vaccination efforts every day.”

Nigeria has 204,752 Covid-19 confirmed cases, discharged are 192,943, and total deaths 2,689, according to the official NCDC latest Covid-19 update.