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Africa News of Thursday, 5 March 2020


Nigeria tightens coronavirus entry formalities at Lagos airport

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Nigeria airport officials are on high alert trying to contain any possible spread of the coronavirus as passengers arrive at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

The airport health officials could be seen meticulously browsing through medical forms completed by passengers on Wednesday, with special interest on Chinese nationals aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa.

Nigeria so far has recorded one case in late February when an Italian man tested positive.

Authorities are continuing to trace all possible contacts.

“Governments should work very hard in prevention because this (COVID-19) has no any treatment, there is no vaccine, there is no medication, there’s no drug, so the prevention is the most important,” Molalegne Bitew, Ethiopian Airlines passenger said.

A Nigerian who arrived in Lagos aboard the Ethiopian Airlines flight said she was scared at the prospect of having to sit in a middle seat and asked to change her seat.

Ijeoma Nwachukwu told journalists: “Yeah at first it freaks me like; my seat today I was placed in the middle, I didn’t want to sit there so I have to change because of being scared of the virus, but mostly it’s God that protects. Avoiding? You don’t know how it comes.”

People have been urged to improve personal hygiene and avoid crowded places in light of the coronavirus but there are little air travellers can do to avoiding close human contact.

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