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FG Issues Travel Advisory On India, South Africa, Turkey, Brazil

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A travel advisory has been issued to Nigerians travelling to countries that are recording a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Countries that the government has advised Nigerians to stay away from include South Africa, Brazil, and India where they largely go-to for medical tourism.

The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, formerly Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, also has warned Nigerians against shunning safety protocols against the virus, saying the pandemic was not over.

The National Incident Manager, PSC, Dr. Mukhtar Muhammad, spoke at the media briefing by the committee on Monday.

Muhammad said, “While we continue to reopen the economy, we must also be aware of the happenings around the globe. Mr. Chairman (Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha) and the Honourable Minister of Health (Prof. Osagie Ehanire) have made reference to specific incidents in India, Turkey, Brazil, and South Africa.

“We sympathise with the people of these countries because it is really a very trying time particularly for India that is recording over 300,000 cases a day and recording over 2,000 deaths.

“India is a prime destination for medical tourism for Nigeria. We know that many Nigerians like to travel – to go to India but now… we urge Nigerians to limit all travels to only essential travels, particularly to these affected countries.”

Muhammad noted that the safety guidelines regarding public spaces and mask-wearing still applied to public places such as supermarkets, malls, event centers, adding that “enforcement will continue to be observed and we will continue to monitor these places for violations.”

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