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Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by oshozondii: 11:05am On Nov 28, 2021
Following the outbreak of a new strain of COVID-19 in South Africa and the travel restrictions imposed on Southern African countries by several countries, concerns have been raised over the proposed visit of the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, to Nigeria.

Barring any last-minute change, President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to receive Ramaphosa and other top government functionaries of his administration, who are scheduled to undertake a three-day visit to Nigeria between November 29 and December 1.

South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases had revealed that there were 22 positive cases linked to the new strain of COVID-19, adding that the percentage testing positive was “increasing quickly”.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared the strain identified as B.1.1.529 as a “variant of concern” and named it “Omicron.”

The heavily-mutated new variant has so far been detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong.

This development has prompted the ban of travellers from Southern African countries by the 27-member European Union (EU), and the United States, Britain, Canada, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and UAE.

The EU’s executive “will propose, in close coordination with member states, to activate the emergency brake to stop air travel from the southern African region due to the variant of concern B.1.1.529,” EU chief, Ursula Von der Leyen, had tweeted on Friday.

The EU countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

The US announced on Friday that it would be restricting travel from eight southern African countries over fears of the new variant, which some had expected to be named Nu but which has now been dubbed Omicron.

Travel would be mostly banned starting Monday (tomorrow) from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi, a senior official in President Joe Biden’s administration, had reportedly said

However, only US citizens and permanent residents will still be able to travel from the eight countries.

Canada also banned travellers from seven African countries – Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe – over concerns about the variant.

The United Kingdom had also placed South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, and Zimbabwe on its red list, which means that direct flights from the six countries were banned from Friday until Sunday (today) at 4 am.

Passengers arriving from these countries from today, at 4 am, would have to book and pay for a government-approved hotel quarantine facility for 10 days.

Ramaphosa’s planned visit has raised concerns in Nigeria following the new strain of COVID-19.

“What is the federal government’s dilemma over the visit? Is Nigeria going to receive the South African President and other officials when other countries are banning travellers from South Africa? Is the federal government going to tell them not to come? Under what structure are they going to come?” a top official of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) queried.

The visit will be President Ramaphosa’s first visit to Nigeria in his official capacity as the substantive president since he was elected some three years ago.

He had visited Nigeria in 2018, as the acting president, following the exit of former President Jacob Zuma from office.

There are about 120 South African firms in Nigeria, including the telecommunication giant, MTN, DSTV whose parent company, Multichoice, remains the number one leading player in the cable TV ecosystem in the country.

However, only a few Nigerian firms are operating in South Africa.

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2021/11/28/new-covid-19-strain-concerns-mount-over-planned-visit-of-ramaphosa-to-nigeria/

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by funshint(m): 11:25am On Nov 28, 2021
I just like that South African president's name..."Ramaphosa". It sounds powerful like "Ramses"

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by yanabasee2: 11:37am On Nov 28, 2021
Whenever I read about Omicron, it reminds me of France president...


This Omicron is to make some people to cash out big time....

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by Nathphil(m): 3:22pm On Nov 28, 2021
Nothing new. This is Nigeria and he is not the first South African to visit Nigeria since the onset of omicron

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by revived: 3:23pm On Nov 28, 2021
E go be

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by specialmati(m): 3:23pm On Nov 28, 2021
cool cool cool
Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by articlewriter: 3:23pm On Nov 28, 2021
Buhari the veggy

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by whytediamond(m): 3:23pm On Nov 28, 2021
Be like him come drop Omicron?

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by ShitHead(m): 3:23pm On Nov 28, 2021
This is a Full Container Load of Omicron.

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by Cosmatikka: 3:24pm On Nov 28, 2021
He shouldn't come pls, Instead Bubu should visit him let's see whether omicron will make Nigerians smile

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by Olam09(m): 3:24pm On Nov 28, 2021
Okay, watch out and see if they'll not record a case of the new covid 19 variant before the second week of December. Foolish people

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by BigSarah(f): 3:24pm On Nov 28, 2021
Omicron is Baloney

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by manee2(m): 3:24pm On Nov 28, 2021
sad
Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by money121(m): 3:24pm On Nov 28, 2021
Ok
Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by ojun50(m): 3:24pm On Nov 28, 2021
Why you dey fear na you won received am

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by NaijaCuzin: 3:24pm On Nov 28, 2021
Is he the only south African citizen that has visited Nigeria of recent?

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by inoki247: 3:26pm On Nov 28, 2021
lol
Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by chaseblack(m): 3:26pm On Nov 28, 2021
Hmm
What's the point of cancelling Ramaphosa's visit when you allow regular flights to and fro from South Africa.
No logic and doesn't make sense.

But those making the decisions no dey think anyways na REACT dem sabi.

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by KingsizeD(m): 3:27pm On Nov 28, 2021
If Nigeria is a sane country the dumb visit should be halted.

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by Temisia(f): 3:28pm On Nov 28, 2021
cool
Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by Galileopapi(m): 3:28pm On Nov 28, 2021
If this happens Nigeria would be placed on watchlist if this meeting goes on

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by visijo(m): 3:29pm On Nov 28, 2021
Beards without money it's just another type of Grass!

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by bluefilm: 3:29pm On Nov 28, 2021
Who is naming all these SCAMdemic variants?

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by naija1stnigar(m): 3:29pm On Nov 28, 2021
Mr. Ramaphosa we are expecting you to come and share the new invention to Our Aso Rock principal and also the likes of Lai Mohammed, Garba sheu, Femi Adeshina, Abubakar Malami so that our dear country can sing for joy after their incarceration.

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by anthonyuncle(m): 3:29pm On Nov 28, 2021
these our politicians will do anything to enlarge their purse

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Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by ollybasa: 3:30pm On Nov 28, 2021
funshint:
I just like that South African president's name..."Ramaphosa". It sounds powerful like "Ramses"
buy the name now.
Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by badoh(m): 3:31pm On Nov 28, 2021
I know Nigerian govt always proved stubborn. They act as if everything g is under control and no cause for alarm. Is Buhari more sensible and proactive than other countries that have placed a travel restrictions on the affected countries?
Re: Omicron: Concerns Mount Over Cyril Ramaphosa's Visit To Nigeria by Ultimus: 3:31pm On Nov 28, 2021
Can't these people use Zoom or Google meet like the rest of us?

They use jets that contribute to global warming, yet preach that their government will make a change. Now there's a pandemic and they can't even use teleconferencing or videoconferencing to hold their fruitless meetings?

Hypocrites.

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