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FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by BeeBeeOoh(m): 11:27am On Dec 06, 2021
• Between Nov 22 and Nov 28, 67 inbound passengers tested positive – NCDC

• United Kingdom suspends Nigerians’ visa applications as restriction begins

• US demands COVID-19 negative test from travellers, shuns vaccination status


The Federal Government on Sunday ruled out the possibility of restricting foreign travellers from visiting Nigeria despite travel bans on the country by Canada, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

This is just as the government stated that most of the in-bound passengers that tested positive for COVID-19 were from the UK.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said this on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme on Sunday which was monitored by The PUNCH.

Ehanire described as unfortunate the knee-jerk reaction of some countries to the Omicron strain. He noted that even the World Health Organisation had said recently that countries should focus more on collaboration rather than shutting borders.

“At the moment we have no plans restricting anybody coming from another country,” he said.

The PUNCH reports that the WHO had two weeks ago designated the omicron variant as a variant of concern.The NCDC had last week announced that the country had reported three cases of the variant. Before this, the Canadian government had announced that it found two individuals with the variant who had travel history to Nigeria.

The UK on Saturday night also announced that it found 21 cases of the omicron variant which were linked to Nigeria. It announced that it would, from Monday (today), restrict all flights emanating from Nigeria.

It also suspended all pending visa applications in Nigeria due to the ban on flights from Nigeria due to the Omicron variant.

In a statement on Sunday, the commission said, “To support the UK Government’s aim to protect public health from COVID-19 and associated variants of concern, UK Visas and Immigration will pause making decisions on visitor visa applications in all red list countries, including Nigeria, until travel restrictions are lifted.

“If you apply for a visit visa in a red list country and you meet the UK Immigration Rules, your application will be paused. You will not receive a decision on your visit visa application whilst red list travel restrictions remain in place. You will not be able to request a refund of your visa fee once you have given your biometrics at a Visa Application Centre. If you already hold a valid visit visa and are intending to travel to England as a visitor from a red list country, you will not be allowed to enter.”

The UK said there are only very limited exemptions to travel and entry requirements for critical workers and medical and compassionate cases.”

But the minister said the Omicron strain could not yet be declared as a deadly strain because no deaths had so far been recorded across the world.

“We are watching what the science community is saying and of course not rushing to judgment and we are also not applauding any lockdowns or any prohibitions or banning of flights or movement of people until we know more.

“We believe that the harm it will do to livelihoods and economies may be more that the perceived value that will be derived from shutting movement between countries. I believe countries should come together to take a common approach and that includes the UK and other countries contemplating a red list,” Ehanire added.

When asked why there was a large number of outbound Nigerian passengers testing positive abroad despite testing negative in Nigeria, Ehanire admitted that indeed, some fake test results were being presented by passengers.

The minister said the government had tightened its mechanism for spotting fake results and vaccination cards.

He, however, argued that the development was not peculiar to Nigeria, adding that most of the inbound passengers that tested positive in Nigeria were actually from the UK.

“Because of the very large volume of travellers from the UK, we also have the most positive COVID-19 virus coming from the UK too,” the minister said.

When asked if anyone had been prosecuted for presenting a fake vaccination certificate or test result, Ehanire explained that the normal procedure was to quarantine such people before handing them over to the police. He admitted that he never followed up to know what happened to such people

Ehanire said the government was exploring the option of setting up vaccination centres at supermarkets and worship centres.

The minister added that the government was looking at vaccinating at least 70 per cent of the population against coronavirus.

He stated that Nigeria had about 100 million doses which would be delivered to the country in phases.

On the possibility of vaccine production, Ehanire said the Federal Government was seriously looking towards that, adding that it would be a collaborative effort with the private sector.

Regarding the possible spike in COVID-19 infections during the Yuletide, Ehanire said the government would continue to encourage non-pharmaceutical interventions like wearing of masks, social distancing and use of hand sanitisers.

When asked if Nigeria was already facing another wave of COVID-19 infections, he responded in the affirmative, adding that the 4th wave had been predicted long ago and this may just be it.

Ehanire stated, “We had the so-called third wave already with the Delta variant. This is what we are looking at as the 4th wave and it was predicted as far back as a month ago that there might be a 4th wave in Nigeria and perhaps the world and it is already accurately manifesting. We hope it doesn’t get to be that and if it becomes the 4th wave, it will not be deadly to our citizens.”

Between Nov 22 and Nov 28, 67 inbound passengers tested positive – NCDC report

Meanwhile, more inbound passengers are testing positive to COVID-19, an analysis of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s weekly situation report has shown.

The report obtained from the NCDC website on Sunday indicated that positivity rate among inbound travellers had increased by 74.6 per cent.

It was also gathered that 48 out of the 94 test centres for inbound persons of interest had not sent in reports of persons tested for three weeks.According to the NCDC, in its latest situation report, a total of 17 inbound passengers tested positive between November 15 and November 21.

It however added that between November 22 and November 28, a total of 67 passengers tested positive signifying a 74.6 per cent increase.

Meanwhile, The PUNCH also observed that 48 laboratories meant to test inbound passengers failed to submit test results to the NCDC.

Our correspondents who monitored the trends from the beginning of November observed that while other laboratories sent test results, the 48 laboratories consistently failed to submit reports.

The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 had made preparations for the testing of inbound passengers of interest. Recently, the PSC had accused some passengers of continually shunning testing.

Also, the NCDC maintained on its website that only three people had so far tested positive for the new Omicron COVID-19 strain despite the fact that at least 23 travellers from Nigeria tested positive in the United Kingdom and Canada.

The development came just as Canada stated that it would no longer accept any PCR test that was conducted in Nigeria. The development comes just days after Canada barred persons from Nigeria from visiting the country.

An inquiry sent to the NCDC on Sunday had not yet been responded to as of press time.

A travel advisory on its website read in part, “Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and people with status under the Indian Act who have been in these countries—Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe—in the 14 days before travel to Canada will be required to: Obtain, within 72 hours of departure, a valid negative COVID-19 molecular test in a third country before continuing their journey to Canada.”

US demands negative test from travellers regardless of vaccination status

In a related development, the United States has said all travellers two years and older must present negative test results before boarding a flight, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship.

The US Centre for Disease Control in an updated travel advisory said the passengers’ test results should be taken no more than one day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight.

The regulation, updated on December 2, amended its October 25, 2021 Order, titled, ‘Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States.’

It takes effect from December 6.

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by meolaniyi(m): 11:34am On Dec 06, 2021
This country has useless and intelligent people in the government. You were busy claiming the Omicron variant of Covid has been existence in Nigeria before any other country you did not realize you were scamming yourself.

Do you think the format you were using to scam the world is still obtainable

There is no reward for stupidity and unfortunately, ordinary Nigerians are paying the price.

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by NotBeenPaid: 11:34am On Dec 06, 2021

And the borrower can't reciprocate the ban because they're so indebted to the lender.

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by JackDaAlienz(m): 11:34am On Dec 06, 2021
Pastor Adeboye, Pastor Chris with his atmosphere of miracles couldn't cure COVID.
They had to hide till lockdown was over till they continue doing SCAM miracles.

Now OMICRON has arrived, I expect them Men of Scam to go into hiding again and wait for vaccine to cure it so they can start running their Circus called Church..

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by henry4991(m): 11:34am On Dec 06, 2021
Nonsense
Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by ROTTWEILER007: 11:34am On Dec 06, 2021
Omicron

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by DIIGZ(m): 11:35am On Dec 06, 2021
Since most invested are from UK why not ban them first

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by Competence5050(m): 11:35am On Dec 06, 2021
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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by HEBEI: 11:35am On Dec 06, 2021
Make i see how Buhari go take enter UK soon undecided

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by TalkTalkTwins(m): 11:35am On Dec 06, 2021
Gbas gbos


Naija na land for everyone.
No bans, no restrictions.

I wish we'll begin blacklisting countries the way they do us

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by iwaeda: 11:35am On Dec 06, 2021
BeeBeeOoh:
• Between Nov 22 and Nov 28, 67 inbound passengers tested positive – NCDC

• United Kingdom suspends Nigerians’ visa applications as restriction begins

• US demands COVID-19 negative test from travellers, shuns vaccination status





https://punchng.com/fg-faults-british-travel-ban-alleges-most-infected-travellers-from-uk/

Let our government retaliate. Hope Buhari is not shocked he can not enter UK now grin grin grin

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by Jostoman: 11:35am On Dec 06, 2021
Once they hear travel ban naso their body go dey shake. grin

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by Dewdesign: 11:35am On Dec 06, 2021
DIIGZ:
Since most invested are from UK why not ban them first
Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by olola4(m): 11:36am On Dec 06, 2021
They are teaching us what to do incase of next time.
Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by hope4nigeria(m): 11:36am On Dec 06, 2021
Did UK ban Nigeria? What is special about this UK sef.

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by mhktaryan(m): 11:37am On Dec 06, 2021
grin
Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by Guyman02: 11:37am On Dec 06, 2021
Now Africans are realising that the Western countries don't care much about us, whenever they come preaching freedom and democracy refer them to the freedoms they brought to Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan etc. The racism they have packaged for years can no longer be hidden.
Imagine if Covid had originated from Africa and not China, by now no one would have been allowed out of Africa and Buhari for rest from juncketing from one country to another

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by abhosts(m): 11:37am On Dec 06, 2021
So they were expecting awards from Britain after grandstanding that Nigeria has Omicron?

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by Jostoman: 11:38am On Dec 06, 2021
[quote author=Dewdesign post=108259538][/quote]I tire o
Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by wunmi590(m): 11:38am On Dec 06, 2021
cool
Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by justosee: 11:38am On Dec 06, 2021
Africa, a continent filled with low self-esteem people. Now they are banning you for a disease that originated from them.

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by mediainc: 11:39am On Dec 06, 2021
First they are the ones suffering from these virus, we are just spreading fear here, it's the way we copy them, even in things we have no business with, that is why they treat us with such disdain.

How many infected people do we have in Nigeria?

Our numbers are too low for all these fuss on covid, we have more pressing issues. Black man emancipate yourself from slavery,. mental slavery.

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by Esseite: 11:39am On Dec 06, 2021
The plan all along was to ostracize Africa.

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by olaric(m): 11:39am On Dec 06, 2021
The Federal Government is pained by the UK ban because it will affect most top officials including [maybe] grandpa Buhari. If that is not the case, why are they not spitting fire when the US announced its own restrictions?

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by mbahdi(m): 11:40am On Dec 06, 2021
Mumu fg
Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by Oyiboman69: 11:42am On Dec 06, 2021
Nonsense....

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by FuckOsuPigs: 11:43am On Dec 06, 2021
Ifoti olooyi. When are going to start banning other countries? Nigeria has become a punching bag.

SMH

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Re: FG Faults British Travel Ban, Alleges Most Infected Travellers From UK by BleedTears: 11:43am On Dec 06, 2021
mediainc:
First they are the ones suffering from these virus, we are just spreading fear here, it's the way we copy them, even in things we have no business with, that is why they treat us with such disdain.

How many infected people do we have in Nigeria?

Our numbers are too low for all these fuss on covid, we have more pressing issues. Black man emancipate yourself from slavery,. mental slavery.
You said it all. First time in history that the ineffectiveness of a medicine is being blamed on those who haven't taken it.

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