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Govt to conduct supervised isolation of all foreign arrivals to Nigeria



The Minster of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on Friday said all arrivals into the country will now have to observe supervised isolation in the face of the Coronavirus outbreak.

According to the minister, who spoke at a press briefing in Abuja where he gave updates on the efforts of the Federal Government in curtailing and managing the outbreak, the supervised isolation would be conducted by the Port Health Services and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control with an option of testing.

Ehanire also disclosed at the briefing that the Federal Government Friday had added Austria and Sweden to the list of countries with high-risk burden of coronavirus.

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This brings the total number of countries with restricted entry to 15.

He said: “According to our national case definition, we have identified two more high-risk countries, Austria and Sweden, who were added in the last 24 hours.

“We are also including COVID-19 testing in our routine surveillance for influenza-like illness.”

The minister further advised people who returned to the country to book hotel accommodation and isolate themselves if they had no conducive place to do so without making contact.

On the need for more testing centres, the minister revealed that government would activate new centres as soon as the needed machine arrive from a donor country in the Middle-East.

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