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18 août 2020 | 04h17 UTC

Nigeria: Airports to reopen for international flights from August 29 /update 35

Nigeria Alerte de sécurité

Aviation authorities announced the reopening of airports for international flights from August 29; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 18/8/2020, 12h00 until 31/8/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Nigeria

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Event

Nigerian aviation authorities announced on Monday, August 17, that airports will reopen for international flight operations from August 29. The country's airports have been closed since March 23. Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika further announced that four flights would be landing in Lagos and Abuja daily once the reopening commences, however, strict hygiene and social distancing measures will be in place. Passengers on international flights will be required to provide a negative coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test and will have to fill in an online health questionnaire to present to authorities once they have landed. Domestic flights previously resumed on July 8.

As of Tuesday, August 18, authorities have confirmed a total of 49,485 COVID-19 cases with 977 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term 

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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