As the coronavirus outbreak spreads, the Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus (PTF-COVID19) led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, announced a number of decisions:
— The general public is strongly advised to cancel or postpone all non-essential travel – whether business or pleasure – abroad, especially to “high-risk countries.”
These high-risk countries include the following:
— ALL official travel by public officials and civil servants is hereby banned “until further notice.” Approvals previously granted for such travel are accordingly rescinded.
— Everyone traveling/returning to Nigeria from abroad is urged to strictly self-isolate for 14 days in their homes. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has today issued guidelines for self-isolation; these will be widely publicized.
— Everyone traveling/returning to Nigeria from countries with high Community Transmission Rates (especially countries with 1,000 cumulative cases and above) will be actively followed up for 14 days by the Health Authorities.
— The federal government urges the general public to maintain social distancing and avoid crowded places.
— The government of Nigeria will continue to follow all emerging scenarios and provide updates on a continuous basis.