Nigeria bans travelers from India, Brazil and Turkey over COVID-19 fears

A woman wears a protective mask due to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, March 19, 2020. REUTERS / Temilade Adelaja

Nigeria will ban travelers from India, Brazil and Turkey over concerns over the rampant spread of the coronavirus in those countries, a presidential committee said on Sunday.

“Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who have visited Brazil, India or Turkey within fourteen (14) days prior to their trip to Nigeria will be refused entry to Nigeria,” Boss Mustapha , chairman of the presidential steering committee on COVID-19, said in a statement.

The ban will take effect from May 4, the statement said.

Nigeria announced 43 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, bringing its total to 165,153, with 2,063 deaths.

Indian hospitals, morgues and crematoriums have been overwhelmed as the country has reported more than 300,000 cases daily for more than 10 consecutive days. Many families have been left on their own to find medicine and oxygen.

In Brazil, new cases of the coronavirus fell from a peak in late March, but remain high by historical standards. The total number of deaths in the country comes right after the United States.

Turkey on Thursday imposed a “full lockdown” nationwide, until May 17, to curb the surge in coronavirus infections and deaths, with the world’s fourth highest number of cases and worst per capita among the great nations.

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