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Covid-19: Impose restrictions on travelers from China – Falana

As the wave of Covid-19 pandemic continues to increase in China,  the Chair, Alliance on Surviving Covid-19 and Beyond(ASCAB), Mr Femi Falana SAN has called on the Federal Government to impose restrictions on passengers arriving from China to Nigeria.

The Chinese government in recent weeks have reported an increase in the surge of Covid-19 which has reached an increase of 5000 daily. Falana therefore urges government not to wait till the situation becomes overwhelming before doing the needful.

He said: “It is public knowledge that there has been a COVID-19 surge in China in the last few weeks. The Chinese authorities have been reporting about 5,000 cases a day. Some analysts have said that the crisis has been underreported by the Chinese Government;

The development has compelled many countries to impose restrictions on passengers arriving from China. As usual, the federal government has not adopted any measure to prevent the spread of the dangerous disease through travellers arriving in Nigeria from China;

In view of the rickety health care delivery system in the country the federal government should, as a matter of urgency, make it mandatory for passengers arriving in Nigeria from China to produce a negative COVID-19 test taken not more than two days prior to departure;

A stitch in time saves nine, as they say. The government should not wait until the nation’s healthcare is overwhelmed by the pandemic before taking the necessary scientific steps to prevent another upsurge of coronavirus infection”, he concluded.

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