THE Nigerian Senate has partially closed its activities to members of the public to safeguard the National Assembly Complex from coronavirus.
Ahmad Lawan, Senate president, made the announcement at the plenary after a one-hour closed session, stating that all forms of public hearing and excursion of students to the Senate have been suspended till further notice.
he also closed its gallery where journalists and members of the public, usually converge to observe plenary proceedings.
The Senates’ action comes after the death of an American, who was the first coronavirus patient in Ekiti State.
Realnews reports that because of the spread of the coronavirus, the federal government of Nigeria is restricting entry into the country for travelers from 13 countries – China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Switzerland. These are all countries with over 1,000 cases domestically.
The government has also said that all persons arriving in Nigeria who might have visited these countries will be subjected to supervised self-isolation and testing for 14 days.
The government has temporarily suspended the issuance of all visas on arrival.
The government is also counseling all Nigerians to cancel or postpone all non-essential travels to these countries.
The government urges public health authorities of countries with a high burden to conduct diligent departure screening of passengers and also endorses these travel advisories to their nationals to postpone travels to Nigeria.
These restrictions will come into effect from Saturday, March 21 and will be reviewed after four weeks.
– Mar. 19, 2020 @ 13:19 GMT |