Nigeria extends flight ban amid COVID-19 pandemic

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A security official screening a man during an evacuation of EU (European Union) citizens members includes Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Greece, Ireland, among others, as the Federal Government had restricted flights from some of these countries identified as high-risk C9OVID-19 places before finally shutting all international airports in the country, in Lagos, Nigeria April 9, 2020. Following the Nigerian government approval the states lockdown was imposed, to contain the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, by Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari to cushion the effect of a two-week lockdown.
FILE PHOTO: A security official screening a man during an evacuation of EU (European Union) citizens members, before finally shutting all international airports in the country, in Lagos, Nigeria. (Getty Images)

Airports in Nigeria will remain closed for an additional four weeks as part of the measures to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, the government said on Wednesday.

The extension is the second since March 23 when the Nigerian government suspended all of its commercial flights.

Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, said the federal government decided to extend the flight ban after due consultation.

“We have assessed the situation in the aviation industry and have come to the conclusion that given the facts available to us and based on the advice of experts, the ban on all flights will be extended for an additional four weeks,” Mustapha said.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control announced on Wednesday that the country has recorded 3,145 case of COVID-19 with 103 deaths.

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