Nigeria suspends 2,000 passports over COVID-19 breaches

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The Nigerian government says it has suspended the passports of more than 2,000 Nigerians and foreigners living in the country.

The 2000 individuals are accused of intentionally evading COVID-19 tests upon returning to Nigeria, as well as violating COVID-19 prevention protocols.

Dr. Mukhtar Mohammed, the national incident manager of the presidential steering committee says that the passports would remain suspended for a year.

As the country anticipates the third wave of infections, Mohammed says surveillance systems have been improved at airports, seaports, and land borders with an emphasis placed on travelers arriving from what are seen as high-risk countries

People arriving from places such as India, South Africa, Brazil, and Turkey are expected to be in quarantine for 14 days at government-approved facilities.