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COVID-19: FG places USA, Canada, South Africa, 11 others on watch list

NEWSMAN, Lagos – Federal government has placed 14 countries on watch list as part of measures to prevent a possible spread of the new COVID-19 variant.

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who disclosed this via his Twitter account on Wednesday, said the measure became necessary following the discovery of variants from banned countries within the country.

The affected countries are Canada, USA, France, Germany, Netherlands, Togo, Ghana, Cameroon, Angola, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

Nigerians returning from lesser hajj would have to undergo a compulsory seven-day self-isolation.

He noted that the state will not hesitate to prosecute anyone, irrespective of status, who fails to comply with the directive.

Abayomi added that the state has, however, developed a five-pillar strategy for curbing a potential third wave in Lagos, Daily Post reported.

“These include ensuring that all travelers carry out COVID-19 tests while we also introduce PCR tests to determine variants and mandatory seven-day quarantine”, he said.


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