Health authorities in Nigeria have announced an entry ban for non-Nigerian passengers who have been in Brazil, India or Turkey in the last fourteen days due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus in those three nations.

A statement by Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, threatened that any airline who failed to comply with the directive shall pay a mandatory penalty of $3,500.

It also said Nigerians and permanent residents who have been in those countries in the last 14 days will have to undergo mandatory quarantine for a week in a government-approved facility on arrival.

The statemement sets validity period of pre-boarding COVID-19 PCR test for all Nigeria-bound passengers to 72 hours,a reduction from the previous 96 hours,“henceforth PCR test results older than 72hours before departure shall not be accepted.”

Nigeria has so far reported over 165,000 cases of Covid-19 and 2,063 deaths.

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