A file photograph of the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport.
The federal authorities has efficiently evacuated the primary batch of Nigerians caught overseas amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Wednesday, 265 Nigerians arrived in Lagos from Dubai on an Emirates Airline flight.
The Emirates flight is anticipated to be the primary of at the very least two different flights scheduled to evacuate Nigerians throughout the subsequent few days.
In response to the overseas ministry, discussions are ongoing with British Airways to airlift 300 Nigerians from London on Friday; preparations are additionally being made with Ethiopian airways for a flight from New York to Abuja subsequent Monday.
Over four,000 Nigerians are ready to be evacuated internationally again dwelling, overseas affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama stated on Monday.
Coming into isolation
The returning Nigerians are anticipated to be quarantined for 14 days in choose accommodations on their arrival, the overseas ministry stated on Tuesday.
The quarantine is required to make sure the coronavirus-status of each returnee is ascertained.
The overseas ministry stated it has made preparations for lodge lodging in Lagos and Abuja, which will probably be used to quarantine the incoming residents.
The accommodations have been inspected by the “Port Health Services, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Office of the National Security Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IPC,” the ministry stated.
A worldwide pandemic halts all
The evacuations have grow to be vital because the coronavirus pandemic continues to comb via the world.
The novel coronavirus has killed at the very least 254,532 individuals for the reason that outbreak first emerged in China final December, in response to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Tuesday.
The virus has notably ravaged the airline trade, with nations closing borders, forcing travellers to cancel journey plans.
Different nations have been within the information for evacuating their nationals from overseas soil again dwelling.
The USA has evacuated at the very least 1,000 Individuals from Nigeria for the reason that WHO declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic.
Nigeria’s efforts to evacuate residents from overseas has been hampered by a number of obstacles, together with the flexibility to safe quarantine amenities for the returnees on their arrival, in response to Minister Onyeama.