A file picture of an Emirates airline aircraft. The returning Nigerians are anticipated to reach by way of an Emirates flight.
A chartered aircraft conveying Nigerian returnees from the United Arab Emirates has made a U-turn after a pregnant lady reportedly went into labour.
The Chairman of the Nigerian in Diaspora Fee, Abike Dabiri-Erewa confirmed this to Channels TV.
The aircraft, which was scheduled to reach at three pm is now anticipated to land on the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport at 7 pm.
After weeks of delay, the primary batch of Nigerians caught overseas amid the coronavirus pandemic have been anticipated within the nation at the moment.
The Emirates flight is predicted to be the primary of a minimum of two different flights scheduled to evacuate Nigerians inside 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 residence, overseas affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama mentioned on Monday.
Coming into isolation
The returning Nigerians are anticipated to be quarantined for 14 days in choose inns on their arrival, the overseas ministry mentioned on Tuesday.
The quarantine is required to make sure the coronavirus-status of each returnee is ascertained.
The overseas ministry mentioned it has made preparations for lodge lodging in Lagos and Abuja, which shall be used to quarantine the incoming residents.
The inns 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 mentioned.
A world pandemic halts all
The evacuations have develop into vital because the coronavirus pandemic continues to brush by way of the world.
The novel coronavirus has killed a minimum of 254,532 folks for the reason that outbreak first emerged in China final December, in accordance with a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Tuesday.
The virus has notably ravaged the airline business, 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 residence.
America has evacuated a minimum of 1,000 People 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 accordance with Minister Onyeama.