Following the concerns over a third wave of the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Southern part of Africa, Nigeria has placed a travel ban on some South African countries which include; South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda, Namibia and Uganda. This was made known in a statement by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), on Monday in which he noted the rise in COVID-19 in these countries, making it imminent to place a travel ban.
Boss Mustapha also noted that Abuja has extended the travel ban placed on travelers in Turkey, Brazil and India for an additional four (4) weeks. Recall that on May 4th ,2021, Nigeria placed a travel ban on India, Brazil and Turkey due to concerns over the surge in number of COVID-19 cases in these countries.
Nigeria recorded the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in February, 2020 and the latest COVID-19 statistics as at June 2021 revealed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) show that there are over 166, 730 confirmed cases out of which 163,985 have been discharged. A total of 2,300,266 samples have also been tested since the outbreak of the virus in the country in February, 2020.