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International flights: 22 travelers test positive to COVID-19

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has revealed that 22 persons have so far tested positive to Coronavirus (COVID-19), among the 1,473 persons of interest tested since the reopening of the nation’s international airspace.

Ehanire stated this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday in Abuja.

According to him, the 22 persons were among the passengers who recently returned from overseas.

He said, “We are especially worried about the huge COVID increases in certain countries with which we have a high volume of human traffic. The Federal Ministry of Health, therefore, wishes to advise Nigerians against non-essential travel to high burden countries. I wish to specially solicit that all travelers cooperate with border authorities to protect our people and also our health system from stress. We are obliged to reduce the risk of COVID importation to a minimum. As at 26th September, out of a total of 1,473 Persons of Interest (POI) tested across three laboratories in the FCT since the opening of the international travel air space, 22 tested positive.”

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