COVID-19: FG Closes Three Airports, Adds Sweden, Austria To Restricted Countries

 COVID-19: FG Closes Three Airports, Adds Sweden, Austria To Restricted Countries

The Federal Government has ordered the shutdown of three international airports in the country to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The FG has also added Austria and Sweden to the list of high-risk countries restricted from entering Nigeria over the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Musa Nuhu,  the three airports include Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano; Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu; and the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

The three airports will be closed from March 21, 2020.

The Director-General of the NCAA, who made the disclosure on Thursday, however,  said the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos would still be open but no flight operations will be allowed from the 13 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) high-risk countries.

In a similar development the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, stated at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday, that Austria and Sweden have been added to the list of high-risk countries restricted from entering Nigeria over the coronavirus pandemic.

Austria and Sweden has now joined 13 other countries that had already been restricted from entering Nigeria due to the high rate of coronavirus cases reported in the respective countries.

The 13 countries are China, Iran, South Korea, Germany, Italy, United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, France, and Japan.

CHRISTIANA DAN

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