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Like Namibia, others, Nigeria lifts compulsory PCR tests for fully vaccinated travellers

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Nigeria has joined other African countries that have lifted Covid-19 compulsory tests for fully vaccinated inbound travellers, the Federal Government said on Monday.

The government of Nigeria says travellers are no longer required to take a pre-departure PCR COVID-19 test but would be subjected to a rapid antigen test at the airport by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) within the arrival hall of the airport free of charge.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha made the  disclosure at a National briefing of the Committee in Abuja.

He said, “The PSC has reviewed these situations around the world and applies such to the situation in Nigeria and have revised the International Travel Protocols, which should come into effect on Monday, 4th April, 2022 as follows.”

“Inbound (fully vaccinated) passengers arriving in Nigeria will no longer be required to take a pre-departure PCR COVID-19 Test.”

“On arrival, for fully vaccinated passengers, a sample will be taken at the airport for rapid antigen test by the NCDC within the arrival hall of the airport.”

Other African countries in recent weeks also announced major developments regarding situations surrounding Covid-19. Earlier this month, slamreportafrica.com reported that major cities in Morrocco are now rated green.  Last week, we also reported a presidential declaration in Namibia that wearing protective face masks in public and negative PCR tests for vaccinated visitors are no longer required.

In South Africa however, the country with the most Covid-19 cases and casualties in Africa with over 3.5 million confirmed cases have, Universities have announced that unvaccinated students and staff can only access online learning.

Back to Nigeria, passengers who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, according to Mr. Mustapha “shall take a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before departure, or do a Day 2 and day 7 test on arrival. Such passengers will be expected to pay for their PCR tests through the travel platform”

“Fully vaccinated passengers will not be charged for arrival rapid antigen tests at the airport”

“Rules that apply to fully vaccinated adults also apply to children aged 10 – 18 years; they will not be required to have pre-arrival PCR tests but will have a sample taken at the arrival hall but not charged”

According to Reuters, Nigeria reports 21 new infections on average each day with the highest daily average reported on December 27. There have been 255,103 infections and 3,142corona virus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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