Connect with us

Metro

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

Published

on

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.

Metro

Zambian government moves to retrieve body of student killed while fighting in Russia-Ukraine war

Published

on

Zambian authorities have resolved to send a delegation to Russia next week to retrieve the body of a 23-year-old Zambian student, Lemekhani Nathan Nyirenda, who died while fighting for the Russian military in Ukraine.

Nyirenda’s family and the government are, however, still waiting for answers from Moscow on how he was recruited into the army while serving a nine-year prison sentence in Russia.

Spokesman for the Zambian Ministry of Information and Media, Thabo Kawana, who confirmed this in a statement on Saturday, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is spearheading efforts to bring the body of Nyirenda back to the country for burial.

“The government is also offering support during this trying moment and doing everything they can to arrange for the funeral and repatriation of the body back to Zambia,” Kawana said.

“Using our diplomatic channels and our all-weather cooperation between Russia and ourselves, we will be able to get to the bottom of this matter,” he added.

Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Stanley Kakubo, at a press conference earlier in the week, said that Nyirenda who had been studying at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, was serving a nine-year prison sentence for a drug offense.

He said Nyirenda was killed on the front lines in September, but Russian authorities only just informed Zambia of the death while Zambia is demanding answers over the student’s death and why he had been sent to Ukraine.

Continue Reading

Metro

Algerian court sentences 49 people to death for lynching citizen over forest fires

Published

on

An Algerian court has sentenced 49 people to death for lynching and burning a citizen, Jamal Ben Ismail, and mutilating his body in the Kabylia region after he was wrongly accused him of causing a vast forest fire in which over 90 people were killed, the Algerian Press Service reports.

However, according to the Algerian moratorium on executions enacted in 1993, the sentences would be concerted to life imprisonment terms.

The report by the APS on Friday said the Casablanca Court of First Instance in Algiers, also handed down judgements “ranging from ten to two years enforceable imprisonment against 28 defendants, in addition to fines ranging from 100 to 200,000 Algerian dinars, while it acquitted 17 other defendants.”

“All the accused were prosecuted on multiple charges, particularly the offence of committing “terrorist acts and subversion against the state security and national unity, involvement in deliberate and premeditated murder.

“Other charges were assault with violence against members of the public force, dissemination of hate speech and incitement to destroy the property of others and armed gathering,” according to the APS.

Local media reports that the then 38-years-old Ismail, had voluntarily gone to a town in Tizi Ouzou in the northwest of the country to help extinguish forest fires.

“When he learned that some of the town’s residents suspected him of being involved in setting fires because he was a stranger to the region, he rushed to hand himself to the police, however, a large crowd of angry citizens snatched him from the hands of the police, tortured him, burned him alive and mutilated his body,” a media report said.

Some videos circulated on social media showed crowds surrounding the police car where Ben Ismail was held, they then dragged him out and started beating him.

Continue Reading

EDITOR’S PICK

VenturesNow24 hours ago

Ivory Coast aims regional shipping hub, completes $953 million container terminal

West African country, Ivory Coast is making waves at becoming a regional shipping hub as it has completed construction of...

Metro1 day ago

Zambian government moves to retrieve body of student killed while fighting in Russia-Ukraine war

Zambian authorities have resolved to send a delegation to Russia next week to retrieve the body of a 23-year-old Zambian...

Metro1 day ago

Algerian court sentences 49 people to death for lynching citizen over forest fires

An Algerian court has sentenced 49 people to death for lynching and burning a citizen, Jamal Ben Ismail, and mutilating...

Culture1 day ago

Egyptian actress, Menna Shalaby, arrested for possession of drugs

Popular Egyptian actress, Menna Shalaby was on Friday, arrested at the Cairo International Airport for allegedly being in possession of...

Sports1 day ago

Qatar 2022: Tunisia’s World Cup hopes suffer setback after losing to Australia

Hopes of Tunisia making it out of Group D at the ongoing Qatar 2022 World Cup is now hanging in...

Tech1 day ago

MTN launches 5G network in Zambia

Pan-African mobile operator, MTN, has officially launched its 5G network in Zambia, after beginning a test run in January, making...

Musings From Abroad1 day ago

Transport cleaning staff in UK to join strike train over pay – union

As industrial actions continue to across the United Kingdom, cleaners have joined other transport workers to strike over pay in...

Strictly Personal1 day ago

Queen Nanny: Ghanaian woman who led liberation army in Jamaica by Owei Lakemfa

Nanny, a young Akan woman from present-day Ghana, born about 1686 was captured with her four brothers and sold into...

VenturesNow2 days ago

Ghana makes strong push to save currency, Cedi, orders mining companies to sell 20% stock

As part of its many initiatives to out of its current economic challenge, Ghana has ordered all large-scale mining companies...

Musings From Abroad2 days ago

Britain introduces policy to reduce influx of international students

Britain in an attempt to manage the influx of Africans into Europe has introduced plans to reduce the rate of...

Trending