Nigeria is considering a ban on flights from the United Kingdom and other countries with the new strain of COVID-19.
This hint was given by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, during a news briefing on Monday in Abuja.
Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said a lot of discussion was going on over the issue.
Several countries have banned flies to and fro the United Kingdom, which has a greater percentage of those with the new strains of COVID-19.
Some countries have shut their land, sea and air entry points, including Saudi Arabia.
Mustapha said on Monday that Nigeria was also considering this in conjunction with the World Health Organisation.
He said: “A lot of discussion is still going on around the calls for the restriction of international travels due to the discovery of new strains of the virus in certain countries.
“The PTF, Aviation and health authorities including the WHO, are assessing the situation closely and would take a position as soon as cogent scientific basis are established.
“The protection of Nigerians remains our primary concern and we reassure Nigerians of our resolve not to relent.”
The Federal Government has also raised concern over the failure of international travellers to test for COVID-19 after entering the country.
Mustapha, who said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved all the measures being considered to curb the rising figure of Coronavirus Disease, said: “Where applicable, the PTF shall also implement these authorisations.
“For example, it shall work with the Nigeria Immigration Service to impose sanctions on all in-bound travellers who violated the travel protocols and endangered the lives of their loved ones and other citizens by refusing to take the post-arrival test.”