The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has put all airline operators, Air Navigation Service Providers and Aerodrome Operators on alert over the outbreak of Coronavirus.
This is coming as the World Health Organisation on Wednesday convened an emergency meeting to determine whether it should be declared a Public Health Event of International Concern.
The NGF Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the end of the forum’s meeting held on Wednesday night in Abuja.
Members of the WHO Emergency Committee deliberated until late on Wednesday evening as they continue to study an outbreak of the new respiratory virus first identified in China, as cases continue to rise.
The health authorities around the world are scrambling to prevent a global pandemic.
The passenger of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link arrived in Hong Kong with signs of fever on Tuesday and was subsequently sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for checkups.
The information was contained in a public health advisory by the NCDC on Wednesday.
The Novel Coronavirus was first identified by Chinese researchers with the pathogen behind a mysterious illness that had sickened 59 people in Wuhan, a city of 11 million in central China.
Beijing has identified 440 patients carrying the virus across 13 Chinese provinces, said Li Bin, deputy director of the National Health Commission, according to state broadcaster CCTV.
Heathrow is Europe’s busiest airport and while the risk to the UK population still remains low, over 200,000 passengers pass through the UK hub each day, with 17 flights arriving from China at Heathrow on Wednesday.
Medical authorities in Wuhan, the central Chinese metropolis where the pneumonia was first identified in December, confirmed 136 new cases over the weekend, including a third death.
The emergence of the virus is raising concerns as hundreds of millions of people are getting ready to travel during the Chinese New Year holiday later this month.
He likened the new virus to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome that ravaged the world some years back, adding that vulnerable people, including the elderly, pregnant women, children, chronic lung infection patients, stroke patients and cancer victims are more susceptible to the Coronavirus disease