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COVID-19: Over 4,000 Nigerians stranded globally



MINISTER of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, has said there are over four thousand Nigerians stranded across the world since COVID-19 pandemic assumed global dimmension.

  Onyeama stated this in a remark he made yesterday while fielding questions from reporters at the daily news briefing by Presidential Task Force (PTF) in Abuja.

According to him, lack of bed spaces to isolate the evacuees is the major challenge that the government is grappling with, although he explained that measures are being put in place to see that their evacuation is intensified next week.

 But some Nigerians arrived Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos at about 13:45 pm from United Kingdom today.

They were trapped in the country by emergencies arising from COVID-19. They will be airlifted to Abuja where they will be quarantined for 14 days before being allowed to leave for their destinations.

Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, confirmed their arrival.

“The first evacuation from the Uk has landed in Lagos. The passengers will be proceeding to Abuja where they will be on 14-day compulsory isolation,” she said.

Similarly, 25 persons aboard a flight that arrived Beirut from Kano have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a spokesman of Lebanese Ministry of Health, Middle East Airlines announced that the expatriates returned upon the Lebanese Government’s request.

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