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Nigeria shuts down airports over Covid-19

Saturday March 21 2020
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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari delivers a speech during Democracy Day in Abuja on June 12, 2019. PHOTO | PIUS UTOMI EKPEI | AFP

By MOHAMMED MOMOH

ABUJA

The Nigerian government on Saturday closed all its airports to international flights as authorities try to contain the further spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

President Muhammadu Buhari issued the directive on Saturday after five new cases were confirmed this week.

Mr Buhari’s spokesperson Bashir Ahmad indicated that the measure will add to previous decisions made to restrict movement of people or meetings.

The decision followed the one on Friday of shutting down learning institutions, as one of President Buhari’s daughter went into self-isolation on her return from the UK on Thursday.

First Lady Aisha Buhari reported that her daughter's decision was "based on the advice of the Minister Of Health, Presidential Task force on Covid–19".

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She also added that she has shut down her office for two weeks; essential staff can work from home.

The government placed a travel ban on countries that have recorded over 1,000 cases.

So far, it has 12 confirmed cases with the index one being of an Italian who visited the country on February 27.

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