Omicron: FG Expresses Disappointment Over UK Govt’s Purple Itemizing Of Nigeria

Omicron: FG Expresses Disappointment Over UK Govt’s Purple Itemizing Of Nigeria

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Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, made an appearance on Channels Television's News At 10 on August 25, 2020.
File photograph: Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has expressed disappointment over the United Kingdom executive’s placement of Nigeria on its red record following the detection of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. 

“We were no longer very contented when six nations in Sub-Saharan Africa were placed on a red record and the WHO also told towards striking every other on the red record,” the minister acknowledged on Channels Tv’s Sunday Politics, lower than in some unspecified time in the future after the UK announced the scurry.

“From what we know about the COVID-19, there are quite loads of techniques to alter it, and besides, no longer grand is serene identified about the Omicron variant. All of us know, to illustrate, that there had been no fatalities.

“There bear also been no reviews of very severe sickness. Truly, the reason for being so fleet in striking nations on the red record is now not any longer one thing that is terribly vital.”

In step with the minister, the scurry used to be in dejected health-told as he eminent that it will probably per chance per chance bear more than one impacts on commerce, and disrupt actions at some level of the Christmas and Fresh Year festivities.

“It will disrupt commerce,” he added.  It will disrupt family reunions.”


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Ban Record No longer ‘Helpful’

File photograph: Potentialities, some carrying face masks or coverings as a precaution towards COVID-19, the queue exterior Selfridges division store on Oxford Side road in London on June 15, 2020, as some non-obligatory outlets reopen from their coronavirus shutdown. Glyn KIRK / AFP.

He explained that whereas Nigeria has detected the COVID-19 virus on travellers from the UK, the circumstances bear no longer been confirmed to be the Omicron variant.

Whereas reiterating that the role of countries on the red record will now not aid within the enviornment fight towards the pandemic, Ehanire acknowledged Nigeria is expecting the fourth wave of the disease.

“If every nation were going to construct other nations on the ban record, very presently that you simply must per chance bear quite loads of countries to your red record,” the minister acknowledged.

“So, I function imagine there are alternative techniques of going about it. We in Nigeria function no longer regard banning flights and movements of of us as severely vital and supportive.”

The UK’s scurry, which came just a few days after Nigeria detected the contemporary strain, adopted a identical resolution by the Canadian authorities.

“International nationals who bear transited or stayed in these 10 nations can no longer enter Canada if they had been in these nations within the final two weeks,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos told a press convention.

Except for Nigeria, Egypt and Malawi were the other nations recently added to Canada’s lunge ban record.


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