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Nigeria adds SA to its Covid-19 ‘red list’ for arriving travellers

Nigeria is introducing the restrictions due to the spread of the Delta variant in SA.
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Nigeria is adding South Africa to its “red list” of countries for which there are stringent restrictions for arriving passengers, officials said during a briefing on Monday.

Nigeria is introducing the restrictions due to the spread of the Delta variant in South Africa, Chikwe Ihekweazu, the head of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, said. The country joins India, Brazil and Turkey on the list.

“In Nigeria, we haven’t found the Delta variant yet,” Ihekweazu said during the briefing.

Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited the countries on the list within 14 days are barred entry from Nigeria, while passport holders and residents must undergo a seven-day quarantine in a government-approved facility at cost to the passenger.

They are also required to take Covid-19 tests within 24 hours or arrival and after seven days in quarantine.

At the briefing, Faisal Shuaib, the head of the country’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency, said Nigeria is expecting an additional 3.924 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX scheme by August 2021, and 29.85 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine through the African Union by September.

Nigeria received 3.92 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine via COVAX in March, and has thus far administered 3.44 million shots. It is expected to exhaust the current COVAX supply before the end of July.

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That is good news for South Africans, as Nigeria is a nation that just kills South Africans.

84 South Africans died in false-prophet TB Josua’s building a number of years ago and nothing was done there.

Can we please have each other on a perpetual red list.

That’s really funny…
I personality welcome the ban. SA companies have had nothing but pain in Nigeria – Tiger Brands, Woolies, MTN, Shoprite, Southern Sun to name a few….not to mention the destruction of PPC who could not compete with the cheaper imports from Nigeria – it remains to be seen if the construction using these imports stand the test of time!
Yep, good…let’s have a red ban on Nigeria too – stop the virus of the Nigerian scams, the looting of our SA start ups and the General air of dishonesty that seems to permeate doing business with this country. It works both ways Nigeria…you don’t want us….we don’t want you ( except for Multi Choice who still have to learn the lesson that other SA companies have learnt,)

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