Medicine academy seeks COVID-19 restrictions on China flights

By Grace Edema

The Academy of Medicine Specialties of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to place strict coronavirus restrictions on flights from China through Qatar, Ethiopian, South Africa and other airlines.

The academy said there was an increase in coronavirus cases in the country.

In a statement made available to our correspondent, on Thursday, the President of the Academy of Medicine Specialties of Nigeria, Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, said there was a need to act quickly in Nigeria.

Ashiru said, “Nigeria should immediately tighten her borders with strict restrictions on flights coming from China through Qatar, Ethiopian, South Africa and other airlines. 

“We cannot afford the spillover from the current increase in COVID-19 from the country. Hence reinstate all the control measures for incoming flights from the eastern routes.

“Travellers from China must show a recent  negative COVID-19 test 48 here before landing.”

Also, a report on Reuters on December 28, 2022, said Chinese hospitals and funeral homes were under intense pressure on Wednesday as a surging COVID-19 wave drained resources, while the scale of the outbreak and doubts over official data prompted some countries to enact new travel rules on Chinese visitors.

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