Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Nigeria extend suspension of flights by another four weeks through at least June 6 to combat COVID-19.

This alert affects Nigeria

This alert began 06 May 2020 21:52 GMT and is scheduled to expire 07 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through June 6
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

On May 6, authorities in Nigeria extended suspension of flights by four weeks through at least June 6 as part of their efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure does not apply to cargo and emergency flights.

Other nationwide restrictive measures remain in place. These include:

  • Nationwide nightly curfew of 2000-0600.
  • Residents are required to wear face masks while in public.
  • Authorities have also implemented an immediate stay-at-home order in Kano State through at least May 11 following reports of unexplained deaths. Security forces have deployed to ensure compliance with the stay-at-home orders.
  • Temporary suspension of migrant and passport registration through late April.
  • A ban on public gatherings of more than 25 people
  • The closure of all land borders to passenger traffic.
  • State-level stay-at-home orders limiting nonessential travel.

Authorities announced April 27 that they would implement a phased and gradual easing of restrictive measures in the capital, Abuja, and in Ogun and Lagos states from May 4. The details of these eased restrictions have to be released.

Background and Analysis
The measures adopted by the government have evolved in recent weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Consider delaying traveling to Nigeria until officials lift restrictions. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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