COVID-19: PSC revises international travel protocol amid Omicron scare

The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, has reviewed the country’s International travel protocol amid the emergence of a new variant of coronavirus, “Omicron”.

The PSC Chairman, Mr Boss Mustapha, said this statement, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on in Abuja.

Mustapha said that the revised protocol aimed at further reducing the risk of importation and exportation of COVID-19, especially the variant of concern.

He assured Nigerians that it continue to monitor global and specific country situations with a view to taking necessary measures to safeguard the health of Nigerians.

Mustapha, also Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), called on Nigerians they that they take full dose of COVID-19 vaccines and continue to observe compliance to public health measures.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Centre for Control (NCDC) on Wednesday confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant in the country.

NAN reports that the new variant has sparked global concerns due to fears it spread faster and be resistant to vaccines, following its discovery in South Africa.

Omicron was first detected in Europe in Belgium on Nov. 27. Other European countries, including Germany, Italy and the U.K., have confirmed cases. Australia also reported cases on Nov 28.

The European Union on Nov. 27, moved to ban travel from seven Southern African countries.

Other nations, including the U.S. and U.K., are adopting similar moves. Israel late Saturday went further, imposing a two week travel band for all non-residents.

Similarly, the government of Canada has also stated that it discovered two cases of the variant from two passengers from Nigeria. (NAN)