The Nigerian Government has lifted its temporary ban on India due to its COVID-19 cases. In May 2021, the Government placed a temporary ban on some inbound travelers. This included travelers from India, Turkey, South Africa, or Brazil. The ban was for Non-Nigerians who had been in those countries within 14 days of their intended arrival to Nigeria. This restriction came as a result of the surge in cases of COVID-19 in those countries.
Back in May 2021, India was struggling with the pandemic with as many as 300,000 daily cases of COVID-19 daily. As a result, the Nigerian Government restricted inbound travelers. Nigerians who were coming in from these countries were not spared. They would undergo several examinations before being granted access to Nigeria.
In recent times, the situation has improved in India. The country is now recording an average of 24,000 cases daily, a huge reduction from the daily cases in May. As a result, the Nigerian Government revisited its temporary ban on the country. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria and chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) made the announcement.
He explained that they reviewed the protocol to align with current global realities. He also announced that the PSC would adopt a new model and policy which they would unveil soon. One of the policies was lifting India from the list of restricted countries.
Meanwhile, the Indian Government is also working towards reducing the spread of COVID-19. India currently has 33,316,755 cases of the Coronavirus with a reported 443,528 deaths. It has the second-highest cases of the Coronavirus, behind the United States of America’s 42,288,295 cases. The country also has the third-highest cases of COVID-19 deaths, behind the USA (682,341) and Brazil (587,847).
The Indian Government is pushing for the vaccination of its citizens. In August, the country administered over 180 million doses of the vaccine. The country plans to vaccinate all eligible citizens by the end of the year. India has also approved a new COVID-19 vaccine which will be injection-free. The vaccine, which is the first DNA vaccine, is called the ZyCoV-D. An Indian pharmaceutical firm called Zydus Cadila developed the vaccine. The vaccine uses circular strands of DNA to prepare the immune system against SARS-CoV-2.
Meanwhile, in Nigeria, there are a reported 200,057 cases of COVID-19 cases with 2,637 deaths. The Nigerian Government is also calling on its citizens to get vaccinated. Yesterday, the Nigerian Government announced it was partnering with the Christian Association of Nigeria to begin vaccination in church on Sundays. The Government plans to introduce “Sunday Vaccination” as part of its phase 2 COVID-19 vaccination roll-out.
Presently, at least 4,024,704 Nigerians have received one dose of the vaccine while 1,687,315 have been fully vaccinated.
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