Omicron: Canada Lifts Travel Ban On Nigeria, Other African Countries

Canada announced Friday the lifting of a ban on foreign travelers from 10 African countries, while reimposing testing and warning that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 risks quickly overwhelming hospitals. The travel restriction on flights from South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt will end at 11:59 pm on Saturday (0459 GMT Sunday), Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos told a news conference. The restriction had been announced last month “to slow the arrival of Omicron in Canada and buy us some time,” he said. But with…

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UK Adds Nigeria To Red List Over Omicron Fears

The United Kingdom has added Nigeria to its red list category as it tightens travel restrictions in an effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19 variant, Omicron. “From 0400 on Monday 6 December, Nigeria will be added to the red list for entering England,” the UK government’s travel advisory on Nigeria said. This means Nigerians who do not have UK citizenship or residence permit can no longer travel to the country until the advisory is revised.   Read Also : Delta state wades into the Dowen College Saga  …

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Germany donates 5.16m COVID-19 vaccine doses to Nigeria

The most recent badge arrived in Nigeria on 29 November 2021, containing 2,240,243 doses of Johnson&Johnson vaccines. The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Birgitt Ory on Friday said “Nobody is safe until everybody is safe. We must continue to work together to ensure access to vaccines. “Therefore, Germany is a strong supporter of COVAX as well as the co-founder and second-largest donor of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT Accelerator),” he said. According to him, the German Government is working to ensure the fair and efficient distribution of COVID-19 vaccines…

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#COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow

Hundreds of federal civil servants especially in Abuja are rushing to hospitals and designated centres to take the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of tomorrow’s deadline, Daily Trust reports. This is in the wake of the ravaging effect of another COVID-19 variant named Omicron, which puts the world on red alert as many countries contemplate closing their borders and restricting movements. The federal government had months ago announced that workers who were yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be denied access into government offices from tomorrow, December 1, 2021. Our correspondents…

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WHO Renames New COVID-19 Variant ‘Omicron’

The World Health Organization on Friday declared the recently-discovered B.1.1.529 strain of Covid-19 to be a variant of concern, renaming it Omicron. “Based on the evidence presented indicative of a detrimental change in Covid-19 epidemiology… the WHO has designated B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern, named Omicron,” the UN health agency said in a statement. Meanwhile, EU officials holding an emergency meeting over the variant agreed on Friday to urge all 27 nations in the bloc to restrict travel from that region. “Member States agreed to introduce rapidly restrictions on all travel…

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