- Nigeria decides to ban flights from Argentina, Britain, Saudi Arabia, and Canada due to Omicron coronavirus variant.
- Britain was the first country to announce a “red list,” which Nigeria has described as unfair and unjust.
Nigeria decides to ban flights from Argentina, Britain, Saudi Arabia, and Canada this week in retaliation for being added to those countries’ red lists over the spotting of the Omicron coronavirus variant last month, the aviation minister stated.
Some countries have restricted the movement of people from a few African nations since the Omicron variant was first observed in Hong Kong and Southern Africa. It has spread the virus to at least 57 countries.
In comments shared with journalists on Sunday, Nigeria’s aviation minister Hadi Sirika said he recommended that the four countries be placed on a COVID-19 “red list,” which would ban flights.
“We are given our input as aviation that it isn’t acceptable by us, and we recommend that those countries, Canada, U.K., Saudi Arabia, and Argentina be also put on the red list, just like they did similarly to us,” Sirika stated.
“So, I am sure between now and Monday or perhaps Tuesday maximum, all those countries would be put on the red list. Once they are on the red list, that means they are banned; their airlines would also be banned.”
Britain was the first country to announce a “red list,” which Nigeria has described as unfair and unjust.
The World Health Organization has said countries shall apply a “risk-based approach” and an “evidence-informed” when deciding on travel measures related to Omicron. It includes possible screening or quarantine of international passengers, adding that blanket bans do not prevent its spread.
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