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Coronavirus: Senate Cautions Aviation Ministry To Monitor Travellers From China

30 January 2020 National News News

The Senate has urged the Federal Ministry of Aviation to immediately take steps to ensure that all persons arriving from China, especially Chinese citizens from Nigeria that travelled for the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities, to self-isolation by staying indoors in their homes for at least two weeks before mixing with the Nigerian public.

The Upper Chamber also extended the call for self-isolation to travellers from other countries that are on record to be affected by outbreak of the deadly disease.

The Senate, accordingly, advised the Nigerian public desirous of traveling to Asia to put all arrangements on hold until the Coronavirus outbreak was eliminated.

These formed part of resolutions reached sequel to the consideration of a motion entitled: “Coronavirus Outbreak and Preventive Response Towards Stemming it’s Spread in Nigeria” by Senator Chukwuka Utazi representing, Enugu North.

The lawmaker explained that the virus is spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, close personal contact, touching a contaminated object or surface, and rarely by fecal contamination.

He added that the Human Coronavirus was previously reported to cause severe symptoms such as acute respiratory syndrome, following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak that began in Wuhan, China.

Senator Utazi recalled that in response to the outbreak of the killer virus, “China had put millions of people in three of its cities on lockdown in an effort to contain the Coronavirus outbreak that has killed one hundred and seventy and infected more than six hundred and thirty persons.

The lawmaker, while highlighting efforts made by Nigerian authorities in preventing a possible outbreak of the virus, disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Health through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has risen to the occasion by monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the novel Coronavirus.

James Itodo/Abuja

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