256 Nigerians From Dubai Arrive In Lagos Amid Coronavirus:
The Nigerian government has evacuated the first batch of Nigerians stranded abroad owing to Covid-19 caused by the coronavirus.
According to a report by the Channel TV online News, On Wednesday 6th May 2020, “256 Nigerians arrived in Lagos from Dubai on an Emirates Airline flight.
“The Emirates flight is expected to be the first of at least two other flights scheduled to evacuate Nigerians within the next few days.
NCDC welcomed the returnees. Says “they will be proceeding to a location for compulsory isolation . All 256 tested negative for Covid 19 before boarding from Dubai pic.twitter.com/gHow6EKEO2
— Abike Dabiri-Erewa (@abikedabiri) May 6, 2020
Discussions are ongoing with British Airways to airlift 300 Nigerians from London on Friday; arrangements are also being made with Ethiopian airlines for a flight from New York to Abuja next Monday – Foreign ministry
Meanwhile, Over 4,000 Nigerians are in high spirit to be evacuated across the world to Nigeria according to the foreign affairs minister.
The returning Nigerians are expected to be quarantined for 14 days in select hotels on their arrival, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The quarantine is required to ensure the coronavirus-status of every returnee is ascertained.
The federal government of Nigeria says plans are in progress to evacuate more citizens from the United States of America and the United Kingdom in the next few days.
The foreign ministry said it has made arrangements for hotel accommodations in Lagos and Abuja, which will be used to quarantine the incoming citizens.
However, Nigeria’s efforts to evacuate citizens from abroad has been confronted by several obstacles, including the ability to secure quarantine facilities for the returnees on their arrival, according to Minister Onyeama.