Nigeria records 1,041 new COVID-19 cases on Christmas Eve as toll hits 81,963

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,041 new cases of COVID-19 on Christmas Eve, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 81,963.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Thursday.

“1041 new #COVID19 cases Lagos-316 FCT-210 Kaduna-83 Plateau-70 Gombe-56 Oyo-56 Katsina-47 Nasarawa-35 Kano-33 Ogun-21 Rivers-17 Niger-14 Imo-14 Delta-12 Kwara-12 Edo-12 Benue-9 Anambra-8 Taraba-4 Ekiti-4 Ebonyi-6 Bayelsa-1 Sokoto-1.”

Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, has announced new travel rules for passengers coming into Nigeria from South Africa and the Uk, where a new variant of the virus had been discovered.

The National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu made the announcement on Thursday in Abuja, during a media briefing.

Aliyu said that effective from Monday, Dec. 28, all passengers coming into the country from the UK and South Africa on direct flights, must use the Nigerian International Travel Portal to register.

They are to also fill in the health questionnaire and must upload a negative COVID-19, polymerase chain reaction, (PCR) result with a validity of not more than five days.

He added that travelers must pay for a COVID-19 PCR test at day seven of arrival in the country without which they would not be allowed to board the flights.

The coordinator also said a special register would be opened at the airports for passengers from these two countries specifically to track and ensure they presented themselves for the COVID-19 test on day seven.

He said there would be sanctions on passengers that presented fake PRC results.


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