As this year is almost over, every person who lived during this moment will never forget how bad it was. It all started with losing prominent people on earth and then the coronavirus disease made it even worse. China was the first country to report a case of the coronavirus. It later spread to other regions including the African continent. Things seem towards the normal and international flights resume in Nigeria.
The World Health Organization gave instructions to the health authorities in Africa to help them curb the spread of the virus. Countries began declaring lockdowns that resulted in businesses closing down, therefore affecting the countries’ economies.
Later on, other countries closed their borders. This meant that there was no cooperation or association between countries. There was zero trading and no citizen or passenger could enter or leave a state. This cost many, especially those who were outside their countries. For example, citizens from Kenya complained about mistreatment in China.
Some countries found other ways of bringing their citizens back in their countries. The disruption of international flights was to contain the spread of the disease. Nigeria was among those countries in Africa that decided to stop its operations of international flights.
Current State of International Flights in Nigeria
Most countries have been able to slow down the rate of coronavirus infections. In doing so, countries are reopening their activities and operations gradually in phases to attain normalcy. For example, Nigeria is resuming its operations in international flights. International flights are very important for a country because through its revenue the economy of a certain state may improve. More so, trading activities will increase significantly because borders are open to receive other trading nations.
Covid-19 in Nigeria
Late January, the Federal government of Nigeria made a promise to the citizens of the state. It guaranteed them of its promptness to increase surveillance at the international airports. The government declared the 5 airports as Lagos, Enugu, Kano, Rivers, and the FCT. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control also declared that they were ready.
On 31st January the government of the country set up a COVID-19 Preparedness Group to lessen the effects of the virus if it spreads. In February a Chinese citizen appeared before the Lagos State government on doubt of having the virus. He went to Reddington Hospital, and the doctors released him after testing negative. Nigeria recorded its index case on 27th February in Lagos state.
Last week, the cases of coronavirus in the country surpassed the 50,000 marks as over 40,000 patients recovered. Unfortunately, the country lost more than a thousand people. The National Centre for Disease Control came up with the figures.
As Nigeria is resuming its international flights, the citizens should not relax in following the directives of the government. The World Health Organization, advises states to record a lower positivity rate of infections before relaxing its restrictions. The Nigerian government gave strict orders to the passengers who want to come back to the country. It says that such passengers should have a certificate that proves they are not carriers of the virus.