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Nigeria’s government has said there is no fixed date for the reopening of the country’s land borders, which were closed in August this year.

President Muhammadu Buhari had explained that the borders were closed, to prevent smuggling of banned items.

Speaking with journalists on Monday, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum, stated that a date for the borders to be reopened would be fixed after a joint patrol team set up by Nigeria and its neighbours submit its recommendations.

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The Minister said the recommendations would determine if Benin Republic and Niger Republic have complied with trade protocols of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Katagum disclosed that the joint team is made up of Customs, Air Force and other security agencies of the countries.

“We had the strategic meeting with the three countries and what we agreed with our neighbors is to activate a joint border patrol and that border patrol comprising the customs, all the security agencies and ensure to try to follow the actual protocol laid by ECOWAS.

“The committee met on November 25 and it is only when that committee is certain that all the countries are respecting the ECOWAS protocol that they will recommend a day for the opening of the border,” Katagum said.

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COVID-19: NCDC Confirms 354 New Cases, Total Rises To 45,244

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 354 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of COVID-19 infection to 45,244.

The NCDC made this known via its verified Twitter handle on Thursday.

“On the 6th of August 2020, 354 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 45244 cases have been confirmed, 32430 cases have been discharged and 930 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 354 new cases are reported from 17 states- FCT (78), Lagos (76), Kaduna (23), Ebonyi (19), Oyo (18), Nasarawa (17), Rivers (17), Delta (16), Kwara (15), Akwa Ibom (13), Edo (12), Ogun (12), Plateau (11), Kano (9), Bauchi (6), Borno (6), Ekiti (6),” the NCDC said.

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See the breakdown of cases by state below;

Confirmed Cases by State

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 15,627 2,316 13,119 192
FCT 4,241 2,965 1,231 45
Oyo 2,825 1,392 1,402 31
Edo 2,340 174 2,073 93
Rivers 1,911 267 1,591 53
Kano 1,608 264 1,291 53
Delta 1,557 110 1,404 43
Kaduna 1,530 183 1,335 12
Ogun 1,428 200 1,204 24
Plateau 1,294 676 598 20
Ondo 1,243 565 651 27
Enugu 880 377 485 18
Ebonyi 838 19 793 26
Kwara 815 452 342 21
Katsina 746 265 457 24
Borno 634 30 569 35
Abia 625 103 517 5
Gombe 620 68 529 23
Osun 586 273 300 13
Bauchi 574 40 521 13
Imo 472 315 147 10
Nasarawa 360 129 223 8
Benue 356 285 64 7
Bayelsa 342 31 290 21
Jigawa 322 3 308 11
Akwa Ibom 234 55 171 8
Niger 226 81 133 12
Adamawa 176 80 85 11
Ekiti 159 81 76 2
Sokoto 154 1 137 16
Anambra 142 41 83 18
Kebbi 90 82 8
Zamfara 77 1 71 5
Taraba 72 13 55 4
Cross River 68 27 33 8
Yobe 67 2 57 8
Kogi 5 3 2

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Nigerian govt set to resume international flights, lists guidelines

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has asked airline operators and aviation authorities, to begin the process for resuming international flights.

The PTF Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, stated this during Thursday’s media briefing in Abuja.

Aliyu said the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and other agencies should commence the process.

According to him, passengers would arrive three hours before flights, when the country’s airspace finally opens for international operations.

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He said, “Specific to air transportation, as you are aware, domestic flights have already resumed, the railway sector has also restarted. For international travel, we have made recommendation to the aviation industry to commence the process for opening international airport provided all existing international and local Covid-19 protocol are in place.

“We have modified the protocol for passenger arrivals at the airports. Domestic passengers arriving at the airports are advised to arrive one hour before their flights and three hours before international flights when this restarts.”

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Domestic flights had resumed in Nigeria in July after a four-month closure due to COVID-19.

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