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COVID-19: UK returnees now exempted from self-isolation – Ogun Commissioner

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Ogun State Commissioner for Info and Technique, Waheed Odusile, has mentioned travellers coming back from the UK to Nigeria don’t must isolate themselves for a time frame really useful by the Federal Authorities and the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC).

Odusile mentioned this in an effort to defend Governor Dapo Abiodun, who returned to the nation lately and resumed work instantly.

Whereas that includes on a radio programme in Abeokuta, the commissioner was requested to elucidate why Gov Abiodun failed to look at self-isolation on his return from his current controversial international journey that concerned his Deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele and the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, identical time.

Reacting, Odusile, who mentioned Ogun State usually observes all COVID-19 tips put out by the Federal Authorities, defined that the British Authorities had eliminated Nigeria from the listing of nations that ought to isolate themselves.

Based on him, any traveller coming back from Britain into Nigeria doesn’t must self-isolate when he arrives within the nation.

“There is no such thing as a Federal Authorities COVID-19 protocol that Ogun State does to stick to. Like one or two weeks in the past the British authorities eliminated Nigeria from international locations that ought to observe self-isolation. This was on account of an evaluation of our nation.

“Nigeria is now not amongst international locations whose residents ought to observe self-isolation each time they journey to Britain. Go and test it. I’m not saying this is applicable to all international international locations visited. I’m speaking about the UK the place the governor travelled to. Nigeria isn’t any extra amongst Nations whose residents ought to observe self-isolation on their return from the UK,” Odusile posited.

Nevertheless, it’s noticed that the commissioner’s place is perhaps in sharp distinction with the suggestions of the Federal Authorities.

In September, the Nationwide Incident Supervisor (NIM) of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Mukhtar Muhammad, mentioned 2,000 travellers who flouted the nat’s journey protocols in opposition to COVID-19 have had their worldwide passports suspended for one 12 months.

Muhammed defined that the federal government had insisted those that arrived into Nigeria, particularly from these nations it described as “excessive danger” international locations should quarantine in a facility offered by the federal government.

DAILY POST additionally famous that Odusile’s declare that the British authorities had exempted UK returnees from quarantine appears incorrect.

Just lately, the British Excessive Fee mentioned: “From Monday, 11 October 2021, absolutely vaccinated travellers from Nigeria will have the ability to come to England while not having to supply a pre-departure take a look at, undertake a day 8 take a look at or self-isolate for 10 days, though will nonetheless must e-book and pay for a day 2 take a look at.”

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