The Federal Government has refuted the likelihood of restricting foreign travellers from visiting Nigeria, despite travel bans by Canada, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong. This is coming as the government said most of the in-bound passengers that tested positive for COVID-19 were from the UK.

Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire described as unfortunate the reaction of some countries to the Omicron strain. He also noted that even the World Health Organisation had said recently that countries should focus more on collaboration rather than shutting borders.

It would be recalled the World Health Organisation, WHO had two weeks ago designated the omicron variant as a variant of concern.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC had last week said the country had reported three cases of the variant. Before this, the Canadian government had announced that it found two individuals with the variant who had travel history to Nigeria.