Following the gradual spread of coronavirus in Nigeria, with total cases rising to 81, 3 discharged and 1 confirmed dead as at March 27, 2020, the US government has disclosed plans to promptly remove its citizens from Nigeria, despite the airport shut down because of the coronavirus breakout.
This was made public on Friday evening by the American Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria via an announcement called “Health Alert: US Mission in Nigeria.”
In the information provided, the US citizens in Nigeria were counselled to position themselves in Lagos and Abuja without further delay to join the flight back to the US. Furthermore, they also notified citizens who are not in Lagos and Abuja to make adequate arrangements on how to get to the advised locations.
It was stated, “At present, there are no scheduled flights to the United States. However, we are actively exploring options and attempting to secure flights, despite global airport closures and travel restrictions.
“We will email US citizens immediately once we have flight details, routes, and costs.
“US citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to travel to Abuja or Lagos as soon as possible.
“The Embassy and Consulate are unable to assist with lodging, food, or transportation costs, and some hotels have closed or are closing.
“To disseminate important information and alerts for US Citizens including possible evacuation flights, the State Department uses the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program as its primary messaging system. US Citizens in Nigeria who want to be informed about emergency flights and receive other alerts should enrol in STEP immediately.”
Currently, the United States of America has the most confirmed cases of coronavirus in the world, with an approximate case of 86000 tested positive.