The Lagos State government, South-West Nigeria, announced that it had reached an agreement with Chinese authorities in Nigeria to quarantine those returning from China to the country to avert the importation of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) into Nigeria through the state.
This was announced on Thursday at a press briefing by the Honourable Commissioner for Health in the State, Professor Akin Abayomi. The Commissioner said that the Chinese Government was cooperating with the State through their Embassy in Nigeria to prevent the importation of the 2019 novel coronavirus into the country.
“We are very happy with the cooperation we are receiving from the Chinese government. We’ve had a very serious and high-level discussion with the Chinese government through their embassy in Lagos.
“Our primary concern has been the return of their citizens to Lagos in a few days and we are happy to inform you that the Embassy of China is also concerned about this, and they have sent out information through notifications to their citizens and companies located in Lagos that their citizens should try and remain in China until there is clarity about how this infection is going.
“However, if some of them choose to return, and we cannot restrict people, if they do return to Lagos, the instruction from the Chinese Embassy is that they should be quarantined for a period of 10 to 14 days in their houses, hostels and accommodations.”
The Commissioner further said that the Ministry of Health would meet with associations and businesses in the State, especially those who use the China-Lagos trade routes to advise them on their travel to Asia, especially China.
Currently, it is understood that the maximum incubation period of the disease is 14 days. This means that those who would come down with the disease would have done so within this period, justifying why those returning to the country should be kept for that long.