•Global total of 153 517 confirmed and 5735 deaths as at 15th March–WHO, NCDC
The Consulate General of Nigeria in new York, United States of America has temporarily closed the processing of Nigerian passport till further notice.
This, it said is a measure to limit exposure of both applicants and staff of the Consulate to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.
In a circular signed by Balikisu Rufa’I Nura, C/Head of Chancery and sighted by Global Sentinel on Monday, the temporary closure will take effect from Monday, 16th March, 2020.
The United States has a total of 1678 confirmed cases of Coronavirus with 41 deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) situation report shows. The rapid spared of the virus across the globe has also forced the agency to declare it a pandemic.
Nura explained that preventing large gatherings in public places within the period is part of the guidelines in New York city where the consulate is located.
She however informed that those who urgently need a obtain Nigerian passport should contact the following number or email: 2128502216, CGNNY@Nigeriahouse.com, and Switchboard@Nigeriahouse.com.
Globally, there are a total of 153 517 confirmed and 5735 deaths as at 15th March, WHO report also shows.
Following the declaration of Coronavirus a pandemic, experts say efforts should be focused more on stockpiling materials, getting hospitals ready to handle patients and enacting social distancing policies.
In Nigeria, there are a total of two confirmed cases of Coronavirus. However, contact tracing of the index case, the Italian who brought the virus into the country is still ongoing. So far, 40 contacts have tested negative t the virus, while one tested positive.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has commended Nigeria as an example on how best to handle the spread of coronavirus across hard hit zones.
This was highlighted by the Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, Mr. Michael Ryan, who while addressing pressmen at a coronavirus response conference in Geneva, Switzerland, stressed that that Nigeria adopted precautionary measures after the first discovery of Coronavirus case by an Italian man to ensure that the infection rate was curtailed.
Speaking further, Ryan lauded Nigeria for establishing a 100-bed isolation unit within 48 hours of the first reported case with the Italian man who was isolated at a Yaba health facility almost fit for discharge.