The Senate on Thursday urged the Federal Ministry of Aviation to
ensure that all persons arriving from China isolate themselves by
staying alone in their homes for at least two weeks before mixing with
the general public.
Such persons, said the Senate, include Chinese citizens from Nigeria
that travelled for the one-week Chinese Lunar New Year festivities.
The Senate also extended the call for self-isolation to travellers
from other countries that have experienced outbreak of the raging
Besides, it called on Nigerians desirous of traveling to any of the
Asian counties to defer their arrangements until the virus outbreak is
At least 15 countries, including Germany, France, Japan, United
States, Canada have confirmed infections, with India reporting its first
case on Thursday.
Many countries have urged their citizens not to visit China while
many global airlines suspended flights to the world most populous
On Thursday, Russia ordered the closure of its huge land border with
China to prevent the disease from spreading to its territory.
Bavaria Motor Works (BMW) also said on Thursday it was closing three
of its factories in the Chinese city of Shenyang till February 9, amid
the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Sponsor of the motion and Chairman, Senate Committee on Communicable
Diseases, Chukwuka Utazi, in his lead debate, noted that the virus is
spread through “the air by coughing or sneezing, close personal
contact, touching a contaminated object or surface, and rarely by faecal
He added that coronavirus was previously reported to cause severe
symptoms such as acute respiratory syndrome, following the 2019 Novel
Coronavirus (2019-nCov) outbreak that began in Wuhan, China.