Nigeria closes airspace to all international flights

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The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency on Saturday notified all international airlines operating in the country that its airspace would be shut effective Monday midnight, March 24.

The use of passenger trains shall also be suspended Monday midnight.

The announcement comes as the country confirmed 10 new coronavirus cases – three in the capital Abuja and seven in Lagos.

So far there are now a total of 22 confirmed cases in Nigeria.

According to Nigeria Center for Disease Control, 9 out of the 10 new cases have history linked to high-risk zones of the virus in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East.

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One case is said to be a close contact of a confirmed case.

Authorities said they were engaged in aggressive contact tracing and containment strategies to curtail further spread.

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On the brighter side however, Lagos state governor announced that the Italian man who was the first registered case back on 28 February was discharged from hospital on Friday.

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