Nigeria today banned federal public servants from oversea travels while encouraging citizens not to travel to high risk countries of the world where the virus is already wreaking devastation.
The Buhari administration also set up Presidential Task Force to control the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
These were the major outcomes of a meeting chaired by the Secretary to the Federal Government, ostensibly to stem the quiet struggle to take the pole position on the fight against the virus by federal and state collaborators.
The Task Force will be managed from the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation.
According to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which tweeted on the outcome about an hour ago, the Task Force will now take over the management of information flow, deployment of resources, research, and collaboration with states and other agencies.
The Task Force comes on the heels of another case that tested posititive for the virus, a disheartening discovery after it seemed that Nigeria had successfully managed the two cases it has so far reported.
Health Minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who announced the third case yesterday disclosed that the patient is a Nigerian lady who has just returned to Lagos from a trip to the United Kingdom “and developed symptoms during her 14-day self-isolation.”
The Minister however described the patient who he said is receiving attention at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) Yaba as “clinically stable.”
Lagos State Government is currently tracing the identity of contacts made by the patient since her return to Nigeria.
The Federal Government has continued to encourage everyone returning to Nigeria from any country to self-isolate for 14-days.
“All those returning from countries where there is high (over 1000 cases cumulatively) community transmission, will be actively followed up for 14 days by NCDC & Port Health Services,” NCDC tweeted.