The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has expressed disappointment over the United Kingdom government’s placement of Nigeria on its red list following the detection of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
The minister said on Channels Television’s on Sunday Politics, less than one day after the UK announced the move.
According to the minister, the move was ill-advised as he noted that it would have multiple impacts on commerce, and disrupt activities during the Christmas and New Year festivities.
He explained that while Nigeria has detected the COVID-19 virus on travellers from the UK, the cases have not been confirmed to be the Omicron variant.
While reiterating that the placement of countries on the red list will not help in the global fight against the pandemic, Ehanire said Nigeria is anticipating the fourth wave of the disease.
The UK’s move, which came a few days after Nigeria detected the new strain, followed a similar decision by the Canadian authorities.
Aside from Nigeria, Egypt and Malawi were the other countries recently added to Canada’s travel ban list.