At a press briefing on Friday, the federal government, through the Presidential Task Force responsible for COVID-19, warned all Nigerians abroad against making plans to travel back home for Christmas holidays.
The spokesman, who is the National Coordinator for the Presidential Task Force, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said they had to give the warning in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
It is assumed that all travellers coming outside the country might be positive, therefore in order to curtail the spread, it is advisable for them to stay over there.
He added that anyone who adamantly wants to still come will have to be mandated to go through a seven-day isolation so as to confirm whether such person is negative or positive.
“We know that we are going into the Christmas period and we are looking at steps to minimize the number of people we see during this period.
“If you do not need to travel, remain in the country during the period. If you are outside the country, now is not the time to start coming in on holiday.
“If you do have to come into the country on holiday, be aware that you have to do the mandatory seven days isolation and you have to be tested and confirmed to be negative. We will not be relaxing the rules simply because it is the holiday season.”