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Nigeria shuts High Commission in London over Covid-19


The Nigeria High Commission in London has been shut for a period of 10 days after 2 of its officials tested positive for Covid-19.

The action by the foreign mission is in line with the Covid-19 regulation and the need to adhere to the rules and regulations of the host country.

This disclosure is contained in a statement issued by the High Commission on Thursday, August 12, 2021, in London.

The Nigeria High Commission in its statement said that the closure became imperative after 2 of its staff tested positive for Covid-19.

What the Nigeria High Commission is saying in the statement

The statement from the High Commission reads, “This afternoon the Head of Immigration Section and two other officials went for a meeting at the Home Office.

“At the entrance, COVID test was administered on them and one of them tested positive to COVID-19. The affected officer immediately isolated while the other officials, who tested negative will also isolate for the next 10 days.

“In response to this challenge, the Mission embarked on testing all officials of the Mission, after which another official of the Mission tested positive.”

It added, “In line with COVID-19 regulation and the need to adhere to the rules and regulation of the host country, the Mission will close down for the next 10 days, in order to observe the mandatory isolation of those who were in contact with the affected officials.”

The High Commission said it regrets any inconvenience that this may have caused and solicited the cooperation of the general public.

Bottom line

The temporary closure of the High Commission is also to serve as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic which has witnessed an upsurge due to delta variant.



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