Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs
As of 20 September, there are 57,242 reported COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, and 480,874 tests conducted. 48,569 people have been discharged and 1,098 deaths recorded across 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). 1 The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 informed that the epicentre of coronavirus infection has shifted from Lagos, Kano, Ogun and Oyo states to Plateau state with the state recorded the highest daily cases within the reporting period.
The Federal Government announced the reopening of Abuja and Lagos airports to international flights from Saturday 5 September and listed 10 airlines and countries that can fly into the country. Other international airports in the country are to remain closed until further notice. On Thursday 3 September, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced Nigeria’s transition into the third phase of the ease of restrictions for a period of four weeks effective from Friday 4 September. Some of the new changes include modification of curfew from 22:00 to 00:00, removal of restrictions on communal commercial spaces, and no limitation on intra- and inter-state travels. The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, on Monday 14 September, reiterated that Nigerians coming into the country without the mandatory COVID-19 test certificate will have their passports suspended for six months while non-Nigerians will have their visas cancelled.
The Federal Government received a memoir containing details of the vaccine Russia is working on and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which will give Nigeria access to Russia’s vaccine as soon as it is available for export.