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The latest Nigerian returnees from Warsaw

The latest Nigerian returnees from Warsaw

Out of the 1,229 Nigerians who have arrived from Ukraine, 60 have tested positive for COVID-19.

The 60 were among the 62 cases announced for the FCT Abuja by the NCDC on Wednesday.

“A backlog of 62 cases reported for FCT from 8th (3) and 9th (59) March 2022”, NCDC stated, without as usual disclosing the identities of the infected.

But in a tweet on Friday, NIDCOM chairman Abike Dabiri-Erewa said the 60 were returnees from Ukraine.

She made the disclosure when a Nigerian asked whether the returnees were being tested.

“Yes. NCDC conducts free tests at the Airport. @NCDCgov announced yesterday that 60 have tested positive”, she said.

Dabiri-Erewa also disclosed that the returnees were being given free SMS by MTN, pre-loaded with N5,000 credit.

She made the disclosures as another batch of 123 Ukraine-based Nigerians, landed in Abuja.

They were evacuated from Warsaw, Poland.

They returned to Nigeria aboard an Air Peace plane with registration number 9HSLF which arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at about 1:20am on Friday.

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Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and that of other relevant government agencies were already on the ground to receive the returnees.

The evacuees comprised 75 adult males, 48 women and one infant.

Following their arrival, the evacuees were subjected to the usual procedures such as documentation and test for COVID-19.

Thereafter, they were given the sum of $100 each to cover their transportation fare from the airport to their destinations in various parts of the country.

As of Thursday, 1,096 Nigerians have been evacuated from countries neighbouring Ukraine.

According to a statement by Francisca Omayuli, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 415 people were evacuated from Bucharest Romania.

While 181 were evacuated from Warsaw, 480 were taken from Budapest Hungary.

The Warsaw figure has now increased to 304, with the latest arrivals early on Friday.

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