Just In: COVID-19: US commenced evacuation citizens from Nigeria

The United States Mission in Nigeria on Monday disclosed the commencement of its evacuation of American citizens from Nigeria.

This is coming shortly after Germany, Israel, and France evacuated their nationals inline with the rising cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The Embassy while confirming the development Monday night on its official Twitter handle, @US Mission Nigeria, said multiple emergency flights departing from Lagos and Abuja had been confirmed for this week.

The mission asked Americans booked for the flight not to come to the airport until they had been contacted by officials.

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The Twitter post read, “The US Consulate in Lagos has confirmed multiple emergency flights for this week departing from Lagos and Abuja. Please do not come to the airport until we have contacted you directly. Please shelter in place and await further information.”

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has extended federal guidelines on social distancing until April 30 after a top health official warned that between 100,000 to 200,000 people could die from coronavirus in the United States.

The US has 139,000 confirmed infections, more than any other country in the world.

Worldwide, the total number of infections recorded since the beginning of the outbreak reached more than 770,000. Some 160,000 people have recovered globally while nearly 37,000 have died.

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