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THE United Kingdom has imposed a £500 fine on any passenger who fails to adhere to new regulations on pre-departure testing.

The British High Commission in Nigeria, which disclosed this in a statement on Monday, said international arrivals were now required to provide negative COVID-19 test results before departure for England.

It added that passengers arriving from countries not on the government’s travel corridor list would still be required to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of the test result.

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The UK stated that all international travellers to England, including UK nationals, had to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before departure.

This followed the recent decision to temporarily suspend direct travel from South Africa and 11 other African countries to England after new evidence.

emerged from health authorities reporting an outbreak of a variant of coronavirus spreading to some local communities.

“Passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500 if they fail to comply with the new regulations on pre-departure testing,” the British High Commission in Nigeria stressed.

The UK explained that passengers would still be required to fill in a passenger locator form and subject to national lockdown restrictions

The UK Border Force will conduct spot checks on arrival into England to ensure that passengers are fully compliant. The commission noted that the new regulations announced on Sunday were in response to the changes seen in the transmission of the virus both domestically and across the globe.

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Don’t disregard experts’ advice, NMA tells FG as schools resume

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The Nigerian Medical Association on Sunday advised federal and state governments against disregarding medical experts’ advice on COVID-19.

The NMA President, Professor Innocent Ujah,  stated this in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents while commenting on government’s decision to reopen schools beginning from Monday (today).

Ujah stated that although the association would not advise government not to reopen schools, he stated that authorities must ensure compliance with COVID-19 guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

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The experts spoke as coronavirus cases in the country rose from 75,062 on December 17, 2020 to  108,943 on Sunday, January 17, 2021.

Also during the same period, COVID-19 deaths increased from 1,200 to 1,420, an increase of 220.

Advising government on the rising cases, the NMA president stated, “What we are saying is that for schools to reopen, authorities must be prepared. We don’t know how long COVID-19 will last for us to say schools should not reopen.

“But what we are saying is that they (school authorities) must prepare to comply with the NCDC protocols of hand washing at several points not just one point.

“In the universities where we have a large number of people in faculties and departments, there must be points for hand washing and sanitizers. The  issue of face mask  is a must and social distancing in the classrooms is also important.”

He suggested that lectures should conducted online, adding, “Once we comply with these protocols, I believe they will reduce the spread.” While stating that the association had earlier advised Federal Government not to deploy people for the National Youth Service Corps, Ujah, who is also Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo, Benue State,  said that the NMA  would continue to advise authorities.

He stated, “The NMA said that the  NYSC should not deploy corps member for now. We don’t know what government will do, but we have to advise that authorities must listen to experts. That is one way of making progress, therefore  reducing  infections.”

It had reported that the Federal Government shunned a recommendation by the Economic Sustainability Committee led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and decided to re-open orientation camps nationwide on Tuesday amid rising COVID-19 infections.

According to the report, the Osinbajo-led committee had in June 2020 recommended that while the NYSC programme could continue, the three-week orientation exercise should be suspended for two years.

Meanwhile, nursery, primary and secondary schools in states including Lagos, Ogun,  Ogun, Ebonyi and Nasarawa will today resume academic activities for the second term of the 2020/21 academic year.

Some higher institutions, both federal and states, had also signified their intention to resume academic activities today.

Resumption at basic schools was delayed in many states following the second wave of COVID-19 as well as the advice by the NCDC.

Schools in Oyo State, however, resumed on January 4, while schools in Edo and Anambra states will resume in February.

The Lagos State Government, in a statement on Friday, affirmed its earlier pronouncement that all public and private schools in the state below tertiary level should resume on Monday (today).

In the statement, the state Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, urged students and staff members to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.

Also, the Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, had on Friday directed all primary, secondary as well as government science and technical colleges to resume academic activities on Monday.

Arigbabu appealed to parents, guardians, teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure full compliance with all coronavirus protocols

Also, the Ebonyi State Government will deploy two nurses in each public school ahead of today’s resumption to stem the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Mr Francis Elechi, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria, explained that the nurses would assist the teachers, who had been trained on the preventive measures against the second wave of COVID-19.

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NIN: FG insists on Wednesday deadline, diplomats’ registration

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The Federal Government on Sunday insisted that the deadlines given for the registration of all Subscriber Identification Modules with valid National Identity Numbers were still in force.

It also declared that the NIN was mandatory for diplomats who reside in Nigeria, as well as for all other lawful residents across the country.

Asked whether the Federal Government had eventually advised the Nigerian Communications Commission as regards the deadlines for SIM registration with NIN, the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Ikechukwu Adinde, said that nothing had changed.

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Reported on Thursday  that the NCC was awaiting the advice of the Federal Government as regards the stipulated deadlines.

“The deadlines are still in force; there is no update for now and just like I told you last week, if there is any change you will be communicated,” Adinde stated on Sunday.

came as the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, declared on Sunday that all diplomats living in Nigeria must have NINs.

The minister approved the setting up of a NIN enrolment centre at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs for diplomats. The desk would be set up on January 19, 2021.

A statement issued in Abuja by Pantami’s aide, Femi Adeluyi, stated that the centre would provide support for members of the diplomatic corps and would be managed by the communications ministry through NIMC. It stated that the law had made it mandatory for Nigerians and legal residents to obtain a NIN since 2007.

It, however, noted that compliance had been low, until recently.

It said the communications ministry was committed to creating an environment that was conducive for all Nigerians and legal residents to obtain their NINs.

The ministry stated that the centre was being set up based on the request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, in order to simplify the process for diplomats.

It said, “The NIN is mandatory for diplomats who will reside in Nigeria for a continuous period of two years or more.

“It is also mandatory for all other lawful residents in the country as stated in Section 16 of the NIMC Act 2007.”

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Partial compliance with Covid protocols as Abuja schools resume

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Public and private schools in Abuja resumed for academic activities on Monday amid the second wave of COVID-19.

Monitored activities at some schools in Karu, Abuja Municipal Area Council early in the morning, observed partial compliance with COVID-19 protocols released by the Federal Government.

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Schools visited included Government Secondary School, Karu; Hayatu Islam International Academy, Karu; Shalom Children Academy; Prime Scholars’ School and Total Academy among others.

At the GSS, Karu, two spots for washing of hands were provided at the school gate.

female member of staff was seen washing her hands before entering the premises.

Other members of staff and students did not do so.

There was also no temperature check for those entering the premises.

A male member of staff, who arrived at about 7.30am was seen shaking hands with all his colleagues who were at the gate to stop latecomers.
Students and members of staff were, however, seen wearing their face masks before entering.

Many of the students were seen bringing the masks out from either their pockets or school bags.

More compliance was, however, noticed among private schools

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