Another set of stranded Nigerians to be evacuated from US

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Plans have been concluded for the evacuation of more Nigerians stranded in the United States due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Government has said.

The Consulate General of Nigeria in New York, in a statement announced that the evacuation will take place on July 3.

The consulate revealed that the evacuees will depart the Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, aboard an Ethiopian Airlines plane.

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According to the statement, only those free of COVID-19 and with body temperatures below 38 degrees centigrade would be allowed to board the plane.

“In accordance with the Nigerian Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, all prospective evacuees must present an original COVID-19 negative test result (not older than 14 days) at the airport of departure.

“They must also undergo a temperature check four hours before departure.

“Any intending evacuee without the stipulated test result, or with a body temperature above 38 degrees centigrade, or any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, will not be allowed to check in.

“While on board, all prospective evacuees are required to be in possession of a hand sanitiser for intermittent use throughout the journey and wear face masks,” the consulate said.

No fewer than 700 Nigerians registered with the missions in the U.S. for evacuation.

The first batch of 160 Nigerians returned home on May 10, aboard a special Ethiopian Airline flight arranged by the government.

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