The Canadian government has added Nigeria to the list of countries banned from entering into the country in a bid to halt the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
This was made known in a statement posted on the country’s official website on Tuesday, November 30.
Other countries affected by the travel ban include South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt.
Canadian Transport Minister, Omar Alghabra, has said foreign nationals who had been to these countries in the previous 14 days would be temporarily banned from entering Canada.
Alghabra added that Canadians and permanent residents who have been in the 10 countries, even those who are fully vaccinated, must also be tested before entering Canada.
This comes as the Nigeria Center for Disease and Control (NCDC) announced that two cases of Omicron variant had been detected in the country.