COVID-19: FG Approves Last Evacuation Flight From US
Federal Government has approved the ninth and last evacuation flight for Nigerians stranded in the United States due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, announced this in a statement dated August 10, 2020, on behalf of the country’s missions in the U.S.
According to the statement, the flight is scheduled to convey the evacuees from New Jersey on August 20 to both Abuja and Lagos.
This would come after the seventh and eight evacuation flights scheduled for August 15 and 19 respectively from Houston, Texas, to Lagos.
The government had so far evacuated 1,739 stranded Nigerian citizens in six special flights from the U.S. which is witnessing a second wave of coronavirus infections.
That country’s COVID-19 tallies as at Tuesday morning at 5,255,392 infections with 166,345 deaths, according to data compiled by the John Hopkins University of Medicine.
While Nigeria’s total COVID-19 toll stood at 46,867 infections and 950 deaths, according to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).