The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) on Wednesday advised citizens of Nigeria resident in China “to be careful and take necessary precautions by staying indoors more.
The advisory is sequel to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which has killed at least 132 people and infected 3,554 people in China.
Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of the commission in a statement issued by Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media and Public Relations Unit of the commission urged Nigerians living in China to do all they can to avoid the coronavirus infection by embracing all available safety precautions as advised by the Chinese health ministry.
“It is important to advise Nigerians in China to be careful and to take necessary precautions by staying indoors more for now,” she advised.
She also stressed the need for them to avoid crowded and enclosed areas as well as close contact with people with a cold.
Dabiri-Erewa further advised them to avoid eating uncooked meat and animal products for now and to always wash their hands regularly with soap to maintain personal hygiene.
“While some are worried that they may run out of goods and other household stuff as a result of movement restrictions, I want to assure you that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is monitoring the situation,” she said
The new coronavirus, which originated in China recently, found its way to the shores of the United States.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), confirmed the development in a statement on its website on Tuesday.
It said the virus had been diagnosed in a traveler, who arrived in Washington on Jan. 15 from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where it broke out in December.