Covid-19: 378 Europeans Quickly Evacuated From Nigeria, Other West African Countries, As The Coronavirus Takes Over Africa

A report by ThisDay, indicates that a chartered Air France flight evacuated 260 Europeans from Nigeria, and an additional 118 Europeans from other West African countries, through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, on Thursday, March 26.

According to the report, the British High Commission is also exploring options for sending its staff, dependants, and other Britons to the United Kingdom, UK.

The Air France flight was said to have landed in Lagos via Cotonou, with 118 passengers on board, at 3pm local time, on Thursday.

It was gathered that 260 passengers boarded the flight from Lagos, and the aircraft took off to Paris, at about 3:44pm local time.

The Federal Government had granted Air France and KLM one-week permission to evacuate European citizens from Nigeria.

The Airlines are also evacuating European citizens from the West Coast, because of the projection that Covid-19 spread in Africa, may spike in the coming days.

The Federal Government had approved for Air France to operate essential flights from Thursday, March 26, to Thursday, April 2.

The General Manager, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Mrs. Victoria Shinaba, confirmed that the Federal Government approved the flight to land, adding that, precautions were taken to limit contacts, as the Pilot and crew were not allowed to disembark, and the nationals were escorted to the plane.

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