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Nigeria extends closure of airports due to coronavirus spread

| Updated: May 11, 2020 10:58:50


Two men with protective face mask walks past a poster at Wuse market, as the authorities try to limit the spread of coronavirus in Abuja, Nigeria March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde Two men with protective face mask walks past a poster at Wuse market, as the authorities try to limit the spread of coronavirus in Abuja, Nigeria March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Nigerian airports will remain closed to international flights for another two weeks from Thursday as part of measures to control the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country, said aviation minister Hadi Sirika.

This is consequent upon the earlier extension of lockdown in Nigeria's main cities by President Muhammadu Buhari, said Sirika.

The Nigerian government introduced on March 23 the initial one month shut-down of all airports for international flights, as part of efforts to curb the spread of the pandemic, reports Xinhua.

The airports were due for reopening on April 23. But the new projected date for the reopening of the airports will now be subject to review, said Sirika.

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