Two Nigerian officials tested positive for covid-19 on Thursday, forcing the Nigerian Mission in London, United Kingdom, to close for ten days.
One of the Nigerian officials had gone to the UK Home Office for a meeting, when a test showed his status, prompting the Mission to test other members of staff, resulting in yet another positive case.
Following the event, the Mission announced that it will close for the next 10 days, in accordance with COVID-19 regulations and the requirement to follow the host country’s norms and regulations, in order to respect the obligatory isolation of individuals who had contact with the afflicted authorities.
“This afternoon, the Head of Immigration Section and two other employees left for a meeting at the Home Office,” the Mission stated in a statement headed ‘Closure of Nigerian High Commission, London.’
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“At the entry, they were given a Covid test, and one of them tested positive for COVID-19. The officer who was infected was placed on leave immediately, while the other officials who tested negative were likewise placed on leave for the next ten days.
“In response to this challenge, the Mission began testing all of its officials, following which one of the Mission’s officials tested positive.
“In accordance with COVID-19 regulations and the requirement to follow the host country’s norms and regulations, the Mission will be closed for the next 10 days to allow for the obligatory isolation of anyone who had contact with the impacted authorities.
“While the High Commission regrets any inconvenience this may have caused, we ask for the public’s assistance.”