Coronavirus is on rampage! So far, we have witnessed no sign of a go-slow. As at *17th March 2020, over 200,000 people across the globe are infected. The virus has also killed more than 7,000 people. The pandemic started last year in China. It has now found its way into 80 countries and counting. According to WHO, covid-19 is the name of the sickness caused by coronavirus.
As a human race, we have experienced several death dealing respiratory virus threats. But the biggest threat from this current global pandemic is its wild fire run across the globe. It has now created an urgent need to inform travelers of health and safety tips. We have provided these tips below.
Coronavirus: Lagos VS Johannesburg
Nigeria and South Africa got served from Italy. The two countries have now recorded cases of persons who have tested positive to the virus. South Africa has conducted more than 2900 tests. 116 confirmed cases of people have tested positive to the novel coronavirus. In Nigeria, over 60 people are in isolation. So far, 3 people tested positive to the virus. Out of the 3 cases, 2 has been successfully treated and discharged.
Without a doubt, South Africa and Nigeria has been dealt a big blow. The virus has hit the socio-economic activities in both countries. In South Africa, schools are closed. Most of its borders are also locked and gatherings more than 100 people are strictly prohibited. Travel restrictions to and from countries such as the US, UK, Italy, China, Germany, etc are now in force. But what does this mean for travelers who shuttle Lagos and Johannesburg? How do you keep yourself safe? And where do you get up to date information about this pandemic? We have addressed all of these questions. And also listed below are safety tips to bear in mind while traveling from johannesburg to Lagos or vice versa. This advisory is based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Nigerian Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) and the South African Department of Health.
Lagos to Jozi Coronavirus Travel Tips
1. Unnecessary travel should be suspended especially to affected countries.
2. If you are sick, it is advisable to avoid traveling. This is especially important for elderly travelers. People with underlying medical conditions and or chronic health problems must take precautions.
3. Self-isolate for 14 days upon returning from international travel.
4. Maintain a safe distance of about 2 meters (5 feet) from any person exhibiting flu symptoms.
5. Practice good personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds if soiled. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer if hands are not soiled. Clean and disinfect frequently-used objects and surfaces. Proper cough etiquette is also encouraged. Antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizers are permitted in the aircraft.
6. Wear face masks only if you are sick.
7. The free change of booking for flight tickets on South African Airways (SAA) due to Covid-19 does not apply to Lagos or Johannesburg bound passengers.
8. You will find updates on the latest developments on Covid-19 in Nigeria on ncdc.gov.ng. Toll free number for NCDC is 0800 970 000 0010. SMS on 08099555577 and WhatsApp is 07087110839. These lines are available 24 hours a day from Monday to Sunday.
9. SACoronavirus.co.za provides online resource and news portal for coronavirus in South Africa. Emergency hotline in South Africa is 0800 029 999 while the WhatsApp support line is 0600 123456.
The whole world is going through a difficult health crisis. Nigeria and South Africa are no exception. The above health and safety tips will help ensure we all stay safe while traveling.
Meanwhile, how are you coping? Please share your Covid-19 survival tips with us in the comment section.
*Figures in this article reflect estimates as at the 17th of March, 2020.