COVID-19: Nigeria High Commission suspends passport issuance

The Nigeria High Commission in Ottawa, Canada, on Tuesday stated that it had suspended passport processing for Nigerians in numerous Canadian communities, to stop the unfold of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The fee stated in an announcement made accessible to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that the suspension was indefinite.

It stated that it might nevertheless proceed to subject Emergency Travel Certificates (ETC) and visas to candidates that wanted to journey urgently.

“This measure is consistent with the Canadian authorities’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’s guideline of ‘social distancing’ as a ‘community mitigation strategy’ to restrict the unfold of COVID-19.

“It is a acutely aware effort by authorities to scale back contact between individuals and hopefully stem neighborhood transmission of the virus.

“Applicants for ETC and visas ought to, as traditional, ahead their purposes by mail, attaching the related paperwork.

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“The ETC or visa would be processed and mailed back to the applicants accordingly,” the assertion learn partially.

The fee due to this fact enjoined Nigerians in Canada to stick to the COVID-19-related pointers supplied by Canadian well being authorities of their communities.

NAN reviews that Canada recorded no fewer than 324 confirmed circumstances and 4 deaths from Coronavirus throughout the provinces on Monday.

The confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 in Canada on Monday compelled Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to announce the closure of the nation’s borders to non-citizens or non-permanent residents.

Canada’s new measure was nevertheless not directed at residents of the United States, the place about 4,482 confirmed circumstances and 86 fatalities from Coronavirus was reported on Tuesday.

The U.S. has additionally shut its borders particularly towards European international locations.

(NAN)

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