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JUST IN: Canada lifts ban on travel from Nigeria, nine other African countries

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Canada has lifted the ban imposed on foreign travelers from ten African countries, including Nigeria.

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos made this known at a news conference on Friday, saying the lifting of the ban will take effect from Saturday, December 18.

Recall Canadian authorities, following the detection of Omicron cases, had placed a travel ban on flights from Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Malawi and Egypt.

However, the country has withdrawn the travel restriction, while reimposed testing, warning that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 risks quickly overwhelming hospitals.

“But with Omicron now spreading within Canada it is no longer needed,” Duclos said.

The minister added that pre-arrival negative PCR tests for all travelers would also be reinstated as of December 21, while repeating a government warning earlier this week that “now is not the time to travel.”

As of Friday, officials said laboratory tests have confirmed nearly 350 cases of the Omicron variant across Canada.

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