Anambra State Government has issued a travel advisory urging its citizen to shun travelling to China for now following the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus.
This is even as world health officials across the globe are battling to contain the spread of the deadly disease to other parts of the world.
The government in a statement by its commissioner for information and public enlightenment, Mr Don Adinuba said: “the state government decided to issue this advisory to its people, “fully aware of our reputation as easily the most travelled Nigerians, if not Africans.”
The statement added, “We advise all Ndi Anambra not to travel to the city of Wuhan, China, for now, despite its allure as an industrial and transportation hub.
“Any Anambra entrepreneur or traveller who has been to Wuhan in central China in the past three weeks is hereby advised to make use of our remedial measures by reporting to the Ministry of Health, Awka.
“Our screening facilities are available free-of-charge for all who feel somewhat endangered by the new highly contagious disease.
“The Anambra State Government notes that the Coronavirus has been confirmed to have spread to 16 countries in Asia, North America and Asia. It may well have reached Cote d’Ivoire.
“In view of this development, the Government advises those who travel abroad to maintain high hygienic standards by, among other things, washing their hands regularly. They should, in addition, maintain minimum physical contact with people they meet.
“The safety and comfort of every Anambra person, whether at home or abroad, will remain on the priority list of the Governor Willie Obiano administration.
“God bless all Ndi Anambra everywhere.”
Also, major legacy carriers in the aviation sector have either reduced or suspended flight operations to main land China.
British Airways joined other airlines like Cathay Pacific, Air Canada, Lion Air, Russia’s Urals Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Air France in suspending flight operation to china.
The Coronavirus, which started in Wuhan, has spread to other countries with confirmed 6,061 cases of the virus in mainland China, including 132 deaths, according to edition.cnn.com.