Nigeria Shuts UK High Commission As Diplomats Test Positive For COVID-19

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The Nigerian High Commission in London, United Kingdom (UK) has been shut after officials tested positive for COVID-19.

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A letter from the High Commission indicated that the closure will last 10 days, beginning from yesterday, August 12 when the strains of the deadly disease were detected in the diplomats.

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The High Commission, however, did not disclose the identity of the concerned officials nor their ranks.

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In the memo, titled, ‘Closure of Nigeria High Commission, London,’ dated August 12, the country’s High Commission in the United Kingdom detailed the circumstances that led to the closure.

It read: “This afternoon, the Head of Immigration Section and two other officials went for a meeting at the Home Office.

“At the entrance, COVID-19 test was administered on them and one of them tested positive. The affected officer immediately isolated while the other officials who tested negative will also isolate for the next 10 days.

“In response to this challenge, the Mission embarked on testing of all officials, after which another official tested positive.

“In line with COVID-19 regulation and the need to adhere to the rules and regulations of the host country, the Mission will close down for the next 10 days in order to observe the mandatory isolation of those who were in contact with the affected officials.”

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