Nigeria shuts UK High Commission after diplomats test positive for COVID-19

Nigeria shuts UK High Commission after diplomats test positive for COVID-19

Nigeria on Thursday closed the High Commission in London, United Kingdom, following reports that its officials tested positive for COVID-19.

According to THEWILL, the development was contained in a circular passed by the commission informing of the closure, which will last 10 days beginning from Thursday, when the strains of the virus were detected in the Diplomats.

Sources said that the infections were detected when the Nigerian officials visited the UK Home office for a meeting.

After they were all subjected to mandatory COVID-19 tests at the entrance, many of the officials tested positive for the virus.

The commission, however, failed to disclose their identities and ranks.

In the 12th August 2021 memo, titled, "Closure of Nigeria High Commission, London," the country's Embassy to UK detailed circumstances leading to the move.

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

"At the entrance, COVID test was administered on them and one of them tested positive to COVID-19. 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 all officials of the mission, after which another official of the Mission 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.

"While the High Commission regrets any inconvenience that this may have caused, we solicit the cooperation of the general public."

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