The High Commission of Canada to Nigeria, on Monday, April 6, 2020, confirmed that some of its nationals have been airlifted back home amid the coronavirus crisis.
Ethiopian Airlines took about 200 Canadians from Lagos and Abuja to Toronto with a B767 Aircraft.
The mission gave the update via its Twitter account @HCCanNigeria.
Aujourd'hui, nous avons aidé 200 voyageurs à retourner au Canada avec le soutien des autorités nigérianes. Nous attendons avec impatience le jour où nous pourrons recommencer à faire des allers-retours pour continuer à tisser des liens entre les gens des deux pays. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/VwXihWUnVO
— Canada au Nigéria (@HCCanNigeria) April 6, 2020
“Today we helped almost 200 travelers return to Canada with support from Nigerian authorities. We look forward to the day when we can resume full movement back and forth to keep building people-to-people ties”, the tweet read.
Also, @TravelGoC, the Twitter account of the Canadian government travel advice, said citizens of Ukraine, Thailand, Djibouti, and India were also returned home on Monday.
— Travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) April 7, 2020
“14 days is mandatory for anyone who returns to Canada”, the tweet added.
Similarly, Ethiopian Airlines evacuated 385 Americans to Washington D.C.
They were transported with a B777-300 aircraft from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Other countries that have ferried their citizens out of Nigeria or in the process are Egypt, France, Israel, and Germany.
The global pandemic originated from Wuhan in China in December 2019.
COVID-19 has claimed 75,000 lives and affected over 1.3million people.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, put the number of coronavirus cases at 238.