Coronavirus: Nigeria at risk as 120,000 Chinese nationals visit annually

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Nigerians who visit Chinese cities are prone to the deadly disease and may likely spread  it to others on arrival in the country if stringent measures are not taken at the airports and other border points.

According to reports, about 120,000 Chinese nationals visit Nigeria annually mainly to explore business and other economic opportunities in agriculture, solid mineral exploration and mining.

Meanwhile, President of the China Chambers of Commerce in Nigeria, Ye Shuijin said 160 Chinese firms operating in the country had employed over 200,000 Nigerians, many of whom are sent to China for training and seminars from time to time.

Also, no fewer than 30,000 Nigerians travel to different Chinese cities every year for business or tourism.

Findings also reveal that about 60,000 Chinese nationals are living in different cities in Nigeria. Many of them also travel to their home country regularly during festive seasons such as the Spring Festival holding on Saturday.

Reports has shown that China went into lockdown on Friday after authorities and business owners scrambled to shut tourist attractions and public transport systems as part of efforts to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Major festivities all over the country have been cancelled, including those at Beijing’s Forbidden City, a major tourist destination, and fairs and carnivals in Beijing and Hong Kong.

 




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