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US evacuates 997 citizens over COVID-19

The United State Mission in Nigeria says it has successfully evacuated 997 Americans to reunite with family and friends during this time of unprecedented challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, the U.S Mission in Nigeria, explains that three U.S. Consulate-organized chartered flights operated by Delta Air Lines and Ethiopian Airlines repatriated 850 American citizens from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos to the United States in addition to the 147 U.S. citizens.

These repatriation flights according to the Mission were made possible by a tremendous effort by the U.S. Consulate team and great cooperation from Nigerian partners, including the Ministry of Aviation, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, the Nigeria Immigration Service, and the Lagos State Government.

It noted that the State Department’s effort to bring Americans home during the COVID-19 pandemic has required a remarkable diplomatic and logistical effort.

As of April 8, 2020, the Department of State has coordinated the repatriation of 50,339 Americans from 94 countries since January 29, 2020.

United States Consul General Claire Pierangelo noted that in times of emergency, the United States Department of State has no greater priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas.

Claire Pierangeloed maintains that U.S. Mission remains committed to working closely with the Government of Nigeria and the various health authorities to keep everyone healthy and safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nosa Aituamen

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