Zhou Pingjian, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Nigeria, said on Monday that the embassy had stopped the issuance of visas to Nigerians. He said the move is to protect other nationals visiting China.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that he also advised Nigerians planning to travel to China to suspend their plans pending when the spread of the virus would be contained.
Life comes first. The Chinese Government is committed to safeguarding the lives and health of the Chinese people.
We will, in a responsible manner, safeguard the life of every foreign national in China and address their legitimate concerns in a timely manner.
We will continue to strengthen communication and coordination with the international community and work hand in hand for the epidemic prevention and control.
He added that a total of 60 Nigerians are living in Wuhan, where the virus started. He also said that no Nigerian in China had been infected.