Chinese embassy suspends issuance of visas to Nigerians

The Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, says the embassy has suspended the issuance of visas to Nigerians.

According to the ambassador, the move is part of efforts being carried out to contain the coronavirus outbreak .

Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari had sent a message of encouragement and support to his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping amidst the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak.

Buhari, said it is important to let China know that Nigeria is standing by them amidst the outbreak.

In a note published by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu on Sunday, Buhari said China has been “exceptionally supportive of Nigeria and Africa,” hence the support.

While commending China for its efforts to contain the spread of the virus, he said based on what it has seen China do concerning the outbreak, he is certain that the “nightmare” will pass soon.

Chinese stock markets plunged on Monday morning as investors absorbed the news that coronavirus cases had increased in recent days. Markets had been closed since 23 January for the lunar new year and the falls – including by 7.7% on the Shanghai stock exchange composite index – were not surprising, after share prices elsewhere dropped on the expectation that the virus, which has prompted bans on public gatherings in many Chinese cities and total lockdown of others, would batter economic activity.

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