The Nigerian embassy in Mexico has been closed for seven days due to a new outbreak of COVID-19 that has infected six embassy employees.

The closure, which begins Monday (today), was ordered by Nigerian Ambassador to Mexico, Adejare Bello.

The ambassador confirmed that the affected employees are currently receiving maximum care and added that they are in good hands with the appropriate medical staff who have assured him that the situation is under control.

The Ambassador’s Special Adviser to Media, Abimbola Tooki, made this known on Sunday in a statement titled, “The Nigerian Embassy in Mexico is closed due to a new outbreak of COVID-19.”

The statement read in part: “The mission closure is to prevent further spread of the virus. Since the outbreak of the virus, a total of 6.82 million cases with 328,000 deaths have been recorded in Mexico so far.

“Bello has disclosed that relevant departments such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja and Mexico have been duly notified of this development.

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“The temporary closure will make it possible to disinfect the embassy and take all other precautions while the closure lasts, according to the ambassador.

“Bello has also announced that all work-at-home officers and local mission personnel have been instructed to work from home pending further guidance.

“Mexico has administered at least 209 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to date. Assuming each person needs two doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 82.2% of the country’s population. The temporary closure will allow the embassy to be fumigated in addition to other precautions.”

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