Passengers gather as they check in their luggage at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria Sept 30, 2022. (TEMILADE ADELAJA / REUTERS)

LAGOS / MOSCOW – Nigeria on Monday removed COVID-19 testing requirements for international travelers and it was no longer mandatory to wear masks on flights and inside airport buildings, the airlines regulator said.

In a notice to airlines, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority said travelers to and from Nigeria did not need to undergo COVID-19 irrespective of their vaccination status.

The authority said travelers above 60 years and those with comorbidities were encouraged to use face masks.

Nigeria has recorded 266,381 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic and 3,155 deaths.

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Russia has registered 5,977 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide tally to 21,677,505, the official monitoring and response center said on Tuesday.

The nationwide death toll increased by 59 to 392,720, and the number of recoveries grew by 6,838 to 21,073,454, the center said.