FG Proposes full Closure of schools Nationwide if COVID-19 cases continue to rise
February 2, 20210301
As the number of Covid-19 cases in Nigeria continues to rise sharply, with the NCDC recording a total of 676 new cases yesterday, the PTF National incident manager, Mukhtar Mohammed has threatned to shut down all schools in the country if the cases continue to increase.
“The issue of school reopening is something that the PTF has discussed very extensively. The ministry of education decided to open the schools. Based on our own understanding, it was the states that actually wanted to have the schools reopened.
“Now, the PTF is watching this very closely, we are monitoring what is going on and if we find out that cases continue to rise in the country and we start to have incidences in schools, certainly, we will have the schools closed.In the first instance, we should have delayed opening of the schools but now that the schools are opened, the PTF will continue to monitor very closely with all the schools to ensure that they institute measures and ensure that people follow as much as possible.” he said further.
Nigeria has so far recorded a total of 131,918 new cases, which includes 106,275 discharged cases and 1,607 deaths.