The Federal Government has warned some state governments that are over-eager to re-open schools to be wary of the potency of the Coronavirus..
Noting that COVID-19 remains dangerous, the Government stressed the need for everyone to stay the course and stick with the winning strategy which is anchored on the ability of the health institutions to contain the virus.
Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr, Boss Mustapha, gave the caution note on Monday at the 62nd joint national briefing of the task force in Abuja.
Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), added: “While citizens wear facemasks properly, stay away from crowded places, avoid mass gatherings, maintain simple hygienic practices and as much as possible protect the elderly and most vulnerable to this pandemic. It is in the above context that the PTF appreciates the on-going calls for re-opening of the education sector and indeed some sub-nationals are already making preparations for such”.
“Whilst the PTF does not discourage making such preparations, we need to be guided by experiences from countries such as Germany, France, the United States and the UK where opening of schools in some cities led to an increase in confirmed cases and fatalities,” Mr Mustapha said.
Mustapha disclosed that the task force would submit the seventh Interim Report to President Muhammadu Buhari “and would be guided by his directives on the next phase;, adding that the decisions and approval would be transmitted at the national briefing on September 3.
The task force chairman noted that as the nation entered the last few days of the extended eased lockdown phase of the Nation’s National Response this week, “the PTF, like the global community, was confronted with a series of emerging new developments around the characteristics of the COVID-19 pandemic”.
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