The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has threatened that schools across the country will be shut if the cases of COVID-19 continues to spike.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has yesterday reported 676 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.
The newly reported cases bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 131,918 which includes 106,275 discharged cases and 1,607 deaths.
PTF National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Muhammed, stated this in a recent interview with NTA. In his words,
“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.”