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Breaking: Presidential Task Force warns over decision of reopening of schools


The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Nigeria has warned states against rushing to reopen schools saying such action have escalated COVID-19 management situation in other countries.

Secretary to the government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha, speaking on Monday August 31 in Abuja said it might be within the best interest of Nigeria to stay to it's slow phased easing of lockdown rules because it had been effective.

 It is within the above context that the PTF appreciates the on-going needs for re-opening of the education sector and indeed some sub-nationals are already making preparations for such.' Boss Mustapha said.

Whilst the PTF doesn't discourage making such preparations, we'd like to be guided by experiences from countries like Germany, France, the united states and also the UK where opening of schools in some cities led to a rise in confirmed cases and fatalities.”

He also said more sectors of the economy may soon be reopened, which the PTF would present its recommendations to President Muhammadu Buhari in the week , which can determine subsequent phase in the national response.

According to Boss, the last three weeks had shown a slowdown within the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases within the country, as within the last four months of testing, the lowest daily figure of confirmed cases (138) was reported on Sunday August 30th.

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