Consequent to the increasing cases of the dreaded Corona Virus in Nigeria, the Lagos Government has announced the suspension of academic activities in all public and private schools in the state. This directive takes effect from Monday, March 23rd, 2020.
The suspension notice was contained in a statement released Wednesday, 18 March, 2020, by the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo, who said the decision was part of measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
In her words, “the move becomes necessary to prevent our children and their teachers from getting more vulnerable to the pandemic”.
She further added that “the closure is not intended to create panic” but to serve as a means of curbing the disease, assuring that the Lagos State Government will continue to trace “all contacts of the identified cases.” She advised parents and guardians to educate their wards on the practice social distancing while at home, as well as personal hygienic standards such as washing of their hands.
The state government had earlier on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after a meeting of stakeholders, suspended religious gatherings of more than 50 persons. The suspension would last for four weeks, subject to review as necessitated by developments.
Five new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded so far in Nigeria, with the country placing travel bans on travelers from 13 countries including the US, UK, China, South Korea, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Italy, Iran, Spain, Japan, France, and Netherland; the ban takes effect from Friday, March 20, 2020, and is expected to last for four weeks. Nigerians have also been advised to avoid traveling to those 13 countries.
COVID-19 was first reported in the Wuhan District of China, in December, 202, but has since spread to over 164 countries and territories around the globe.
The WHO has declared the outbreak a pandemic and its data base showed that there were over 194,000 confirmed cases and nearly 7,900 deaths around the world as at Wednesday evening.