181 students, staff of Lagos school contract COVID-19

The Lagos State Government has confirmed one hundred and eighty one positive COVID-19 cases in a private boarding school in Lekki. The Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, who made this known said one hundred and eighty one students and staff members of a private school located in a suburb of Lekki tested positive for COVID19 during surveillance and case investigation in the school. Giving details of the investigation, Professor Abayomi explained that a 14-year-old SS1 female student fell ill on the 3rd of this month and was sent home…

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FG okays restart of sports activities, bars fans

The Federal Government has okayed the restart of non-contact sporting activities including football. According to the government, this would be effective Monday, October 19, 2020. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this during a briefing in Abuja on Thursday. Sporting activities have been banned since March this year as part of measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. But speaking on Thursday in Abuja, Aliyu said, “The lifting of restriction on outdoor activities including football is in line with earlier consultations…

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COVID-19: Lagos announces reopening of all classes

The Lagos State Government has fixed October 19 for the resumption of all categories of students in the state. This is contained in a statement issued on Monday afternoon by the state’s commissioner for education, Folasade Adefisayo. The statement, which was signed by the spokesperson for the education ministry, Kayode Abayomi, however, appealed to the management of both private and public schools in the state to ensure adherence to safety guidelines and protocols. It added that the resumption, which is for the commencement of the 2020/2021 academic session, will now…

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School’s resumption: Zamfara trains 2000 SUBEB officials on COVID-19 protocols

The Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board (ZSUBEB) has started the training of 2000 officials to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 protocols when its schools re-open in November.The Board’s Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Maradun, who disclosed this in Gusau on Monday, said that the training was part of the state government’s preparations towards reopening schools in the state.The government had recently announced November 1st, as the resumption date for primary and secondary schools across the state.Maradun said that the training was part of the government measures to ensure adherence to COVID-19…

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COVID-19: States responsible for safe reopening of schools – PTF

The Federal Government has said that the safe reopening of schools with respect to dates and modalities is the responsibility of the states. Boss Mustapha, Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, in a briefing of the taskforce in Abuja on Monday, said that the federal government would only provide necessary guidelines for the reopening. A debate on the safe reopening of schools had dominated the space of conversation by concerned Nigerians. He said, “We wish to reiterate that federating units have the responsibility of determining the dates and modalities…

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COVID-19: More people returning to agriculture than other businesses – NBS

The agriculture sector showed the highest increase in people returning to work in July and August, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said. The NBS disclosed this in its fourth COVID-19 impact monitoring report. Details of the impact monitoring report said the increase is mostly due to the harvesting season. “Despite the fact that many non-farm family businesses have reopened since the start of the crisis, some of these businesses closed again between July and August,” it said. The NBS said as of August, about 35 per cent of…

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Another Nigerian striker tests positive for COVID-19

A few days after helping his club, US Monastir, to win their first-ever silverware beating Esperance 2-0 in the Tunisian Cup final, Nigerian striker, Anthony Okpotu, has tested positive for coronavirus. Okpotu, a former top scorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League, announced his positive status on his Twitter page on Friday with a promise that he would be back stronger. He emerged top scorer in the recently concluded Tunisian Ligue 1 with 13 goals which helped his team finish in third place. He wrote: “Season don finish, make person…

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FG orders reopening of all schools

The Federal government has directed that all schools should be reopened and must adhere to the guidelines for the reopening of schools. Schools across the country were closed in March as part of steps to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, made the announcement that schools should reopen during a press briefing in Abuja on Friday. He advised all institutions to obey and adhere to the guidelines for the reopening of schools, earlier announced by the presidential task force, which include the use of face…

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Shares, oil prices plummet after Trump contracts COVID-19

Oil prices extended losses to about 3 percent on Friday, after US President Donald Trump said he tested positive for COVID-19. Trump tweeted news of his positive result, just hours after the White House announced that Hope Hicks, one of his aides, had come down with the virus after travelling with the president several times this week. Brent crude slipped on the Trump news and was down $1.12, or 2.7 percent, at $39.81 a barrel by 0710 GMT. U.S. oil was also down $1.12, or 2.9%, at $37.60. US and…

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COVID-19: Indonesia digs 6,000 additional graves as deaths continue to rise

The Indonesian authorities have commenced the digging of 6,000 additional graves for COVID-19 victims. The burial site, which spreads across a two-hectare plot of land, is located at the Rorotan public cemetery in the northern part of Jakarta, capital of Indonesia. Jakarta remains the epicentre of Indonesia’s COVID-19 outbreak, while the country is the worst-hit across Southeast Asia. Hari Nugroho, head of Jakarta Bina Marga road agency, said the administration is preparing the land as COVID-19 deaths have continued to rise. He said the project started on September 17 and…

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