Coronavirus: Lagos State to shut down all schools on Monday

Coronavirus: Lagos State to shut down all schools on Monday

The Lagos State Government is set to close down all public and private schools from Monday March 23, 2020; as part of preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, said in a statement that; the move became necessary to prevent children and their teachers from getting more vulnerable to the pandemic. Further, the statement advised parents to ensure that their children practise ‘social distancing’ while at home; wash their hands regularly or use hand sanitizers and observe high standards of personal hygiene.

“The closure is not intended to create panic but to arrest the spread of the disease; which has become a global threat. Children should be encouraged to remain at home,” the Commissioner said in the statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.

Additionally, she disclosed that the Lagos Incident Command Centre, headed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; would continue to trace all contacts of the identified cases.

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Nevertheless, the Commissioner encouraged anyone who has information about suspected cases of coronavirus to report to the nearest hospital; or call the emergency telephone numbers 08023169485, 08033565529, 08052817243 and 08023401214.


Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government yesterday banned all religious gatherings expected to consist of over 50 people within the state. Mainly affected are churches, mosques and other religious gatherings which usually draw sizeable attendances.

The decision was reached on Wednesday after a closed-door meeting between the Lagos State Government officials and religious leaders.

Equally important, the meeting was held at the Press Centre, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.

Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi, announced the development to newsmen. He said that the decision was taken in the interest of Lagosians. Further, he disclosed that it was necessary toward curbing the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.



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