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‘June 8 School Reopening, Not From Us’ FG

The federal government has described the purported reopening of schools on June 8 as a baseless news and however reeled out the procedures in place to reopen schools throughout the Federation.

This was made known by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba while reacting to the June 8 resumption news. He said the news is baseless and fake.

The Minister explained that schools will remain closed until it is safe four school goers to return home safely without bring back Covid-19. He also said the federal government is not ready to take the risk of reopening schools now.

He said the Federal Government will rely on the opinion of experts and the guidance of the World Health Organisation before announcing any school resumption dates.

Nwajiuba said government is working on a model to ensure that all the children did not return to their schools at the same time to ensure physical and social distancing as well as proper sanitation and hygiene.
The plan entails adopting a two-shift system and allowing those who will write exams to return earlier than others.

He urged state governments and owners of private schools to plan ahead on how to ensure maximum safety when the resumption plan is unveiled.

Flood Dashes Florida’s Reopening Hope

South Florida residents were unable to enjoy the reopening of restaurants and beaches after two months of coronavirus lockdown , when three straight days of rain Tuesday caused severe flooding in Miami and other coastal cities.

Floridians have received warnings for severe storms , tornadoes and flash floods since Sunday , as streets turned into rivers and electricity flickered.

Images of cars flooded up to their windows have circulated on social media , as well as photos of people kayaking through the streets of Miami .

Some people were even surfing , towed along by a rope attached to an SUV.

“ This is epic . Never had this much rain in 3 consecutive days in 8 years of living here . 10 . 58 ″ and counting… will be over a foot easily , ” tweeted Brian McNoldy, a hurricane and climatology expert at the University of Miami.

As of Tuesday night , there were no reports of damage.

The rain ruined the long Memorial Day weekend and prevented crowds from forming at the recently reopened restaurants and beaches in Broward County , north of Miami , that opened Tuesday.

The weather also puts at risk the launch , planned for Wednesday , of a rocket with two astronauts on board from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, in the center of the state.

Meanwhile , in northeast Florida , another disturbance producing storms has a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone , according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 , but this year it was pushed forward by Tropical Storm Arthur , which formed two weeks ago in the Atlantic Ocean and passed by the coast of Florida and the Carolinas .

[Video] Kano Distances Self from Video on Isolation Centre

The Government of Kano State has distanced its from a viral video showing that the Sani Abacha Stadium Isolation Centre has been ‘abandoned’.

In a statement from an official of the State Government, the state expressed displeasure in the manner that the video of the site of the Isolation Center was covered. The official claimed that the person who covered the site of the Isolation Center deliberately avoided filming the site workers at the site showing that the center was still under construction.

See the video below as provided by ChannelsTV:

Four Financial Effects of Covid-19 On Nigerians

Things are no longer the same all around due to the coronavirus pandemic. As at Monday night, more than five million cases have been recorded all over the world with thousands of people dying from it.

In Nigeria, as at Monday night, 8,068 people have contracted the virus with, with 233 deaths. There are fears that this figure will continue to rise, until a lasting solution is found.

The pandemic has also taken a toll on the finances of Nigerians. Here are four ways Nigerians are affected financially by the health crisis:

1. Increased fare

One measure to prevent contracting COVID-19 is social distancing. This means one has to be two-meters apart from the other person. Transporters have been forced to adhere to this “new” rule and as such they have increased the transport fare of the few passengers that board their vehicles.

2. More consumption of food

It is becoming increasingly difficult for people to eat three times in a day during coronavirus crisis. Prices of foodstuff are increased, leaving people with little or no income.

3. Salary cuts

This is one sad reality coronavirus has brought to many Nigerian workers. Companies and industries have explained the difficulties they are passing through to operate and have no option than to either lay off some staff or cut salaries. This has left a sour taste in the mouth of Nigerian workers.

4. Fewer working hours

The Federal Government has mandates offices to open only between 8am and 3pm, meaning people work less hours with fewer productivity. When productivity is lower, revenues will be affected, leading to salary cuts and less fulfilment.

Over 20 Covid-19 Positive Persons Refuse Government Isolation in Gombe

No fewer than 30 persons are said to have evaded evacuation into various isolation centres in Gombe State .

Chairman , Task force committee on COVID- 19 , Prof . Idris Mohammed , on Monday revealed that 12 people could be accounted for , leaving the task force with the burden of 18 people outside the confine of the isolation and treatment facilities .

He said , “ We have a total of 30 people yet to be evacuated in the state , out of the 30 , five are Adamawa indigenes ; we collected their samples and we gave them our epid numbers and they have since gone back to Adamawa State . But because of the epid numbers , they remain our cases on paper but in reality they are in Adamawa State.

“ Two others were traced to Kano State and we notified the state epidemiologist and they have been placed in isolation ; one other to Ogun, the state epidemiologist was called and another one was traced to Nasarawa State , we called the state epidemiologist and the last one to Borno state and he has been evacuated by the state.

“ Out of 20 people remaining , they are the ones we are having some challenges evacuating but we are making efforts . As of Sunday , we evacuated two .

The good thing is that as most of them are trying not to come , so they are in self isolation , they don ’ t come out in the open but the traditional rulers and political leaders where they reside are working with the task force to ensure they are evacuated, treated and discharged lawfully . ”

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