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Covid-19: FCT Active Cases Surpass Lagos

The number of active COVID- 19 cases in the Federal Capital Territory has surpassed Lagos State , which hitherto was identified as the epicentre of the outbreak in the country.

The COVID- 19 situation report by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for August 2 showed that Lagos had 12 , 915 cases, while the FCT had 2 , 759 .

However , the NCDC, in its COVID- 19 Situation Report released on Thursday , stated that Abuja , which had 4 , 241 confirmed cases , was reported to have discharged 1 , 231 and recorded 45 deaths with 2 , 965 active cases.

On the other hand, Lagos , which recorded 15 , 627 confirmed cases, was reported to have discharged 13,119, while 192 deaths and 2,316 active cases were recorded in the state .

This indicates that Lagos recorded a 557 per cent reduction in active cases between August 2 and 6 , while the FCT showed a 7 . 4 per cent increase.

Covid-19: Buhari Orders Mandatory Usage of Facemasks Throughout Federation

President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated the state governments and the FCT to enforce non-pharmaceutical guidelines, primarily the use of face masks, in public appearance and places.

This was made known to the public by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, during the taskforce briefing in Abuja.

Mustapha said that prior to the Sallah break, the PTF informed the nation that the 6th Interim Report and recommendations would be submitted to Mr. President for his consideration and approval.

He then said that the PTF team met with the President on Wednesday 5th August 2020 to brief him of the situation on COVID-19 and the next steps.

He said that the recommendations made to the President were borne out of the diligent evaluation of the situation in Nigeria as well as regional and global experiences and that the considerations were also guided by the three thematic areas movement, industry, and labor; and community activities.

Mustapha further said that after due consideration of the recommendations, Mr. President approved the maintaining the current phase of the National Response to COVID-19 for another four weeks in line with the modifications reflected in the report; partnering with states and local governments to improve community sensitisation and engagement to the COVID-19 response.

He also said that the President has mandated state authorities and the FCT to enforce non-pharmaceutical guidelines, primarily the use of face masks in public appearance and places; encouraging state governments to collaborate with local government authorities to intensify necessary measures such as contact tracing, grassroots mobilisation and risk communication; and Strengthening of collaboration with other mandate groups at Federal/State levels to harmonise the country’s COVID-19 response, on the short, medium and long-term basis.

Covid-19: Family Curses Trump, Others Over Man’s Death

A family in the United States of America has blamed the country’s President, Donald Trump and Greg Abbott, governor of Taxas for the lost of a member to Covid-19 complications.

The family who lives in Texas, in an obituary published said the death of their dear one, David Negy, 79 was needless as he “did everything he was supposed to do” and added that the blame is on the selfish people who failed to observe Covid-19 safety and Guidelines.

The obituary also read that also to be blamed are the many ignorant, self centered and selfish people who refused to follow the advice of the medical practitioners, believing their ‘right’ not to wear a mask was more important than killing innocent people.

It further shamed all those faulting the Covid-19 guidelines and say may karma find them all.

The wife of the deceased, David Stacey, was reported to have said only if she had been allowed to stay close by her husband, there was no way he could die.

She added that it got her so angry that people are aren’t taking this virus seriously and that the people who are dying are the older people especially — a lot of younger people are dying too — but it’s almost like they’re saying, ‘Who cares about the older people?’

The wife further said that she has been with her husband for 20 years and all of a sudden he’s gone. She added that people should know how this makes others feel and that was the reason why she published the obituary and partially help kept her husband alive for her.

David Negy died on July 22, 2020 at the old age of 79.

So far, more than four million people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the US, out of which over 150,000 deaths have been recorded.

School Reopening: PTF Announces Date For Full Resumption, Orders Students With Covid-19 Symptoms To Stay At Home

Students with Covid-19 symptoms has been ordered not to resume as schools partially begin this week.

The order was made by the Presidential Task Force on COVID- 19 national coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu during a press briefing.

He also faulted state governments asking students to produce results of their COVID- 19 tests before resumption.

The PTF coordinator said instead of compulsory test , which would only be valid for the period the test was conducted, students already showing symptoms of the virus should be asked to stay away.

Aliyu further noted that in preparation for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination , the SSS 3 students in Ogun and Benue have resumed yesterday, while their counterparts in Kano and Ekiti will resume on August 10 .

He also announced that the PTF would on Thursday release new protocols in the next phase of efforts to curtail further spread of coronavirus in the country .

Breaking: FG Orders ‘Exit Classes’ To Resume Next Week, WAEC Starts August 17

The Nigeria Government has ordered schools in the country to reopen for graduating pupils and students next week Tuesday, 4th August and also announced that this year ’ s West African Senior School Certificate Examination would commence on August 17 .

This was contained in a statement signed by the Director , Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong.
In the statement titled, ‘ Exit Classes To Reopen August 4 th ’ , the ministry said the agreed dates were part of the resolution reached after a consultative meeting with the education commissioners of the 36 states of the federation and other stakeholders.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that the FG initially announced that the 2020 WASSCE would start on August 4 through September 5 but later
cancelled the planned reopening of schools for graduating pupils citing health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic which had necessitated the closure of schools across the country since March .
However ,

The statement explained that Secondary schools in the country are to reopen from the 4 th of August 2020 for exit classes only and Students will have two weeks with which to prepare for the West African Examinations due to start on the 17 th of August 2020 .

It further said that these were the unanimous decisions reached today at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Honourable Commissioners of Education of the 36 states , the Nigerian Union of Teachers , the proprietors of private schools and the Chief Executives of examination bodies.

was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from the 4 th of August 2020 , to enable them to prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17 th of August 2020 .
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It was also gathered in the statement that the meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on Covid – 19 and public – spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable them fast – track the preparation for safe reopening , as agreed .

Also another meeting would to be convened tomorrow between the Federal Ministry of Education and the Chief Executives of examination bodies namely, NECO , NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonise their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education.

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