The Chairman of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha , has warned states like Lagos State against reopening schools .
NAIJA NEWS NG reports that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), issued the warning on Monday , August 1 while speaking in Abuja the Federal Capital territory .
Boss Mustapha urged state governments to stick to the original slow phased easing of lockdown regulations because it has been effective.
Read his words :
“It is in the above context that the PTF appreciates the on-going calls for re-opening of the education sector and indeed some sub-nationals are already making preparations for such.’ Boss Mustapha said.
“Whilst the PTF does not discourage making such preparations, we need to be guided by experiences from countries such as Germany, France, the United States and the UK where opening of schools in some cities led to an increase in confirmed cases and fatalities.”
He also said more sectors of the economy may soon be reopened, and that the PTF would present its recommendations to President Muhammadu Buhari this week, which will determine the next phase in the national response.
According to Boss, the last three weeks had shown a slowdown in the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in the country, as in the last four months of testing, the lowest daily figure of confirmed cases (138) was reported on Sunday August 30th.