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Schools’ resumption date remains January 18 – PTF on COVID

The PTF on COVID-19 has said schools will still resume on January 18 unless the Ministry of Education makes a contrary announcement.

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The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has stated that schools in the country will still resume on January 18 till the Ministry of Education makes a contrary announcement.

Contrary to the report across some media platforms that the Federal Government has postponed school resumption from January 18 indefinitely, the PTF explained that though it is meeting several stakeholders on schools re-opening, the government has not shifted the resumption date.

This was disclosed by the PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, on Tuesday during a television programme.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had earlier explained that government may review the date but that the decision had not yet been taken and the review would be attributed to the second wave of COVID-19 currently ravaging the country.

Aliyu responding to questions on Tuesday said, “As regards schools, I just want to make a clarification, what the minister said yesterday was that they were going to review, he didn’t say that they were going to change the date. He said they will review the situation and let the nation know.

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“So, for the moment, it is still 18th January until the ministry of education comes back either with an alternative date or reconfirm that.”

What it means: This means that there are chances that the government may shift the resumption date if the daily COVID cases increase between now and Friday, January 15, 2021.

What you should know

  • On Sunday, January 9, Nairametrics reported that the total number of covid-19 cases in Nigeria has surpassed the 100,000 mark, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
  • The national case count had risen to 100,087 confirmed cases and 1,358 covid related deaths after the NCDC reported 1,024 new cases of the disease across 17 states of the federation.
  • Ten days into the New Year, Nigeria has already recorded 12,508 new cases of Covid-19, which is only 37% short of 19,980 cases recorded in December 2020 and 166% more than 4,704 recorded in November 2020.

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  1. Chukwu chika Victoria

    January 14, 2021 at 7:30 am

    I really appreciate the FG for their efforts for school resumption in Nigeria

  2. Muhammed

    January 14, 2021 at 11:43 am

    We are tied of staying at home please

    • TAYE

      January 14, 2021 at 4:05 pm

      YES OOOOOOO

  3. Neo

    January 14, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    School should not resume the amount of case are getting worst by the day

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BREAKING: Nigeria records highest number of daily covid-19 cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced that 1,867 new cases of the covid-19 was recorded on Friday

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Friday 15th January 2021,  announced that 1,867 new cases of the covid-19 virus were recorded across 24 states in the country.

This represents the highest number of cases recorded in a single day. It also represents a 26.23% surge compared to 1,479 cases recorded on Thursday, 14th January 2021.

According to the NCDC, the cases were recorded across 24 states, with Lagos State recording the highest with 713 new cases, representing 38.2% of the total daily cases.

Others include: Plateau (273), FCT (199), Kaduna (117), Oyo (79), Enugu (58), Ondo (53), Kano (49), Sokoto (43), Ogun (37), Osun (37), Nasarawa (36), Rivers (28), Benue (24), Delta (24), Niger (24), Gombe (18), Edo (15), Taraba (12), Bayelsa (10), Ekiti (9), Borno (6), Zamfara (2), Jigawa (1).

The latest figure brings the total number of cases to date to 107,345 and 1,413 recorded deaths. A total of 84,535 patients have been discharged so far, while 21,397 patients are still on admission.

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 15th of January 2021, 1,867 new confirmed cases and 8 deaths were recorded in Nigeria

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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 107,345 confirmed cases.

On the 15th of January 2021, 1,867 new confirmed cases and 8 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

To date, 107,345 cases have been confirmed, 84,535 cases have been discharged and 1,413 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 1.13 million tests have been carried out as of January 15th, 2021 compared to 1.03 million tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 15th January 2021,

  • Total Number of Cases – 107,345
  • Total Number Discharged – 84,535
  • Total Deaths – 1,413
  • Total Tests Carried out – 1,135,535

According to the NCDC, the 1,867 new cases were reported from 24 states- Lagos (713), Plateau (273), FCT (199), Kaduna (117), Oyo (79), Enugu (58), Ondo (53), Kano (49), Sokoto (43), Ogun (37), Osun (37), Nasarawa (36), Rivers (28), Benue (24), Delta (24), Niger (24), Gombe (18), Edo (15), Taraba (12), Bayelsa (10), Ekiti (9), Borno (6), Zamfara (2), Jigawa (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 39,262, followed by Abuja (14,338), Plateau (6,420), Kaduna (6,005),  Oyo (4,649), Rivers (4,214), Edo (3,204), Ogun (2,782), Kano (2,561), Delta (2,086), Ondo (2,059), Katsina (1,692), Enugu (1,583), Kwara (1,566), Gombe (1,489), Nasarawa (1,269), Osun (1,186), Ebonyi (1,159), Abia (1,114), and Bauchi (1,107).

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Borno State has recorded 850 cases, Imo (810), Benue (653), Sokoto (645), Bayelsa (598), Akwa Ibom (588), Adamawa (540), Niger (532), Anambra (460), Ekiti (459), Jigawa (424), Taraba (258), Kebbi (240), Yobe (207), Cross River (169),  Zamfara (162), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

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Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

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On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State announced the closed down of the Eti-Osa Isolation Centre, with effect from Friday, 31st July 2020. He also mentioned that the Agidingbi Isolation Centre would also be closed and the patients relocated to a large capacity centre.

Due to the increased number of covid-19 cases in Nigeria, the Nigerian government ordered the reopening of Isolation and treatment centres in the country on Thursday, 10th December 2020.

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No talks of a second lockdown – FG

FG has stated that contrary to what is being rumoured on social media, there is no consideration of a second lockdown.

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The Federal Government has said that Nigeria is not contemplating another lockdown and urged Nigerians to ignore social media posts circulating the possibility of another lockdown.

This was disclosed by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in a series of social media posts on Thursday evening.

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  • “The attention of the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19 has been drawn to some mis-information circulating on the social media to the effect that the Federal Government is contemplating another lockdown this weekend.
  • ” The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 wishes to state categorically that there is no such consideration at any of its meetings nor has any recommendation been made to this effect to the President.”

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The PTF said such announcements are unpatriotic and could cause unnecessary panic and anxiety among the populace and urged Nigerians to disregard the misinformation and join hands with the FG to contain the spread of the virus in the country by adhering to Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPI’s) as recommended by the PTF.

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What you should know

  • Recall Nairametrics reported that President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed in October 2020 that the Nigerian economy is too fragile to go into another lockdown, as the second wave of coronavirus has already forced some European countries – Germany and France, to enter another phase of lockdown.
  • Nigeria surpassed the 100,000 mark for COVID-19 cases on Sunday 10th January 2021, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

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