Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous state closes all schools over coronavirus

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The Lagos State Government said late on Wednesday it was closing down all public and private schools from Monday March 23, 2020, “as part of the preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic”.

“The move becomes necessary to prevent our children and their teachers from getting more vulnerable to the pandemic,” the government said in a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C.

The statement added: “It is important for 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.

“Children should be encouraged to remain at home.

“The closure is not intended to create panic but to arrest the spread of the disease, which has become a global threat.

“The Incident Command Centre, headed by the Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is the Incident Commander, will continue to trace all contacts of the identified cases and encourage anyone who has information about suspected cases to report to the nearest hospital or call the emergency telephone numbers 08023169485, 08033565529, 08052817243 and 08023401214”.

Simon Ateba

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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