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Breaking: FG Announces Reopening Of Secondary Schools For Exit Classes

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Nigeria Reopens Secondary Schools For Exit Classes August

The federal government has on Monday announced that secondary schools in the country will reopen next Tuesday for exit classes only.

Authorities say the federal ministry of education, commissioners of education across the country, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Proprietors of Private Schools, and chief executives of examination bodies had agreed that students in exit classes should resume immediately so they can prepare for the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, exams that begin in the middle of August.

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Making the announcement, spokesman to the education ministry Ben Ben Goog said in a statement “students will have two weeks within which to prepare for the West African Examination (WAEC) due to start on the 17th of August 2020,”

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Immediately after the Sallah break, exit classes are to resume, to enable them prepare for the WAEC examinations.

Goog added that they also made a passionate appeal 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 preparations for safe reopening, as agreed.

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FG Receives 158 Stranded Nigerians From Niger

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FG Receives 158 Stranded Nigerians From Niger

The National Emergency Management Agency has said the Nigerian government has on Wednesday received 158 stranded Nigerian migrants from Niamey, Niger Republic.

Officials of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, and the National Emergency Management Agency received the stranded migrants as they arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja around 10 pm on Wednesday and were all tested negative for COVID-19.

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Spokesperson for NEMA, Ezekiel Manzo said in a statement issued in Abuja that the migrants were placed on self-isolation in accordance with the requirements of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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NEMA said in the statement “NiDCOM (Nigeria in Diaspora Commission) reports that one of the migrants, Aiahatu Abdullahi, could not make the flight as she was delivered of a baby boy on July 24, 2020.”

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It added, “Abdullahi, her husband, the newborn child as well as three of their other kids will remain in Niger until such a time when another trip is organised.”

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Nigeria Records 404 New COVID-19 Cases Pushing Totals Past 42,000

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Nigeria Records 404 New COVID-19 Cases Pushing Totals Past 42,000

Nigeria is now nursing forty-two thousand, two hundred eight cases of Coronavirus infections after the country’s Center for Disease Control, NCDC, reported four hundred and four new cases on Wednesday.

The new cases represent the lowest daily record for this month.  July started with a high number of seven hundred and ninety COVID-19 cases on the first.  The lowest figure before now was five days ago when four hundred thirty-five cases were confirmed.

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The number of deaths rose to eighty hundred seventy-three after five new fatalities were reported on Wednesday.

Just about half of the total cases still have the virus while nineteen thousand and four have recovered.  The infections are spread among thirty-five states and the federal capital territory.

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NCDC says Wednesday’s new cases were reported in 19 states with Lagos booking the highest number of one hundred and six, followed by the Federal Capital Territory at fifty-four.

NCDC has advised Nigerians to adhere to established COVID-19 protocols of wearing face masks, maintaining physical distancing and embracing proper hygiene as they prepare for Sallah festivities that begin today, Thursday.  The center also urged the elderly and Nigerians with underlying health conditions to be more cautious so they won’t risk contracting the virus.

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4 Of 50 Persons Arrested In Kwara Nightclub Test Positive For Coronavirus

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4 Of 50 Persons Arrested In Kwara Nightclub Test Positive For Coronavirus

Four out of the fifty persons arrested at an Ilorin nightclub nearly two weeks ago by the Kwara technical committee on covid-19 have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Chairman of the state’s medical advisory committee on covid-19, Dr. Femi Oladiji, told the news agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Wednesday the infected persons have been contacted but had not been taken to isolation centers.

He said one people are told about their test results, they cannot be forced to report to authorities.  He said many people are carriers that have been going about their normal lives because they are asymptomatic. He said many Kwarans do not know they have the virus.

Dr. Oladiji says the best thing at this stage is preventive measures because of the rampant spread of the virus.  He says those with symptoms should visit the isolation centers while those without symptoms should self-isolate.

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