The Lagos state government has announced that it will be shutting down all public and private school following the outbreak of coronavirus. The closure of the schools will begin from the 23rd of March, 2020 till further notice.
In a statement released by the state Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo, the state government said the move became necessary to prevent children and their teachers from getting more vulnerable to the pandemic.
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 statement added that the Incident Command Centre, headed by the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is the Incident Commander, will continue to trace all contacts of the identified cases and encourages anyone who has information about suspected cases to report to the nearest hospital or call the emergency telephone numbers 08023169485, 08033565529, 08052817243 and 08023401214.
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