Governor Babajide Sanwoolu has announced that Lagos schools will resume in September as the number of COVID-19 cases declines in the state. On Friday, the State recorded just 27 new cases, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Sanwoolu, in a regular briefing on the state’s COVID-19 status, said tertiary institutions in the state will re-open from September 14 while primary and secondary schools are also tentatively scheduled to re-open from September 21.
“This decision is not cast in stone and is subject to review of our ongoing modeling and what procedure comes out from the Ministry of Health,” Sanwo-Olu said.
If schools eventually open in Lagos State, it will come five months after educational institutions were shut down.
As of August 29, Lagos State has a total of 18,083 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Out of this number, 13,636 persons have recovered in the community; with 1,820 still currently active in the community, the governor said.
“Over the course of this pandemic, about 2,700 persons have been admitted into our various isolation centres across the state; and of this number, we have registered 204 fatalities. This leaves us with 47 active cases under management across various government-owned isolation centres; and private care centres in the State, ” he added.
Sanwo-Olu, at the briefing, launched a COVID-19 Care Pack, which contains medications, hand sanitizer, face masks and handy medical equipment that could be used to check temperature.
The Care Pack is to be given to those who have been confirmed positive of the COVID-19 free of charge and who prefer home-based care.