COVID-19: Lagos State Government orders closure of all public and private schools

Lagos State Governor-Elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Government of Lagos State has announced the closure of all public and private schools in the state from Monday, 23rd March, 2020.

The decision is part of the efforts to stop the spread of the deadly CoronaVirus disease.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave the directive to shut down all schools following the confirmation of 5 new cases (4 of which are in Lagos) yesterday.

Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, the Commissioner for Education, in a statement on Wednesday evening announced the closure of schools.

“The move becomes necessary to prevent our 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 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.”

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