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Nigeria: 250 New COVID-19 Cases, 297 Discharged As Lagos, Enugu Plan Further Reopening

By Tunde Olorungbotemi


Nigeria on Saturday reported 250 new cases of COVID-19 pandemic as Lagos state announced the possible reopening of schools across the state and Enugu state declared Airport reopening.










   
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, spoke to reporters after landing at the Enugu Airport on August 29, 2020.


The new cases bring the country’s total number of cases to 53,727, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said in a late-night tweet.


Meanwhile, at least 41,314 cases of the virus have now been resolved in the country, while 1,011 have died.










Plateau state recorded the highest number of new cases (69) within the past 24 hours, with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) ranking second (41).


Other states with new cases include;
Lagos-21, Delta-14, Kaduna-14,
Bayelsa-13, Enugu-13, Ekiti-11,
Bauchi-9, Ogun-8, Edo-7, Oyo-7,
Rivers-6, Adamawa-4, Osun-4,
Nasarawa-3, Ebonyi-2, Kwara-2, Gombe-1,
and Imo-1.












Tertiary, Primary & Secondary Schools To Reopen In Lagos From September 14 & 21 
After months of being shutdown, schools in Lagos are set to re-open in September, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu revealed on Saturday.










The Governor, in a regular briefing on the state’s COVID-19 status, said tertiary institutions in the state will re-open from September 14.


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 modelling and what procedure comes out from the Ministry of Health,” Sanwo-Olu said.










The Governor explained that the decision was based on indications that the pandemic has peaked in the state, as the number of new cases continues to steadily decline.


Sanwo-Olu reiterated that restaurants are now permitted to open for in-dining services in the state, although they must continue to ensure spaces are only filled up to 50 percent capacity at all times.










On the re-opening of event centres, bars, night clubs, beaches, cinemas, the Governor said a review will be done in September to decide whether to allow a re-opening of such public spaces.


Responding to a question on whether the Federal Government’s 10 pm curfew still holds in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu replied in the affirmative.










“These are challenging times for all of us,” he said.



In a related story, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, spoke to reporters after landing at the Enugu Airport on August 29, 2020.


The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Saturday landed at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.










It was the airport’s first aircraft landing since the Federal Government shut it down for rehabilitation work in August 2019.


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According to Mr Sirika, plans are in top gear for the official handing over of the airport on Sunday, even as work continues at the arrival and departure hall sections.










“We are ready for tomorrow, the 30th,” Me Sirika said. “To God be the glory. We landed on the runway. The remaining news will be tomorrow.


“But I am glad that I am here and I am glad that we were able, also again, to achieve it on time and on budget.”


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