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Coronavirus: FG may shutdown schools

There are indications that the Federal Government may shut down public schools over the dreaded Coronavirus.

Already, schools in the North-West region of Nigeria are to shut down for 30 days to prevent the spread of the deadly Coronavirus.

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State announced the decision in a communique at the end of a meeting of North-West Governors held in Kaduna.

Masari explained that measures shall be taken in each of the states in consultation with examination bodies to close schools for a period of 30 days starting from Monday, March 23, 2020.

In addition, he said the affected states shall carry out sensitisation campaigns to discourage large gatherings while encouraging citizens to uphold personal and environmental hygiene.

States in the region include Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara.

Masari explained that the meeting had asked the governors to jointly fund security operations to confront the menace of banditry.

Similarly, the Lagos State Government on Wednesday placed a ban on all religious and other gatherings with over 50 people within the state.

The religious bodies include the Christian Association of Nigeria and Muslim leaders.

The decision was arrived at after a meeting of the government and religious bodies in the state.

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