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181 students contract COVID-19 in private school

The Lagos State Government has confirmed one hundred and eighty one positive COVID-19 cases in a private boarding school in Lekki.

The Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, who made this known said one hundred and eighty one students and staff members of a private school located in a suburb of Lekki tested positive for COVID19 during surveillance and case investigation in the school.

Giving details of the investigation, Professor Abayomi explained that a 14-year-old SS1 female student fell ill on the 3rd of this month and was sent home after receiving first aid at the school.

He stated that the student subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 on the 6th in one of the accredited private labs in Lagos.

The Commissioner assured Lagosians that the State government, through the incident command system, has the situation under control and maintained that appropriate steps have been taken to contain the spread and manage the positive cases.

He noted that all parents have been contacted and counselled via a family zoom call to allay their fears while communication between school authorities and parents continues.

The Commissioner reemphasized the need for citizens to practise the highest standard of personal and environmental hygiene , stressing that use of face mask in public places, proper hand washing and hand hygiene practice and maintaining physical distance will help prevent the spread of the infection.

He urged Lagosians to call the 08000EKOMED or 08000356633 toll-free line if they notice any sign or symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or loss of taste or smell.

Omolara Omosanya

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