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Benue to reopen schools despite surge in COVID-19 Infections

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Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Institutions in Benue State are to re-opened despite a surge in Covid 19 cases.

State Executive Council, presided by the Deputy Governor, Engineer Benson Abounu,arrived at the decision during its at Government House, Makurdi, on Wednesday.

This is contrary to an announcement by Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, that schools should remain close due to a surge in the second wave of the virus.

Nigeria has since crossed 100,000 confirmed infections, heightening tension in government quarters.

Briefing newsmen, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mrs Ngunan Adingi said safety measures such as fumigation and procurement of thermometers would be done before the schools re-opened.

She said the Ministry of Education has also been mandated to ensure that other safety measures such as social distancing, regular washing of hands or use of sanitizers as well face masks were observed by students.

She said the EXCO however approved a total ban on all public gatherings which include burials and weddings.

Mrs Adingi said the use of face masks has become mandatory for everyone wishing to go to the market or supermarket while churches would not be allowed to hold any service with more than fifty persons in attendance.

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