…As Nigeria’s 576 new cases shoot total infections to 37,801, deaths 805***
The Oyo State Government on Tuesday has canceled Third Term for the 2019/2020 school session, over the dreaded COVID-19 challenges, highlighting that promotion of students for all affected classes will now be determined by First and Second Term Continuous Assessments.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye announced the decision after the State Executive Council meeting in Ibadan, adding that the state government also approved the academic calendar to guide resumption of schools and other associated educational activities for the 2020/2021 session in the state.
According to the commissioner, Pry-6, JSS-3 and SSS-3 students will proceed on holiday from July 30 and resume for their examination as would be announced.
He said Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) would hold between August 10 to 18.
The commissioner added that: “Competitive Entrance Examination into the Schools of Science- 19th August.
“Placement/Screening Test to JSS one- 20th August.
“Placement Test into Technical Colleges- 28th August.
“The SSS-3 will resume for their Examination as soon as WAEC announce the date.”
He said the 2020/21 academic session, as approved by the State Council, is: “First Term- 21th September to 18th December.
“Second Term- 11th January to 9th April 2021.
“Third Term- 3rd May to 30th July 2021.”
The commissioner enjoined all stakeholders and members of the public to take note of the details of the academic calendar.
In the meantime, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced on Tuesday that Nigeria has recorded 576 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total infections to 37, 801.
The Centre made this known on its official twitter handle, noting that four deaths were equally recorded in the country.
It said that the 576 new cases were reported from 22 states.
The NCDC said till date, out of the 37,801 confirmed cases, 15,677 cases have been treated and discharged.
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It added that a total of 805 deaths were recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The agency said that new cases were reported in Lagos (88), Kwara (87), FCT (82), Plateau (62), Ondo (39), Enugu (28), Oyo (26), Taraba (24), Kaduna (20), Ebonyi (20), Edo (17), Cross River (16), Kano (14), Rivers (11), Ogun (10), Delta (9), Nasarawa (8), Osun (8), Katsina (3), Imo (2), Kebbi (1), and Borno (1).
According to it, a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level three, continues to coordinate the national response activities.
Meanwhile, the NCDC said that there were currently 58 laboratories in 30 states with the capacity to test for COVID-19 in the country.
The agency announced the inclusion of five new laboratories in its Molecular Laboratory Network: Edo Specialist Hospital, Benin, ATBU Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, Rivers Indorama Company Molecular Lab, State Specialist Hospital, Amachara, Abia, University of Abuja, Gwagwalada GeneXpert .
It said that the Federal Ministry of Health through the agency had prioritised testing as one of the key strategies to the COVID-19 response in Nigeria. In order to contain the outbreak, the Government of Nigeria plans to rapidly scale diagnostic testing to cover all 36 States plus the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The NCDC said it would work with donors, partners and the private sector to rapidly scale testing capacity to every state.
“As of April 14, 2020, Nigeria has 12 functional testing facilities in eight states, with a capacity to conduct a minimum of 1,500 tests per day in Lagos and 1,000 tests per day in FCT and other states.
“As the epidemic intensifies, the NCDC has been using a multi-phase approach to scale up testing to all 36 states of the federation,” it said.
As of July 21, the new cases Percentage Change stood at 0.025 per cent, Recovery Percentage Change, 0.509 per cent, Death Percentage Change, -0.667 per cent, Recovery Rate, 41.472 per cent and Death Rate, 2.13 per cent.