Schools in Lagos,Nigeria to reopen as cases of COVID-19 decline

Students of Government Secondary School Wuse. Abuja, Nigeria August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Students of Government Secondary School Wuse, are seen taking the West African Examination Council (WAEC) 2020 exam, after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown in Abuja, Nigeria August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Schools are set to reopen in Nigeria’s commercial hub of Lagos next month as part of plans to revive the economy as COVID-19 cases decline, the state governor said on Saturday.

Lagos, the epicenter of the pandemic in Nigeria, plans to reopen colleges on Sept. 14, and primary and secondary schools on Sept. 21, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said.

“The gradual easing doesn’t mean the pandemic is over,” he said in a tweet. “It is not an invitation to carelessness or nonchalance.”

The Lagos governor further added that restaurants, social clubs, and recreational centers would also be allowed to reopen as long as they followed safety rules.

Nigeria has reported 53,727 infections in total – including 18,104 in Lagos – and 1,011 deaths.

The West African nation has been opening up gradually.

It aims to resume international flights in September after domestic flights restarted last month and a ban on interstate travel was lifted.

Secondary schools reopened across Nigeria this month for pupils due to take graduation exams.