Governors in South Eastern Nigeria have listed compulsory Covid-19 test as one of the prerequisite before schools in the region reopen.
The Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi Governor, Dave Umahi disclosed this at a media briefing on Sunday.
He said there were fears for kindergarten and primary school pupils who do not understand what is social distancing.
“How many of our schools have running water and how many sanitisers have been provided for them?”, he asked.
Umahi noted that it is the rainy season and most schools are bushy due to abandonment since the coronavirus outbreak.
He revealed that the forum would review school infrastructure to support Nigeria Cente for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines ahead of the federal government’s decision on re-opening.
Umahi said, “we will then review our position and tell our people the safest time to re-open schools with our health workers to enforce the NCDC protocols”.
On Sunday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, confirmed 555 new COVID-19 cases in some parts of the Country, bringing the current tally to 40,532.
The first COVID-19 index case was confirmed on February 27, 2020.