The Indian government, on Wednesday said it would reopen schools for students in upper grades after more than five months of closure amid a daily rise of 89,706 coronavirus infections.
According to India’s Health Ministry in its daily update, this figure takes its second-highest tally globally to more than 4.3 million cases.
At least 1,115 deaths linked to the virus were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 73,890, the Health Ministry said in its daily update.
India is the second-most infected country globally, with 4,370,128 cases, behind only the United States, which has a total of 6,327,793 cases, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University.
The ministry announced late Tuesday the partial reopening of schools from September 21 for students between 9th and 12th grade.
The final decision has been left to parents, who will have to provide a written permission for their children to go to school, the ministry said.
Online learning will still be permitted. There was no word on opening schools for younger students.
The guidelines were released as part of the fourth phase of easing lockdown restrictions.
India imposed a strict lockdown on March 25 and began lifting curbs since mid-May, in spite of a surge in infections, to revive a virus-battered economy that has seen a loss of millions of jobs.
Among new relaxations, metro services in Indian cities, including New Delhi and Bengaluru, resumed operations on Monday.
India’s top tourist attraction, the Taj Mahal, is also due to reopen from Sept. 21 with strict safety and distancing measures.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
Rubiales re-elected Spanish football federation president
Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales has been re-elected unopposed, with a new four-year mandate, the federation said on Monday.
Spain’s former World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas withdrew his candidacy in June, citing the coronavirus pandemic as a reason.
The federation announced the news on Twitter and posted reactions from other football officials, including FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
“Congratulations Luis, I want to thank you and the RFEF for all the work done in the last few years, but above all, in the last few months,” said Infantino.
Rubiales, 43, took over from Angel Maria Villar in May 2018, who was sacked following corruption charges.
Born in Las Palmas, Rubiales played for several lower league clubs after coming through the Valencia and Atletico Madrid youth systems.
He finished his playing career in 2009 with Hamilton Academical in Scotland.
One of his first decisions as RFEF president was to sack then Spain coach Julen Lopetegui ahead of the 2018 World Cup, after Real Madrid announced him as their next manager.
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S/Africa seeks continent’s permanent representation at UN Security Council – Ramaphosa
South Africa advocates for the continent to have permanent representation on the UN Security Council, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.
Ramaphosa said this ahead of his address for the high-level week of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.
The 75th session of the General Assembly opened on Sept. 15. The high-level week will run from Monday until Sept. 29.
“We … need to strengthen bodies like the UN, ensure they are properly resourced and that they are representative.
“We must use this 75th anniversary to push ahead with the reform of the UN and particularly its Security Council, which does not give equal voice to the different regions of the world.
As South Africa, we will use our virtual presence in New York to continue to advocate for Africa – a continent of more than a billion people – to have permanent representation on the UN Security Council,” the statement read.
Earlier this year, a similar idea was voiced by Cairo.
In particular, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry proposed that two permanent seats be allocated to the African continent in the UN Security Council with full powers, including veto, following its reformation.
So far, there are five permanent members at the UN Security Council that have the right to veto — China, Russia, the United States, France and the UK.
The other 10 members of the UN body are non-permanent and elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly.
South Africa was elected as a non-permanent member for 2019 to 2020.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Sadiya Hamza
Schools Resumption: Some private schools record high turnout in Lagos
Some private schools in Lagos State recorded large turnout of students following the Lagos State Government’s directive on resumption on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on Aug. 29, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu directed primary and secondary schools to reopen.
Sanwo-Olu gave the directed during the 17th Update on the management of the coronavirus pandemic in Lagos.
A correspondent of NAN, who visited some schools in the state, reports that water, soaps, hand-sanitisers and infrared thermometer were provided by the schools’ management.
At Honeyland Schools, Ipaja, parents were seen trooping in to drop their children while observing social distancing in registering them.
Also, compulsory wearing of nose masks and social distancing in classrooms were observed by students and teachers.
A big banner displaying the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines was seen at the entrance of the school.
The school principal, Mr Oluyemi Faleke, said that academic activities would start immediately.
Faleke said that the school had concluded the second term examination before the lockdown while the third term examination was conducted during the lockdown.
“Before the resumption, we conducted three online entrance examinations for the new students.
“In all classrooms, we are maintaining social distance by displaying a sticker of “Do Not Sit Here”.
“Teaching starts from 8.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and virtual learning is still available for students who do not want to resume yet,’’ he said.
NAN,however, observed that some schools at Iyana-Ipaja and Egbeda areas were still locked and there was no sign of resumption.
At Victoria Island and Lekki, some private schools continued to teach their students through virtual learning.
At the Senior High School, Alimosho, only Junior Secondary Three (JS 3) and Senior Secondary Two (SS 2) students were allowed to enter the school premise with face masks or shields.
Security officials at the Faith Academy, Gowon Estate, Ipaja said that only SS three students have resumed while others will be resuming on Thursday.
Mr Abdul Ademola, Principal, Homat Group of Schools, Odogunyan, Ikorodu said that the school would keep guiding the students on COVID-19 protocols.
Ademola said that management had reduced number of students in a class from 20 students before the lockdown to 12 students as part of effort to prevent infection.
“We are all happy to resume back to school after staying home for too long.
“There is no automatic promotion in our school, we are going to engage all classes with lectures, continuous assessment and examination,’’ he said.
Mrs Olanike Ayoola, a parent at Honeyland schools expressed confidence that her children were safe with the school because of the guidelines been maintained.
“I am so confident of my children’s school; they are ready for the students’ resumption.
“During the lockdown, they educated us on the safety protocols against COVID-19,’’ Ayoola said.
Another parent, Mrs Kehinde Ojewoye, corroborated Ayoola’s confidence, saying that she was not scared of COVID-19.
According to Ojewoye, the school is fully prepared for the students’ resumption.
She said that teachers should just maintain social distancing with their students to avoid any issue.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Abdulfatah Babatunde
Suga hopes for ‘forward-looking’ ties with S. Korea in letter to President Moon
Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, expressed hope for “forward-looking” relations with South Korea as “important neighbors” in his recent letter to President Moon Jae-in, Cheong Wa Dae said Monday.
Suga sent a reply to Moon on Saturday for his congratulatory message, as he was sworn in as the successor of Shinzo Abe, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok.
He expressed the hope that the two sides would establish forward-looking ties by overcoming “difficult issues,” Kang added without elaborating.
Suga was apparently referring to longstanding disputes over shared history, especially compensating victims of forced labor and sexual enslavement of women during Japan’s colonial rule of Korea.
A combined image of South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (Yonhap).
Moon earlier sent a letter to Suga, in which he proposed joint efforts to improve Seoul-Tokyo relations, shortly after his inauguration.
On Sunday, Suga reportedly had a phone conversation with United States President Donald Trump.
Cheong Wa Dae officials have not announced when Moon will also talk with Suga on the phone.
ited by Emmanuel Yashimhttps://nnn.ng/suga-hopes-for-forward-looking-ties-with-s-korea-in-letter-to-president-moon/