Lebanese Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe has tested positive for the coronavirus disease and been placed under a two-week quarantine regime, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
“The result of a PCR test, taken by Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe, is positive.
“It came after the first one, which he took the day before yesterday (Monday), needed to be confirmed.
“Since then, the minister has placed under quarantine for a two-week period,” the ministry said in a statement.
Wehbe was appointed as the country’s foreign minister on Aug. 3.
On Monday, Wehbe met with the new ambassadors of Canada and Greece to Lebanon at a protocol ceremony to deliver copies of his credentials.
To date, the Lebanese health officials have confirmed 21,324 cases of COVID-19, with 207 fatalities and 6,722 recoveries.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
Lagos releases resumption dates for 2020/2021 school session
The Lagos State Ministry of Education has approved resumption dates for the 2020 to 2021 school session.
According to the time table, both public and private schools below tertiary level will resume First Term academic activities on Monday Sept. 21, 2020.
The term is expected to run until Dec.18, 2020 while the second term will begin Jan. 4, 2021 and run until April 16, 2021.
Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, the Dirsctor, the Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA) urged all public and private schools in the state to adhere strictly to the harmonised school calendar.
The director urged school management to have a ”qualitative health and safety plan” that will help protect students, teachers and workers as schools reopen in the state.
“t is not enough to reopen but to keep staying opened since some schools all over the world had to shut down after reopening due to a spike in the pandemic.
“All schools must make efforts to comply with these requirements, not just for the improvement of the overall school operations but for safe reopening for academic activities,” she said.
She also advised schools to have a flexible teaching and learning plans where students and teachers who feel sick can teach or learn from home via available online platforms.
Seriki-Ayeni said schools must strive to avoid any COVID-19 infection in their school.
She further advised that teachers, students and visitors must wear face mask at all time.
She said that the students must observe physical distancing, regularly wash hands with soap under running water and maintain high standard of personal hygiene in the school premises.
She said that schools must have an isolation/holding bay to care for medical emergencies should students come up with symptoms such as cough, headache, catarrh, difficulty in breathing, sneezing and fever.
She also said further measures put in place by the Lagos State Government through the Office of Education Quality Assurance is for public and private schools in Lagos State to register online with the OEQA.
They are to take the School Self-risk Assessment take the online training course to obtain reopening clearance for academic activities on the OEQA website: www.oeqalagos.com.
According to her, this will help the Office of Education Quality Assurance to determine the level of preparedness as well as guide schools on what they need to put in place for a safe reopening.
She implored school leaders to embrace new learning style like outdoor classes, staggered attendance, platooning or alternative attendance among others in collaboration with parents in a safe and secure environment.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
COVID-19 rules for pubs to change soon – UK minister
Changes will be brought in to COVID-19-related rules affecting pubs, Britain’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said on Monday.
Asked whether pubs would open at the weekend, Hancock said, “we’ll be absolutely clear about changes that we need to make in the very, very near future.
“We’ve been working on this all weekend.
“We haven’t taken the final decision about what we need to do in response to the surge in new cases that we’ve seen’’.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde
Coaches association official urges FG, football stakeholders to support players, coaches
Abdullahi told the News Agency of Nigeria that players and coaches needed financial and material support from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, as well as all football stakeholders.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic the players and coaches have been held down in their various houses, since there are no sports events.
“I wonder how they (players and coaches) are coping to feed themselves. Some of them don’t have any job other than in football,” Abdullahi said.
He said coaches and players were family men like other people in the society.
“Some of them are bread winners who are in need of money to take care of their family needs. So, they need support.’’
Abdullahi however advised coaches to use the COVID-19 period to keep fit in spite of the restriction on football activities in the country.
“They can be training individuals in their various homes and also help them to keep fit. This is because people are adding weight due to lack of sports activities.
“They should be preparing to get back to their normal training activities, before the total ease of the lockdown, so as to keep fit whenever the league commences,” he said.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye and Olawale Alabi)
International Peace Day: Commission calls for collective action to promote peace in Kaduna
The Executive Vice Chairman, Kaduna State Peace Commission, Priscilla Ankut, has called for collective action to promote peace and security in the state.
Ankut made the appeal in a statement issued in Kaduna on Monday, to mark the International Day of Peace.
The theme of the International Peace Day is ‘Shaping Peace Together in the COVID-19 era.’
She said residents must enthrone actions, individually and collectively, for peace and justice to thrive in the state.
“Today’s event offers the people of Kaduna State an opportunity for further reflection on actions that can be taken together to shape peace and justice in the state in the COVID-19 era.
“Despite the existing security challenges in flash point local governments of Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Chikun, Kajuru, Kaura, Kauru, Jemaa and Zango Kataf, the Commission, joined by stakeholders and well-meaning residents of Kaduna state, have continued to persevere and sustain the momentum of peace-building.”
Ankut regretted that the commemoration was taking place at a time when the state is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, insecurity and criminality which have led to avoidable loss of precious lives in the state and Nigeria in general.
She, however, said that with the support of government, security agencies, NGOs, CBOs, women and youth groups, traditional and religious leaders, the commission has been shaping the peace and transforming the narrative from one of violence to one of sustainable peace and development.
“The resilience of peace artisans, especially in our local communities have been a source of encouragement.
“The commission believes that with further commitments and efforts, creativity and resourcefulness, the match toward peaceful and harmonious coexistence will be achieved sooner than later,’’ she said.
Ankut urged individuals and groups across communities, especially those that have been affected by violence, not to relent in their quest for peace and harmonious coexistence.
“This is because sustained community-driven initiatives are the most reliable and lasting instruments of building peace.
“Today, should remind us of where we are coming from, and the possibility that we are heading toward overcoming and containing insecurity, criminality, mutual misunderstanding and mistrust in our communities.
“Together, we will ensure a just, secure and peaceful environment for everyone in our dear state,’’ she added.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/ Maharazu Ahmed