By Chidinma Chukwu, Abuja.

The Presidential Task force (PTF)on COVID-19 said Pupils and students will stay longer at home because schools cannot reopen soon.

School children were sent home in March to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

During the daily briefing by the PTF on Thursday in Abuja, it cited the need to protect the vulnerable and halt the spread of the virus in communities as reasons.

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Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha describes school resumption as delicate since Nigeria had entered the phase of community spread of the virus.

He said: “Nigeria witnessed a spike in number of confirmed cases when the number of recorded cases jumped to 663 on  June 9. This number gives us cause for concern as a Task Force and as a nation.

“The PTF will re-emphasize its appeal to governments at the sub-national level as well as our security agencies to enforce the guidelines and protocols firmly.

“The PTF would also be meeting with the heads of these agencies to further fine-tune strategies to ensure compliance,” he added.

“We must ensure that our goal is to stay alive and remain COVID-19 free.”

He said the PTF had put in place measures to fight against COVID-19, including the application of science and data to guide the targeting of areas of on-going high transmission, mobilisation of all resources at State and Local Government levels to create public awareness on COVID 19.

According to the PTF chairman, improve compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions within communities and sustenance of key non-pharmaceutical interventions that would apply nationwide among others.

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