20 Bayelsa WASSCE candidates test positive for COVID-19


Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has directed all civil servants from grade levels 1-12 in the state workforce to resume work from Tuesday, September 1.

He gave the directive on Monday during a meeting with the state COVID-19 Task Force at the Government House, Yenagoa.

This was just as the permanent secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Inodu Apoku, disclosed that “20 out of the 600 candidates taking the West African Senior School Certificate Examination in the state tested positive for COVID-19.”

Apoku said the total number of COVID-19 test samples in the state from  inception of the outbreak till date was 10,234, laboratory confirmed cases 370, number of active cases 24 while total number of deaths was 21.

On the resumption, a statement by Diri’s acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, said the governor directed the Head of Service, Mrs Biobelemoye Charles-Onyeama  to ensure that workers abide by all COVID-19 safety guidelines when they resume.

Diri also directed that, while students in exit classes were taking their examinations, all primary six pupils should also resume academic activities, adding that  the government was evaluating the situation, pending when other classes would resume.

He also set up a sub-committee made up of the Technical Adviser on Security, Boma Spero-Jack, Dr Apoku and the service commanders to liaise with proprietors of night clubs, supermarkets and banks to seek ways of ensuring compliance with the presidential guidelines on COVID-19.

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