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Nigerian government expresses concern over WASSCE candidates contracting coronavirus

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The Federal Government has expressed concern over cases of infection amongst some students sitting for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE), restating the need for more vigilance by the stakeholders and everyone else.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made the assertion on Thursday in Abuja, at the joint national briefing of the taskforce.

Mustapha said that Nigerians woke up to the stark reality that the nation’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 have crossed the 50,000 marks, standing at 50,488 and a death toll of 985, bringing Nigeria close to the unenviable record of 1,000 fatalities.

“These records are not landmarks to be celebrated, especially as every single death further underscores the grief and pains of families and friends, scuttled lives that could have contributed to national development and abridging God’s purpose for the lost soul.

“This is aptly demonstrated by the fact that 14 of these paid the supreme sacrifice as they were doctors, who toiled daily to save lives.

“We will continually pray for the repose of all the lost souls and work to ensure that their deaths are not in vain,” he said.

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