Less than two weeks after returning back to school to sit for senior Secondary school certificate examinations, seven students of the Government Girls’ College, Doma, Gombe state, have tested positive for COVID-19.
The state commissioner for health, Habu Dahiru, who announced the new cases said the infected persons were discovered after the government conducted 1,100 tests on the final-year students following their resumption.
He said with the development, the students will now continue the WAEC examination at the isolation centre.
“We have identified another set of students. We only got the results yesterday. Seven of them have been found to test positive for the virus. We are making arrangements to evacuate them to the isolation centre, Dahiru said.
“We will not allow them to miss their papers because they tested positive. The testing became easier because the governor approved N120 million to establish a molecular laboratory. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has certified it and we have started testing in earnest.
“The samples taken from schools were tested here in Gombe at the molecular lab and results were shared. We quickly went to the school to identify the seven students and kept them aside.”
The federal government had permitted schools to reopen partially on August 4 for graduating classes to write their examinations.