At least 181 pupils and staff members of a private school located in a suburb of Lekki have tested positive for COVID-19 during surveillance and case investigation in the school.

This development was disclosed by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, on Friday, The Punch reports.

While reacting to the situation, Abayomi, in a statement from the ministry’s Director, Public Affairs, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, noted that the total population of the school is 441, while explaining that a 14-year-old SS1 female pupil fell ill on October 3 and was sent home after receiving first aid at the school.

In another development, after several months of lockdown, the Kaduna State University branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities has opposed the university’s management plan resumption of the institution, saying 17 students were infected.

This also happened as the Nigerian Union of Teachers said on Friday that the Lagos and Kaduna state governments must take proactive steps’, including the closure of identified schools to ensure that the COVID-19 outbreak is curtailed.

Meanwhile, the Lagos commissioner said the pupil subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 on October 6 in one of the accredited private labs in Lagos.

Abayomi said the parents had been contacted and counselled via a family Zoom call on October 13 to further allay their fears as communication between school authorities and parents continued.