The Federal Government has postponed National Sports Festival as a precaution against the spread of the deadly Coronavirus which has been declared a Pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
This is coming after Lagos state Ministry of Health (LSMoH) confirmed the third case of Coronavirus in Nigeria as a patient who arrived from UK tested positive on Monday, March 17, 2020.
Health experts have revealed that mass gatherings could speed up the spread of the virus. It is in this view that the National Sports Festival “Edo 2020” scheduled to hold in Benin was postponed as a precautionary measure to prevent an outbreak.
Health Minister, Sunday Dare and Sports Minister Dr. Osagie Ehanire including other stakeholders arrived at the decision after a meeting was held.
Sunday Dare made the disclosure in a thread of tweets via his official Twitter account;
“A meeting between the Ministers of Health, myself and a few other experts just concluded now at the Health Ministry to review the COVID-19 situation vis-a-vis Edo 2020 Sports festival towards making decision on the postponement. A final decision will be communicated shortly.
“President Muhammadu Buhari approves the postponement of the National Sports Festival Edo 2020 as a precautionary move against COVID-19 spread.
“Following the briefing of Mr. President from myself and the Minister of State for Health on COVID 19, Mr. President approved the immediate postponement of Edo Sports festival to a future date