Coronavirus: WASSCE put on hold until further notice

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The West African Examination Council (WAEC), has suspended the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) timetable until further notice.

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The examination body further directed that the conduct of WASSCE candidates be put on hold until further notice.

A statement issued said the directives “will be reviewed” when the outbreak of the pandemic coronavirus improves.

 

 

“Kindly note the information for further action and communicate the directives to the Ministry of Education and the general public in your country,” the statement signed by E. K. Myers Ag. Head, IED for the Registrar said.

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Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

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Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

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Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

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