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Hanoi to reopen schools next week

Thursday, April 30, 2020, 11:59 GMT+7
Hanoi to reopen schools next week
Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung speaks at a meeting with the city’s steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control on April 29, 2020. Photo: Xuan Long / Tuoi Tre

The Hanoi administration has announced that all middle school and high school students will resume their study on May 4, while the back-to-school date for kindergarten andelementary school students follows a week later.

The municipal People’s Committee on Wednesday convened a meeting with the city’s steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control to discuss the back-to-school dates for local students.

According to Hanoi chairman Nguyen Duc Chung, middle and high schools in the capital will reopen next Monday.

Kindergarten and elementary school students will return on May 11.

Chairman Chung asked district-level authorities to work with local schools on preparing necessary measures to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks.

All schools have to monitor the body temperature of their students, teachers, and staff, as well as preparing sufficient hand sanitizers.

Different schedules for each grade or class should also be considered to avoid the gathering of too many students at a time.

A physical distance in the classroom will be decided by the board of each school.

The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over 3.22 million people and killed more than 228,200 globally, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

Vietnam has confirmed 270 cases so far, with 219 having recovered.

No death from the disease has been recorded in the country.

Hanoi has recorded 123 patients, of whom 99 have recovered.

School closure began after the Lunar New Year holiday ended in early February and has been repeatedly extended due to the complicated developments of the COVID-19 epidemic.

The nation underwent 15 days of enhanced social distancing from April 1 to 15.

A prolonged social distancing period from April 16 to 22 was then imposed on 28 provinces and cities, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

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