Hong Kong to shut down Secondary Schools over rising Covid-19 cases.
The Chinese government announced on Thursday that schools will be closed until February 7, after the Lunar New Year Holidays.
Due to an increase in coronavirus disease in some schools in the Chinese-ruled territory, Hong Kong will cease face-to-face teaching in secondary schools beginning Monday until after the Lunar New Year.
Early this month, the government halted classes in primary schools and kindergartens and imposed restrictions, including a ban on restaurant dining after 6 p.m. and the closure of gyms, cinemas, and beauty salons.
The administration announced on Thursday that schools will be closed until February 7, following the Lunar New Year Holidays. While sixth-year students may have some face-to-face classes to prepare for exams, assessments and activities at all other levels must be canceled or postponed.
In a statement, the city’s education office said, “The epidemic situation has become increasingly severe in recent days.” “Many cases of unknown origin have been confirmed.”
The tough restrictions return the Asian financial hub to the state it was in when it originally implemented them in 2020.
Despite its increasingly disruptive and inconvenient consequences at a time when the rest of the globe is adapting to living with the virus, Hong Kong has followed mainland China’s zero-tolerance policy for local COVID-19 infections.
Following the initial local transmission recorded at the end of December, dozens of cases of the fast-spreading Omicron strain have been reported in the community this year.
There were also transmissions of the Delta type, which had not been seen in months, according to health officials. Growing clusters, including one from a pet store, have been identified as posing a significant concern, according to officials.
The education bureau stated that confirmed or preliminarily confirmed diseases in schools required instructors and pupils to be examined and isolated.
For more than three months, Hong Kong had no local transmissions until the end of December.
In an effort to raise the city’s vaccination rate, which is now about 70%, the government has announced that youngsters aged five to eleven would be able to receive vaccines from China’s Sinovac beginning Friday.
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