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Hanoi hopes for students to return to school in March
Hanoi’s Department of Education and Training hopes to resume in-class teaching for students from March 3 if low Covid-19 risks allow, Dan Tri reports.
The proposal is pending approval from the city’s People Committee. A deciding factor is whether Hanoi’s number of cases and transmission level can be maintained at a low as currently.
If nothing changes, March 3 will possibly observe 14 consecutive days of no new community cases in the city. Wednesday evening marks day eight. However, Hanoi Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests people to continue keeping their guards up.
By Feb. 22, 51 out of 63 provinces and cities in Vietnam have allowed reopening of kindergartens, secondary schools and continuing education. Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hai Duong and several provinces await further directions.
Meanwhile, all post-secondary students in public institutions, except military schools, are still on Tet break. Many universities have announced plans for online learning.
Hanoi has closed schools since Feb. 1 in light of its first Covid-19 cases in 2021. Thirty new cases have been registered in the city so far, while the total number in the country is 820 new cases from Jan. 27 to Wednesday evening.
Worldwide over 112 million people have been infected with the virus so far, including almost 2.5 million deaths.