HN closes schools from Feb. 2 due to COVID-19


VP – All schools in Ha Noi from kindergarten level will close between February 1 and February 16 to prevent the spreading of the novel coronavirus, according to a decision of Deputy Chairman of the Ha Noi municipal People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung.

Xuan Phuong Primary School is lockdowned as a hird grader  was infected with the novel coronavirus. About 80 students and teachers exposed to the child patient have been put under quarantined since January 30.

School break will take place one week ahead of schedule for Tet holidays in favor of disease prevention amid continuous reports of new community cases of the viral disease in the city and northern localities.

Accordingly, all learners from kindergarten schools to universities will stay home from February 1 until the end of February 16.

The Ha Noi municipal People’s Committee also tasked the local Department of Education and Training to direct grass-root education and training offices and schools to seriously implement Directive 05/CT-TTg, dated January 28, 2021 and Telegraph 02/CD-UBND, dated January 28, 2021 on disease prevention and ensure safety for teachers, staffs, and pupils.

Ha Noi was the seventh locality in Viet Nam to apply early school breaks for disease prevention after Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Bac Ninh, Gia Lai and Thai Binh.

On early January 31, Ha Noi recorded five new cases in Nam Tu Liem District, who are all family members of "patient 1694", taking its tally to nine in the last four days.

A leader of the Ha Noi Department of Education and Training was quoted as saying that some 25,000 officials, teachers and employees of the city’s education sector have to stay at home as they are related to a Covid-19 patient in Nam Tu Liem district.

Particularly, a third grader at Xuan Phuong Primary School in Nam Tu Liem district was infected with the novel coronavirus, then 80 students and teachers exposed to the child patient have been put under quarantined since January 30.

Vice Chairman Dung stressed that as a step to strengthen anti-Covid-19 measures, schools in Ha Noi must review and list all staff members and students who had direct and indirect contact with Covid-19 patients and report to the local authorities.

He called upon local people to further comply with Covid-19 prevention regulations to prevent the spread of the disease and conduct precautionary measures of quick testing, contact tracing, masking up in public places, and washing hands.

Earlier, a number of cultural activities celebrating the Lunar New Year festival (Tet) in Ha Noi have been postponed in the face of a new COVID-19 outbreak including the inauguration of a community space in Phuc Tan ward of Hoan Kiem district (initially slated for January 31), a Tet market planned to be held in the Duong Lam ancient village of Son Tay town (scheduled on January 30), and a roundtable on the buffalo, the zodiac sign for 2021 (on January 30)./.

By Kim Anh