UAE to close schools for a month as Coronavirus outbreak reaches 27

Latest Coronavirus outbreak: UAE schools to close for month as number of cases rise to 27

The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued a notice to close schools for a month in an attempt to try to contain the outbreak of the Cornovairus in the region. Schools and universities across the UAE  will close starting Sunday, March 8 for a month to contain the spread of Covid-19, the country’s Ministry of Education announced on Tuesday.

The UAE government is one of the first to react to the coronavirus outbreak. As it aims to contain the outbreak which has seen a surge of new cases. On Tuesday reported six new cases of coronavirus which include two people from Russia, two from Italy, one from Germany, and one from Colombia, state news agency WAM reported citing the country’s health authorities.

The six new coronavirus infections take the tally of confirmed cases in the country to 27.

According to an official statement, the move forms part of “preventive and precautionary measures to ensure the safety of students and is in line with efforts and measures taken at the national level, aimed at reducing the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).”

Educational institutions will now be off from March 8 to 29, the statement added.

Information about Coronavirus COVID-19

The Virus spreads through germs, when the infected person coughs, sneezes or is visibly sick. The person who coughs or sneezes should catch there cough/sneeze in a tissue and then dispose of it immediately.
In a typical setting, in the home, a virus can incubate itself and survive for approximately 24 hours. So always wipe down all surfaces, especially when you cook. Protect you and your family by using antibacterial wipes when you enter the home, from germs that may have been brought in from the outside whilst shopping.
If you are 2.5 meters away from the person who sneezes you should be safe from infection. Or give them a mask. If you feel you were closer than approx 2.5 meters then you should wash your hands with antibacterial gel and also wash your face with soapy water.
Drink and consume plenty of Vitamin C, although it is not a cure, it will help the immune system fight against the Coronavirus, COVID19.

Spring break in the country which was due to begin from March 29 will instead begin on March 8 in the Emirates and last two weeks. According to the UAE Education Ministry, distance learning will be carried out during the remaining two weeks when pupils will work from home. But the UAE is to close all schools for a month during this period.

The ‘Learn from Afar’ programme, which will be implemented from March 22 to April 5, is due to be trailed in select public schools on Wednesday.

A rigorous sterilisation programme will be carried out at the educational facilities by trained health professionals and sanitisation departments during the four-week break.

The education ministry has urged parents to provide an appropriate educational environment for students at home by providing the suitable places, internet access, as well as providing computers – tablets – smartphone for use in distance education and encouraging students to practice distance learning thoroughly so that they can complete all tutorials,

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