WORLD Sri Lanka re-opens primary schools as COVID-19 spread eases


Sri Lanka re-opens primary schools as COVID-19 spread eases


20:40, October 25, 2021

COLOMBO, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Primary schools across Sri Lanka re-opened for students on Monday after being shut for months due to a rapid spread of the COVID-19, officials said here.

School girls attend class at a Buddhist school in Colombo on October 21, 2021. (Photo: VCG)

Students from primary one to five were informed to attend their respective schools as the education ministry said that all health precautions had been taken to ensure the safety of the students.

On Monday morning, parents were seen taking their children to school, wearing face masks, while teachers stood at the entrance of each school checking temperatures and allowing children to enter the premises only after washing their hands.

Officials from the education ministry told Xinhua that all schools had been informed to place the desks of the children one meter apart and avoid direct interaction with one another.

Schools islandwide were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic late last year as the country faced three waves of the virus.

Health authorities said the number of infected had reduced in recent weeks but urged people to remain cautious and practice all health guidelines.

The country has to date recorded 536,084 patients since March last year and recorded 13,611 deaths.

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