Coronavirus in UAE: All Schools and Universities to Remain Closed for Four Weeks
The Ministry of Education UAE has decided to close all schools and universities for four weeks.
The Ministry of Education UAE has decided to close down all the schools and universities in the UAE starting from March 8th 2020. This decision has been taken in the ‘best interests of the health & safety of students and the wider education community at schools & universities.’ According to a report in Gulf News, the Ministry has announced that all public Ministry of Education schools will start distant learning initiatives in the last two weeks of these holidays. The private schools are also encouraged to share their distance learning plans with parents and students. During these four weeks of holidays, the facilities in schools shall be deeply cleaned.
The decision has come up after the announcement by the Ministry of Health and Prevention about six new Coronavirus cases in the UAE. These new cases were from Russia, Italy, Germany, and Columbia and were associated with the cycling event, the UAE tour. While two cases were announced on Friday 24th February 2020, the total number of Coronavirus cases in Dubai has reached 27 now. The earlier patients belonged to China but there are now cases across the world and the current detections show that the virus has spread globally. Although the epicentre of Coronavirus was Wuhan China, it is now a pandemic spreading rapidly across the world.
Earlier, the Ministry of Health and Prevention in the UAE had issued new guidelines for screening in order to prevent the virus. Six countries that include China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran, Japan, Singapore and Italy are on the travel watch list. Passengers travelling from these countries need to be kept in isolation and tested. Those showing signs of infection need to be placed in immediate isolation. According to the Ministry of Health and Prevention, "If an isolation room with airborne precautions are not available, the patient must be placed in an adequately ventilated single room with a separate bathroom.”