Hong Kong closes schools due to rising coronavirus cases
The Education Bureau in Hong Kong announced Friday it would suspend all in-person school sessions beginning Monday following a spike in locally transmitted COVID-19 cases.
Schools across Hong Kong have been mostly closed since January, with substituted online learning lessons, according to Reuters.
The city reported 38 new coronavirus cases on Friday, slightly lower than the 42 confirmed cases on Thursday. However, cases have generally been rising in Hong Kong over the last several days.
Officials said 32 of the new cases were from local transmissions, which contrasts the mostly imported cases the city has reported over the past few months.
As it stands, Hong Kong has recorded a total number of 1,404 cases and seven fatalities due to COVID-19.
Hong Kong Education Secretary Kevin Yeung said that some of the recent cases were discovered in both students and parents.
According to a February survey by the Education University of Hong Kong, more than two-thirds of parents, regardless of income, said they think students have struggles learning from home.
The Society for Community Organisation conducted a survey of around 600 low-income students, revealing 70 percent did not have computers and 28 percent are without broadband internet, Reuters reported.
Despite some concerns, the closure comes ahead of summer break, which most students are already on.
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