Covid-19: Hong Kong shuts secondary schools over fears

More cases have been confirmed in secondary school pupils, and hundreds of instructors and students have been thrown into quarantine as a result of possible exposure

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Due to the rise of Covid-19 infections at different schools in the Chinese-ruled territory, Hong Kong’s Education Bureau made a point of saying on Thursday (Jan 20) that physical teaching in secondary schools would be discontinued beginning January 24.

More cases have been confirmed in secondary school pupils, and hundreds of instructors and students have been thrown into quarantine as a result of possible exposure.

After numerous students were affected by family members, the city switched kindergarten and primary school sessions online last Friday, prompting anxiety among their peer’s parents.

This is at least the fourth round of in-person suspensions since the Covid-19 outbreak started in Hong Kong, including one that was one of the world’s longest school closures. The current ban will remain until February 7, according to the administration.

After a handful of youngsters tested positive for Covid-19, the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers asked the Education Bureau to consider the health of students and instructors, according to public broadcaster RTHK.

After being mostly Covid-free for more than a year, Hong Kong has confirmed roughly 90 domestic illnesses since the end of December, when Omicron penetrated its fortress-like boundaries.

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While the overwhelming of the new cases are Omicron, authorities were caught off guard by a sudden flare-up of the Delta variety this week. Authorities mandated the slaughter of over 2,000 tiny pet animals after an illness was identified in a 23-year-old pet shop employee who had no recent foreign travel or high-risk contacts.

Because of the coronavirus, the city’s officials have enhanced quarantine rules for airline crews and canceled transit flights from approximately 150 countries worldwide for a month.

It has also reestablished social restrictions. Bars and clubs, movies, gyms, and beauty salons were among the fifteen types of establishments forced to shut while eating in restaurants was prohibited after 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, Hong Kong added 18 new cases of Covid-19, 11 of which are local, raising the overall number of cases to almost 12,800 and 213 deaths.

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