Sri Lanka education ministry decided to close all government schools from March 13th to April 20th. The first term ends from tomorrow and holidays of all schools will last till April 20th, stated Minister of Education Dullas Alahapperuma. All universities are closed too.
The decision to move the term holiday forward has been taken as a measure to prevent parents of students from panicking over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), stated the Minister at a press conference currently underway.
Accordingly, all schools on the island will be closed off until the 20th of April. The decision was taken following a discussion held at the Ministry of Education earlier.
Coronavirus outbreak labelled as pandemic by World Health Organization WHO. WHO named it as “Covid-19”.
😷 29 suspected (21 locals and 8 foreigners) (Pending results)
😷 1st Sri Lankan (Tourist Guide) tested positive for Covid-19, a tour guide (52 years old), currently at IDH Colombo
😷 1000 passengers arrived from South Korea, Italy and Iran now at Quarantine centers.
😷 On Arrival visa suspended
😷 Two persons have been admitted to the Polonnaruwa hospital on the suspicion of having contracted the novel coronavirus
😷 Police to take legal action against false rumors on coronavirus
😷 Son of coronavirus patient has not contracted the virus – Dr Jasinghe
😷 All schools closed till April 20th
😷 All educational tours to be cancelled temporarily.
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