More than 1.7 million Saigon students take early Tet break amid new Covid-19 wave
24 other Vietnam localities have allowed their students to begin their Tet break early
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Over 1.7 million students in Saigon would begin their Tet break starting Tuesday as fresh Covid-19 outbreak started last week. The break, decided by the municipal People’s Committee, will commence about a week earlier than expected. As scheduled, students of the southern metropolis should have their Lunar New Year break from Feb. 8 to Feb. 16. Schools are advised to schedule online classes to ensure their students keep up with the curriculum, VNExpress reported.
Saigon currently has over 1.74 million students from kindergarten to high school levels, along with over 100,000 teachers and school employees. Thousands of university and college students across the city had already begun their Tet break last week.
In Hanoi, the authorities in Vietnam’s capital city on Sunday (Jan 31) announced that all schools in the city would close, after locking down several residential areas and a factory in the northern province of Hai Duong, the outbreak’s epicentre, since the first cases of community transmission in almost two months were detected there last week.
As of Monday, 24 other Vietnam localities have allowed their students to begin their Tet break early.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 30 new Covid-19 community transmissions and one imported case on Monday evening.
Vietnam has officially recorded 1,850 Covid-19 cases so far, with 393 currently active, including 270 since Jan. 18 when the third wave of Covid-19 started. Infections have spread to nine localities: Hai Duong topped the list with 205 cases, followed by Quang Ninh (30), Hanoi (19), Gia Lai (6), Bac Ninh (3), Hoa Binh (2), Binh Duong (2) and HCMC and Hai Phong have one each, according to VNExpress.
A total of more 26,000 people are being quarantined at hospitals, centralized facilities and at home.