Myanmar parents in favour of school closures amid coronavirus cases
November 28, 2022
Asia

Myanmar parents in favour of school closures amid coronavirus cases

YANGON (MYANMAR) – Myanmar shut down schools nationwide on Thursday as infections from coronavirus have increased.

Myanmar has recorded more than 200 Covid-19 cases since early last week after going without any reports of getting infected with the virus through domestic sources for a month.

Thin Thin, a Yangon parent, “The students have many years ahead for studying. Taking precautions against the virus is much more important for all of us.”

Khin Zaw Haling, a government official, said health measures must be strictly followed, after 70 new infections on Tuesday, which has been Myanmar’s biggest daily rise.

“Now we have to again take more individual precautions,” he said.

The impact of the coronavirus has been less in Myanmar, when compared with Indonesia and the Philippines, with just six deaths and 586 infections since late March.

Parent Swe Sin Hlaing said, “We all have to be careful,” she said. “If we don’t take precautions, the situation would be uncontrollable.”

One new case in Yangon on Thursday was linked to Sittwe, which is home to crowded camps where 100,000 Rohingya Muslims have been constricted.

Parents are happy about schools closing again. “I’m afraid the students won’t pay attention to their studies if the schools keeps closing,” said Aye Aye Htwe, 53.

(Photos syndicated via Reuters)
This story has been edited by BH staff and is published from a syndicated field.

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