Myanmar Closes Govt and Private High Schools Amid COVID-19 Surge

By Thazin Hlaing 26 August 2020

YANGON – Due to a surge in COVID-19 transmissions in Myanmar, private high schools across the country will be temporarily closed from tomorrow (Thursday), according to the Basic Education Department’s deputy director-general, Dr. Tin Maung Win.

The closure came after Myanmar reported a record-breaking 100 positive cases on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning —with most of the cases in Rakhine State.

Myanmar only opened around 6,500 out of 7,173 high schools in July, a month later than the normal school term. The government originally planned to reopen the rest by the end of this month.

“The current transmission rate is alarming. Among those testing positive are those with no contact history, meaning that it’s a very serious situation. That’s why schools will close again,” he said.

As of Wednesday morning, Myanmar has 574 positive cases with six deaths. The country reported its first COVID-19 case in late March.

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