The administration of Ho Chi Minh City has approved a proposal by the municipal education department to allow students citywide to enjoy two more weeks off school to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The school break, which has lasted since February 3, will be extended until February 29, the Standing Committee of the municipal People's Committee said on Friday afternoon. All kindergarteners and school students in Ho Chi Minh City have stayed home since the Lunar New Year holiday, which began in late January. Their back-to-school day had been initially scheduled for February 3 but was delayed twice to February 17 due to the COVID-19 epidemic. This is the third time the school break has been extended in less than a month. Vietnam confirmed its first infections on January 22, when two Chinese nationals were hospitalized in Ho Chi Minh City and tested positive for the new coronavirus. Both patients have recovered and been released from the hospital as of Wednesday. All 63 provinces and cities in Vietnam have allowed K-12 students to take at least one extra week off after the Lunar New Year holiday. Hanoi said on Friday afternoon students in the capital city… Read full this story
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