The deadly new flu-like coronavirus originated in central Chinese city of Wuhan, is having impacts on the running of educational activities in several countries including China itself. The capital city of China, Beijing has announced delay to the start of spring semester for all educational institutions like schools, colleges and universities in the city in the wake of outbreak of the virus. The Beijing Education Commission Sunday declared this in a decree.
The decree said, `To effectively curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak on campuses of schools and other educational institutions, it is decided that the start of the 2020 spring semester will be postponed for all schools and kindergartens.’ But a fresh start date for the 2020 spring semester has yet to be fixed.
On the other hand, Singapore government has taken steps to stop the spread of the virus among its citizens by asking students and teachers returning from mainland China to self-quarantine for 14 days. The country’s Ministry of Education announced on Monday that it is going to implement two week leave of absence for all students, teachers and staff upon their arrival back in Singapore. The authority concerned also said that the students staying on leave of absence will be provided with necessary educational support via a home-based learning scheme.
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Singapore has so far reported four cases of Wuhan coronavirus in the country. Consequently, it has asked its citizens to refrain from any non-essential travel to mainland China.
To mention, China’s new strain of flu-like coronavirus has already spread to 17 countries or territories outside of mainland China, including the US, France, India, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Macau. The death toll from the virus is now at least 106— all in China–with more than 4,515 confirmed cases of infection. As per the statement from China’s Health Minister Dr. Ma Xiaowei on Sunday, people can spread the virus before they show relevant symptoms.