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UAE suspends classes after Emirati student becomes latest virus victim

UAE Ministry of Education has also issued a circular detailing timings for measures to allow students to learn during enforced Covid-19 absence

UAE suspends classes after Emirati student becomes latest virus victim

No students are allowed to enter government school buildings or facilities for a period of four weeks from Sunday.

A 17-year-old Emirati student has been identified as the latest coronavirus victim in the UAE, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) confirmed on Thursday.

The ministry said that the male pupil is currently receiving medical care and his condition is stable.

It added that precautionary measures have been taken, including the immediate isolation of the patient and the suspension of classes at his school, which was not named.

Teams of specialists have started the necessary sterilisation in and around the school facilities, according to a statement carried by state news agency WAM.

The ministry added that it is also conducting tests for all contacts to ensure their safety and the safety of the community.

Separately, the UAE Ministry of Education has issued a circular giving more details about the closure of government schools and the distance learning measures being put in place in a bid to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

According to the circular, the Spring break holiday officially begins on Sunday and will run until March 19 followed by distance learning which will run from March 22 to April 2.

"No students are allowed to enter government school buildings or facilities for a period of four weeks," the ministry said in comments published by state news agency WAM.

So far, the UAE has reported 28 cases of the virus, known as Covid-19.

The circular added that the school timetable scheduling for distance learning will be from 8.30am to 1.30pm.

Administrative and teaching staff will undergo special training to facilitate distance learning for students from March 15-19.

Staff working hours during this period of time will be 8am to 2pm, the Ministry of Education said.

It added that students will commence normal teaching patterns and attendance from April 5 which marks the beginning of the third semester of the academic year.

The ministry called on students, caretakers and parents, and administrative and teaching staff to adhere to recommendations issued, particularly those related to travel in view of the current coronavirus global health crisis.

During the four-week break, the ministry said it will conduct massive operations to sterilise school and university facilities and buses.

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