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Thai schools, academic institutions to reopen on July 1



Thailand’s Ministry of Education said on Thursday that it is coordinating with the Ministry of Public Health to pave way for the re-opening of schools nationwide on July 1 and to ensure the safety of students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Actually students are at a greater risk of infection in schools than shoppers in malls, because they spend five to six hours together during the school day,” said Panpimon Wipulakorn, director-general for the Department of Health.

Panpimon also said it will be challenging for teachers to ensure that students observe the health advisories, such as wearing face masks all the time at school, regularly washing their hands and keeping physical distancing.

The director-general said that 3.8 percent of Thailand’s COVID-19 infections are among those aged between 10 and 19, most of whom contracted the virus from other family members.

“However the good thing about infected children is that their condition rarely becomes severe, however they are still able to infect their peers in school,” Panpimon warned.

The Ministry of Education had already distributed handbooks to all academic institutions about social-distancing and putting personal hygiene as priority.

Panpimon asked parents not to panic and to teach their children on how to protect themselves against the virus.

She advised parents to learn how to communicate online with the other parents and teachers.


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