Malé, Maldives — The Ministry of Education announces on Thursday that the closure of schools in Malé city will be extended by additional two weeks due to the surge in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases.
According to the ministry, the decision to close all schools in Male’ and its suburbs Hulhumale’ and Vilimale’ until September 17 was made after consulting with relevant institutions such as the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
The education ministry states that the public health situation will be taken into consideration following the two-week closure of schools, before any further decisions regarding schools are finalised.
The schools of Maldives were closed for a long period since March 12 due to the spread of Covid-19, until teaching for all grades across the country were resumed on July 1, except in greater Malé.
The schools in Malé only continued to teach for grades nine to twelve, while online classes were provided for students of lower grades to ensure safety.
Due to the second surge in the number of confirmed cases, the Ministry of Education has decided to once again close all schools in the Male’ region for a two-week period, starting from August 4.
Maldives country has a total of 8,140 confirmed cases and 2,767 of these cases still remain active. While 5,338 people have completely recovered from the virus, 29 people have passed away from it up to date.