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Hong Kong schools to remain closed through easter, SCMP reports

  • Daniela Wei

    Bloomberg

Hong Kong   /   Tue, February 25, 2020   /   01:37 pm
Hong Kong schools to remain closed through easter, SCMP reports A child plays in a playground of a public housing estate while wearing a mask as a precautionary measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Hong Kong on February 23, 2020. (AFP/VIVEK PRAKASH)

Hong Kong will extend school closures until at least the end of the Easter break in mid-April, the South China Morning Post reported, citing people it didn’t identify.

Schools will remain suspended through April 10, when Good Friday falls, according to the report. Education officials are still inclined to hold written tests for university entrance exams as planned from March 27 onward, the report said.

The city’s Education Secretary will hold a briefing at 2 p.m. local time on Tuesday. Earlier this month, the Hong Kong government extended school closures to March 16.

The city’s students haven’t gone to school since the Lunar New Year break began in late January. The third and final secondary school placement exam for Grade 6 primary school students have been canceled.

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Hong Kong has 81 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to a government statement late Monday. The illness has claimed more than 2,600 lives in mainland China since emerging in December. Nearly 78,000 people in China have been diagnosed with the virus, most in Hubei province, where the outbreak began.