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More schools to reopen amid pandemic

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 8 2020   /  01:00 am
Children, who have missed their online classes due to a lack of internet facilities, maintain a safe distance as they listen to pre-recorded lessons over loudspeakers, after schools were closed following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Dandwal village in the western state of Maharashtra, India, July 28, 2020. Picture taken July 28, 2020. (REUTERS/Prashant Waydande)

A joint decree issued in June by the education minister, the religious affairs minister, the home minister and the health minister agreed on the reopening of schools in so-called “green zones”, areas free of COVID-19, at the beginning of July. Amid daily increases in coronavirus cases in the archipelago – only a month after its implementation – a revised joint decree that allows for more schools to reopen was issued on Friday. This time around they will allow schools located in yellow zones with low COVID-19 risk to reopen. The government has color-coded the COVID-19 infection condition for regions across Indonesia with green, yellow, orange and red. Green zones are for areas that have zero cases of COVID-19 infection, yellow zones for areas that have low COVID-19 risk, orange zones for areas with moderate COVID-19 risk and red zones are areas that have high...