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Schools reopen after two months of lockdown

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

02nd Jun, 2020. 11:02 am
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Singapore Children return to schools after nearly two months of strict lockdown due to the novel coronavirus that has claimed numerous lives across the globe.

Media reports said, the children returned to schools with temperatures checked, masks fitted, and hand sanitizers ready at the entrances.

It was observed that after a bell, students sang the national anthem through face masks that are required by law.

The teacher then asked everyone in the class to put thermometers in their mouths and he went desk-to-desk recording temperatures. The students then cleaned their thermometers with an alcohol wipe and, one-by-one, dropped the wipes in a bin. During recess, children will have to sit apart at the canteen. Singapore has recorded more than 35,000 coronavirus cases and 24 deaths. Most cases have been among migrant workers living in dormitories.

On the other hand, some schools in the United Kingdom have reopened as lockdown restrictions began to ease. Most pupils have been kept away from classes for 10 weeks.

But there is intense debate about whether it is too soon to reopen. However, a survey conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research found that primary school leaders expect about half the families to keep their children home.

The schools will only start reopening in England because each of Britain’s four nations follows its health guidelines. Scotland is waiting until August and Northern Ireland is eyeing September, while Wales is still making up its mind.

The death toll due to novel coronavirus in the United Kingdom now stands at 39,045 with 276K cases across the country.

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