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COVID-19: Medical Association, Teachers' Association call to halt schools

Ahmed Aiham
11 March 2020, MVT 14:45
A teacher (C) wearing a facemask teaches as students attend the class at a governement-run high school in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad, on March 4, 2020, as part of health measures taken against the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. PHOTO: NOAH SEELAM / AFP
Ahmed Aiham
11 March 2020, MVT 14:45

Maldivian Medical Association (MMA) and Teachers' Association of Maldives (TAM) on Tuesday urged the government to temporarily halt educational institutions in a bid to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.

Maldives Medical Association called to halt public gatherings. PHOTO: TWITTER
Teachers' Association of Maldives called to suspend schools. PHOTO: TWITTER

However, Minister of Health Aishath Ali stated that a situation to suspend the operation of schools has yet to present itself.

An infograph depicting the risks associated with densely populated areas and the possible transmission of viral infections. INFOGRAPH: TWITTER

ADK Hospital's Chief Medical Officer and Paediatrician Dr Abdulla Niyaf, on Tuesday, said that "it would be wise to close" down schools. He also urged the government to consider online teaching platforms as a viable alternative.

Presently there are eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maldives.

The virus, which originated from Wuhan City in Hubei Province, China, has infected over 118,000 worldwide and claimed the lives of more than 4,200 people. From those infected, over 65,100 have recovered from the disease.

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