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In-person education for all except twelfth grades remains closed: MP

  2021-03-24  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo - Students take examinations in a school somewhere in the Kurdistan Region (File)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Chair of the Kurdistan Parliament’s Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research Abdusalam Dolamari said on Wednesday (March 24) that in-classroom education will remain closed for all but twelfth graders for an indefinite period citing a significant spike in coronavirus cases in the Kurdistan Region.

Dolamari said in a statement that the extension will be in effect until the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Committee to Combat Coronavirus meet and release new instructions.

On February 7, students went back to classrooms after a long-while closure, but the schools were again shuttered on March 10 by the anti-coronavirus committee to curb a spike in COVID-19 infections.

KRG Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research’s Spokesperson Abbas Akram said that the classes will restart at the universities and institutes on March 27.

On Wednesday, KRG Ministry of health logged 516 new coronavirus cases, seven new deaths and 224 recoveries over past 24 hours.

Overall, there have been 116,811 officially-logged cases. Out of that, 107,418 have recovered and 3,617 have died.

Minister of Health Saman Barznji said that 336,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive in Iraq on Thursday including 43,000 to the Kurdistan Region in the same day.

The ministry began a vaccine rollout campaign in early March after China donated 5,000 doses of Sinopharm to the Region.

The Kurdistan Region recorded the first coronavirus cases on March 1 last year and the cases were climbing before declining to just few tens.

The highest daily infections were logged on October 27 with 1,597 cases.

(Zhyan English)