Vientiane Closes Schools Following Covid-19 Outbreak

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Vientiane Closes Schools for Lockdown

The Ministry of Education and Sports has issued a notice ordering the closure of schools following an outbreak of Covid-19 in Vientiane Capital.

The notice states that all public and private educational facilities from preschools through to universities will be closed across Vientiane Capital following a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Schools and colleges are to revert to an online learning system, with students in preschool through high school using the Ministry’s teaching and learning platform, and students in vocational colleges and universities using WhatsApp, Skype, Line, Zoom, Webex, Messenger, and other messaging or video conferencing software.

Civil servants working at education offices in Vientiane Capital are to reduce the number of workers to ensure social distancing.

Meetings and seminars involving educational sectors in the capital may not exceed 20 people and must be held with extreme care and in line with measures previously announced by the Taskforce.

All physical sports activities, whether indoors or outdoors, are prohibited.

Teachers, athletes, and students should all be registered to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Laos has ordered a 14-day lockdown for Vientiane Capital in the wake of a surge of coronavirus cases, while other provinces are urged to consider intensifying prevention measures.