Schools, universities close over virus surge

Primary schools around Syria were to be closed indefinitely amid a severe increase of coronavirus cases in the war-torn country, while universities would suspend classes for only two weeks and high schools would remain open, the government announced on Saturday 3 April, reports Asharq Al-Awsat.

Education Minister Darem Tabbaa told state news agency SANA that the closures would go into effect on Monday 5 April. The Ministry of Higher Education said private and public universities would suspend classes for two weeks starting Monday.

Syria is witnessing a sharp increase in coronavirus cases. Last month, state media reported that intensive care units in state hospitals in the capital of Damascus were full, and that medical staff were told to prepare for a large influx of coronavirus patients.
Full report on the Asharq Al-Awsat site