CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan relaxes COVID-19 prevention rules for schools

05/07/2022 09:37 PM
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An entrance to National Taiwan University
An entrance to National Taiwan University's main campus in Taipei. It was one of the universities that recently suspended all in-person classes for two weeks. CNA file photo

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) Schools at the secondary and tertiary level in Taiwan will no longer be at risk of complete closure because of COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said Saturday.

With effect from May 8, the rules will be changed to allow on-site classes to continue even if the schools have several cases of COVID-19, Education Minister Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠) said at a press briefing.

Currently, schools are required to suspend in-person teaching if COVID-19 cases or contacts are confirmed in one-third or at least 10 of their classes.

High schools and above

When the MOE's new regulations are implemented next week, junior and senior high school students who sit close to a COVID-19 infected person will be sent home for three days and will each be provided with a rapid test kit, the MOE said in a statement.

In tertiary education institutions, instructors and students will be free to discuss whether to switch to online classes until the end of the semester, if there are COVID-19 cases in the class, the MOE said.

Elementary and pre-schools

At the press briefing, Pan said the regulations will be different for elementary and pre-schools, as children in Taiwan under the age of 12 have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19.

At that level, therefore, classes will be suspended for three days if someone in the class tests positive for COVID-19, Pan said at the daily press briefing held by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

On the fourth day, the students will be required to take a rapid test, provided by the school, and they can return to class once the results are negative, he said.

Cram schools

Private cram schools and tutoring centers will be required to adhere to the rules pertaining to the education level of their students, Pan added.

According to MOE data, some 32,193 students in Taiwan were confirmed with COVID-19 infections between April 20, 2021 and May 6 this year, with 31,440 classified as domestic cases and 753 as imported.

(By William Yen)

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The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of May 7, Taiwan recorded 288,633 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 11,811 from 2,396 on Jan. 1.
The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of May 7, Taiwan recorded 288,633 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 11,811 from 2,396 on Jan. 1.
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