COVID-19: Qatar suspends school, university courses as infections rise


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Qatar education authorities have said in-person attendance will be suspended at all universities, schools and kindergartens nationwide from April 4 due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
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Cairo: Qatar education authorities have said in-person attendance will be suspended at all universities, schools and kindergartens nationwide from April 4 due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Qatar has so far confirmed a total of 180,804 coronavirus cases and 295 deaths.

Educational institutions will switch to distance education starting next Sunday. The change comes in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health as part of the precautions to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, the education ministry said.

Reinforced restrictions

Teachers and administrative staff will continue to show up at schools while exams will be held in person for students of all levels of education, the ministry added.

Qatar recently tightened restrictions to reduce COVID-19. As of Friday, all non-emergency medical services have been suspended in Qatar.

Authorities last week announced the closure of recreation centers and the reduction in the capacity of shopping malls and cinemas to contain the highly contagious disease.

In an effort to encourage registration to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Department of Health has said that people aged 40 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine regardless of their medical condition.

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