Several Schools Forced To Close Again Due To New Infections

Samakkhi Witthayakhom School
Samakkhi Witthayakhom School

Several schools in Chiang Rai, Chai Nat and Kalasin have been forced to close again due to COVID-19 infections only a few days after reopening on Monday.

Chiang Rai governor Prajon Pratsakul revealed that Samakkhi Witthayakhom School, Chiang Rai Technical School, Chiang Rai Kindergarten School and schools under the authority of Chiang Rai municipality have switched back to online learning.

This follows a cluster of infections in tambon Tap Tao in Thoeng district which included a Mathayom 5 student who contracted the virus from a parent.

In the meantime, the provincial governor has instructed schools to monitor any students who usually travel from tambon Tap Tao and put in place disease control measures.

The provincial communicable disease control office has announced a 9 pm-5 am curfew and ordered the closure of all markets.

The number of infections in this cluster stood at 17 on Thursday with the first three cases reported on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in Chai Nat, two schools were closed yesterday after parents of students were found infected with COVID-19.

Watthana Chai Nat School and Chai Nat Kindergarten School, both announced they would be closed from yesterday until further notice.

Prapatson Yimkiat, vice director of the kindergarten school, said the school would switch to online classes and would wait for further measures to be announced by the province.

Education Ministry spokeswoman, Kesthip Supawanich, said yesterday the ministry will hold talks with the Public Health Ministry over disease-control measures following reports of school closures.

The provincial communicable disease control committee in Kalasin has ordered a 14-day closure of schools in the municipal area after nine pupils aged 6 to 10 contracted the virus.

The infected pupils are linked to the ordination cluster in tambon Buakho in Muang district, the latest to rock the province.

Ms Supawanich said the Department of Health will provide disease control guidelines to schools to help prevent outbreaks.

Initially, schools are instructed to suspend onsite classes.

“We’ve asked all the provincial communicable disease committees to follow the measures laid down by the Department of Health. Onsite class must be suspended if there is an outbreak,” she said.