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Oman will not open schools if Covid-19 numbers increase

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Muscat: Oman has announced that it will not open schools if coronavirus numbers in the country continue to rise.

"If the numbers continue to rise, we will not be able to open schools," Health Ministry's Health Affairs undersecretary Dr Mohammad Al Hosni said.

"Additionally, health services are also directed to serve COVID-19 patients.

"If the numbers do not decrease, we will not be able to restore services to their previous status before the pandemic."

During the Supreme Committee's 15th press conference, Education Minister Dr Madiha Al Shaibani said the approved framework of reopening schools is flexible.

"If we need to shut down the schools, we will go for distance learning and learning through TV channels," he said.

"There are committees for this purpose at the level of schools, governorates educational directories.

"The Ministry of Health will monitor the students' condition closely.

"The physical attendance of students in the classroom is subject to revaluation in coordination with the Ministry of Health and the Supreme Committee," he added.