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Vietnam begins reopening faculties after year-long pandemic closure


HANOI — Greater than 17 million Vietnamese college students had been because of return to highschool on Monday for the primary time in a couple of yr, the well being ministry mentioned, as authorities introduced plans to begin vaccinating youngsters from as younger as 5 towards coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19).

The Southeast Asian nation lifted lots of its coronavirus curbs in October, however nearly all college students had been confined to taking on-line courses since early final yr.

Most faculties within the nation are because of reopen by the center of February, the well being ministry mentioned in an announcement.

In a separate assertion on the weekend, the federal government mentioned it meant to purchase 21.9 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for kids aged between 5 and 12.

Greater than 75% of Vietnam’s 98 million folks have acquired no less than two vaccine pictures and authorities intention to manage a booster shot to the entire grownup inhabitants by the tip of March.

Colleges within the capital Hanoi will begin reopening from Tuesday, with precautions equivalent to temperature checks and protocols in place in case optimistic circumstances are detected, authorities mentioned.

Vietnam managed to include the coronavirus for many of 2020 earlier than the Delta variant drove up infections final yr.

The ministry of well being mentioned the nation reported 14,112 new circumstances on Sunday. Total, Vietnam has reported 2.34 million COVID-19 infections and greater than 38,300 deaths. — Reuters

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