Schools in Cambodia re-open after COVID-19 situation eases

PHNOM PENH (XINHUA) – Schools in Cambodia re-opened yesterday after a six-month closure due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said in an earlier statement that schools must strictly adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines to curb the virus spread.

He said teachers and students must wear face masks, have their body temperature checked, regularly wash hands with soap or alcohol- and gel-based sanitisers, and keep social distancing of 1.5 metres in classrooms.

The minister said anyone whose body temperature is higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius is not allowed to enter the school.

“The number of students in a classroom must not be more than 20 to 25,” Chuon Naron said, adding that the schools can arrange students to attend school two or three days a week and do the rest of their learning at home.

Cambodia has seen success in controlling the spread of COVID-19. The Southeast Asian country has recorded 274 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, said a Ministry of Health’s statement yesterday, adding that none have died and 272 have recovered.

Face mask-clad students have their temperature taken at the school compound in Phnom Penh. PHOTO: AFP