Authorities in several Vietnamese localities, including Hanoi, have required all students to stay home and switch to remote learning from Tuesday due to the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The northern provinces of Ha Nam, Vinh Phuc, and Yen Bai, central Quang Nam Province, and central Da Nang City took similar moves.
The students will not go to school until further notice.
The timeline for tests and examinations will remain unchanged in the meantime.
Representatives of the education departments of Hanoi, Ha Nam, Yen Bai and Vinh Phuc said they would consider delaying the end of the school year and propose adjustments to the schedules for entrance exams to middle schools and high schools and the national high school graduation exam if the school closure lasts more than two weeks.
At least 37 local infections have been recorded in multiple Vietnamese localities, including Hanoi, Ha Nam, Vinh Phuc, Yen Bai, Quang Nam and Da Nang, since April 27 after Vietnam had gone about a month without detecting any community transmission.
The country has confirmed 2,985 coronavirus infections, including 1,607 local cases and 35 deaths, since the virus first struck the country on January 23, 2020, according to the health ministry’s data.
Recoveries reached 2,560 as of Tuesday morning.