The education ministry has announced that schools will reopen nationwide on Sunday after they were closed due to the rapid spread of the H1N1 swine flu virus amid a seasonal outbreak of the flu and viral fever.
Ahead of a week-long mid-term holiday, schools were closed for three days on March 14 on the advice of the health authorities.
The decision to resume the first term was based on “the spread of the flu during the past 10 days and the social situation”, the education ministry said in a statement on Thursday, which also advised parents not to send children to school if they show any sign of influenza or viral fever.
The Maldives National University has also decided to resume regular classes after closing down over the flu outbreak and the Civil Service Commission has asked pregnant mothers to return to work on Sunday.
Government offices, independent institutions, and state-owned companies approved paid leave for pregnant women last week.
The two tertiary hospitals in Malé have meanwhile announced that makeshift flu clinics set up last week will be closing.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent