Cairo: Qatar’s education authorities have said that in-person attendance will be suspended at all the country’s universities, schools and kindergartens starting April 4 due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Qatar so far has confirmed a total of 180,804 coronavirus cases and 295 fatalities.
Educational institutions will switch to distance learning as of next Sunday. The shift comes in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health as part of precautions to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Education Ministry said.
Teachers and administrative staff will continue to show up at schools while examinations will be conducted in person for students of all education levels, the ministry added.
Qatar has recently tightened restrictions to curtail COVID-19. Starting from Friday, all non-emergency medical services were suspended in Qatar.
Last week, authorities announced closing recreational centres and reducing capacity of shopping centres and cinemas to contain the highly infectious ailment.
In an effort to encourage registering for getting inoculation against COVID-19, the Health Ministry said that people aged 40 and above are eligible to receive the vaccine regardless of their health conditions.