Hong Kong to suspend all schools due to spike in coronavirus cases

HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s Education Bureau on Friday announced the suspension of all schools from Monday after a sharp rise in locally transmitted coronavirus cases fuelled fears of renewed community spread.

Schools in the Asian financial hub have been mostly shut since January, with many having switched to online learning and lessons by conference call. Many international schools are already on summer break.

Hong Kong reported 38 new coronavirus cases on Friday, edging down from Thursday’s 42 but broadly in line with a sharp increase that the city registered over the past three days.

Authorities said 32 of the new cases were locally transmitted after the city reported mostly imported cases for months.

The total number of cases since late January now stands at 1,404. Seven people have died.

Some of the recent cases involved students and parents, said Education Secretary Kevin Yeung.

“Many parents are worried about the sudden growth of local transmission cases in the past few days,” said Mimi Tsang, mother of 12-year-old student Melony.

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