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Indonesia to allow some schools outside green zones to conduct offline learning

Post Time:2020-07-28 13:56:25

JAKARTA, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia will allow several schools located outside COVID-19 low risk areas or green zones, to conduct face-to-face learning practices along with tight health protocols, an official said on Monday.

Chief of the Novel Coronavirus Task Force Doni Monardo said that many students have been facing difficulties during the online learning system due to poor internet signals.

Monardo said that several areas situated outside the green zones would be selected for having the permission.

"It is likely in the near future that the schools outside the green zones will be authorized to conduct face-to-face learning practices," Monardo told a press conference after a meeting led by President Joko Widodo.

Still, the schools have to apply tight health protocols including limitations on the number of the students in one classroom and the learning duration, he said.

Monardo did not give further details on whether or not the areas to be selected are classified as yellow zones or red zones.

Indonesia has resumed economic activities including those in the sectors of business, tourism, aviation and education along with the imposition of tight health protocols, although the transmission of the virus remains afloat as of late.

Some of the schools located in the green zones have started reopening since the beginning of this month and some others were expected do so in coming months.

The transmission of COVID-19 remains high in Indonesia but the upbeat over the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in the months ahead has pared down the concern on the fast transmission.

On Monday the Health Ministry reported 1,525 additional cases, bringing the total to 100,303 with 4,838 fatalities.

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