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Syria faculties start closing exams weeks early due to virus

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A whole bunch of hundreds of scholars in government-controlled elements of Syria started taking closing exams Sunday after a three-week faculties closure to restrict the unfold of the coronavirus, state information company SANA reported.

Syria has witnessed a pointy enhance in instances in current weeks resulting in the closure of faculties and universities in addition to some state establishments.

Some 1.5 million college students from fifth grade via highschool went to 10,550 faculties to take exams amid measures to stop the unfold of the virus, together with sporting masks and sanitizing lecture rooms, SANA mentioned.

The exams are being given almost a month sooner than scheduled as faculties will shut early this 12 months due to the pandemic that has sickened tens of hundreds of individuals within the war-torn nation.

SANA quoted a Ministry of Training official as saying that over the previous two days all faculties had been sanitized in preparation for the exams in government-held areas.

Tens of hundreds of individuals have examined optimistic for the virus in Syria, together with about 22,000 in authorities held elements of the nation. Greater than 1,500 folks have been killed by COVID-19 in areas below the management of President Bashar Assad’s authorities.

Sunday’s exams got here a day after the Syrian authorities acquired the primary batch of Chinese language COVID-19 vaccines, a present of 150,000 jabs to Damascus.

The Chinese language batch got here a number of days after greater than 200,000 jabs had been delivered to Syria via the United Nations-led platform that gives vaccines to the needy.

The U.N.-provided AstraZeneca vaccines had been a part of the U.N.-led marketing campaign aiming to vaccinate 20% of the nation’s inhabitants earlier than the tip of the 12 months. Frontline employees, the aged and people with continual illnesses had been precedence.

In Syria, the federal government controls about two-thirds of the territory, with the remainder held by opposition fighters and Kurdish factions. Hundreds of thousands have fled the nation or been displaced, and the warfare has killed some half 1,000,000 folks.

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