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By Linda Khoo Hui Li
BANGKOK, Jan. 27 -- All educational institutions in 27 highly-controlled areas in Thailand will reopen starting February 1 and will strictly comply with COVID-19 preventive measures to curb the spread of the virus, announced Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan.
However, educational institutions in Samut Sakhon, a province where the current outbreak began in mid-December and designated as “maximum and strict control zone” by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), would remain closed as the situation is still intense, he said.
He said educational institutions in Bangkok and its vicinity including Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom and Pathum Thani shall be reopened, and the number of students in the classroom will be limited to 25.
“In case any educational institutions are not able to accommodate sufficient classrooms, it shall arrange for students to attend school on alternate days,” he said in a statement.
Following the latest outbreak in Samut Sakhon in mid-December, all educational institutions in 28 highly-controlled areas were ordered to close from January 4.
To date, Thailand recorded 15,465 COVID-19 cases and 76 deaths.