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No general decision had been taken to close schools with the rising numbers of COVID-19 patients in the country after the New Year, the State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control Sudarshani Fernandopulle said yesterday.

She told the Daily Mirror that schools currently in isolated areas might be closed but there would be a COVID-19 Task Force Meeting today to discuss all matters.

Meanwhile, Education Ministry said that no decision had been taken yet to close schools again, Education Ministry Secretary Professor Kapila Perera said. He told the Daily Mirror that the Ministry is trying to continue the operation of schools as much as they can.

However, the decision on closing the schools will have to be taken by the Health Ministry and the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), the Professor said.

Meanwhile, Public Health Inspectors' (PHI) Union President Upul Rohana said no decision was taken regarding the closure of schools in the country.

However, Education Minister Professor G. L. Pieris yesterday announced that the reopening of universities will be postponed by another two weeks due to the prevailing COVID situation in the country. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Lal Friday, 23 April 2021 09:19 AM

    DONT worry state minister tomorrow BREAKING NEWS. Schools closed until MAY 5 Th

    Romanis Friday, 23 April 2021 09:41 AM

    There are three Health Ministers, each commenting on different aspects related to Covid 19 ? Pavitra, Sudharshani and Channa.

    Rohan Friday, 23 April 2021 09:46 AM

    The sad truth is that a few children will need to get infected before they decide to close.

    Tupac Friday, 23 April 2021 09:59 AM

    State minister are u waiting till he situation gets worse!!!! Please don’t play with children’s lives .Close schools immediately

    Common Friday, 23 April 2021 11:04 AM

    Schools open, Universities Closed. Who would be more careful and act responsibly, Uni or school children? Hmm, something's wrong somewhere.

    Joshua Friday, 23 April 2021 11:33 AM

    Our Minister GL is more busy about talking of things not under Ministerial purview. Let's see if he has woken up,


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