N. Korea delays opening of schools amid coronavirus fears
North Korea has postponed the opening of its kindergartens and schools and extended vacation as part of efforts to prevent the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
The North's state-run Korean Central Broadcasting Station on Thursday said, "Anti-infectious disease education and quarantine work is strongly under way from child care centers and kindergartens to colleges."
It did not specify which schools or areas which schools in which areas are affected or when schools would open.
Kindergartens and schools in the North are usually on vacation from January to mid-February, while colleges go on a one-month vacation in January.
North Korea has not reported any confirmed coronavirus infection but has intensified its anti-virus efforts, including shutting down its border with China and Russia, and toughening quarantine criteria on people coming from foreign countries.■
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