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Schools across the country will remain closed until the conclusion of the General Election next month as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 virus which has to date infected 492 patients from the Kandakadu cluster and reached an overall total of 2,687 patients till last evening, we learn.

Authoritative sources said
that following discussions, the Health Ministry had recommended the Education Ministry to keep schools closed at least till August 5 during which time the general election will be complete, and the virus spread will be well under control. A formal announcement by the Education Ministry will be made later today.
Schools which have been marked for election preparations will be open for election officials to carry out their work.
According to an earlier announcement by the Education Ministry, schools were closed immediately from July 13 to July 17, just weeks after it re-opened, after the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre transformed into a cluster, spreading panic among all citizens.


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