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Sharjah Authorities Issues Caution to Students With Flu-Like Symptoms

The Sharjah Private Education Authority released a circular to students on taking precautions against the coronavirus.

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1 March 2020

Last updated on 1 March 2020
Sharjah Schools Issues Caution to Students With Flu-Like Symptoms

School classes in Sharjah are still operating normally.

In a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus in the UAE as well as promote health and safety among students, the Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA) has issued a circular to schools alerting parents on the recent updates and precautions to take against the novel coronavirus Covid-19.

At a media conference last weekend, the UAE Ministry of Education and the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention announced the latest steps authorities have taken to reduce the risks of coronavirus among schools.

All private schools and universities are banned from holding any internal or external event that involves public gatherings, which includes field trips, sports events, school shows, and other excursions. All approvals for pre-planned school trips are now cancelled.

Nurseries, kindergartens, after-school clubs, and after-school activities across the country have also been temporarily closed for two weeks, starting Sunday March 1.

In the statement released to Sharjah parents and students, the Director of Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA) Ali al Hosani said that in line with the UAE Ministry of Education's latest precautionary measures to reduce the transmission of Covid-19, "students who show symptoms of colds, coughs or fever are kindly requested to stay at home until full recovery from illness".

The official move comes after the announcement of two patients who tested positive for coronavirus in Abu Dhabi, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 21 as of February 29, 2020.

When it was confirmed that the two Italian technicians who were participating at the UAE Tour had coronavirus, the event was immediately canceled last Friday to avoid compromising the health of other particants. Hotels in Yas Island where the cyclists, crew members, and visitors are staying in are currently under qurantine lockdown.

181 UAE students were present at the UAE Tour and were all advised to stay at home while closely monitoring for many symptoms of coronavirus.

Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammad Al Owais, the UAE Minister of Health and Prevention, said that they are carefully assessing and managing the situation as per the standards and guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

"All necessary preventive measures have been taken to counter the spread of the virus outbreak, including installing thermal detectors in the air, sea and land ports along with qualified medical teams around the clock, and providing necessary medical equipment for laboratory tests," Al Owais added.