Afghan schools, universities to remain closed until September

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Distance learning via online, radio and TV broadcasts to replace traditional classrooms, officials say.

Schools and universities in Afghanistan will remain closed for another three months as the nation’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to climb, authorities have said.

Distance learning programmes taught online and via radio and television broadcasts will continue to replace traditional classroom teaching for the time being, the war-torn country’s education ministry said on Sunday.

“Students should not waste their time at home,” a ministry spokesperson told the DPA news agency.

Afghanistan has seen a surge in coronavirus cases in recent days, prompting the government to place restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people and oblige people to wear masks in public.

Authorities recorded about 800 additional coronavirus cases and 30 new deaths in the 24 hours to Sunday, bringing the country’s confirmed caseload to more than 20,000, with 357 deaths.

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