Confirmed – All Schools in UAE Close Until End of Academic Year as Infection Rises and Lockdown Intensifies to Fight Coronavirus Covid 19
Background: All Schools in UAE Close Until End of Academic Year as Infection and Death Toll Rises and Lockdown Intensifies to Fight Coronavirus Covid 19
In another significant escalation of the UAE government’s fight back against Coronavirus Covid-19, the UAE Ministry of Education has announced that every school and university in the UAE, public and private, will close remain closed until at least the start of the next academic year.
The closure programme will also apply to universities across the UAE.
The move mirrors the evolving success of distance learning programmes put in place by schools across the emirates to address the lockdown and ensure the continuity of education for students.
The move follows the rapid rise of people infected with the virus to 611 with 41 new cases confirmed in the UAE. As of 30 March 2020, the number of deaths recorded officially in the UAE has risen to 5.
The Ministry of Education confirmed today:
Previously, it had been confirmed only that schools would close for one month.
Parents must continue to ensure that children continue to learning from home until the end of the academic year in June:
The order to close schools has been issued by the UAE government as part of:
“preventive and precautionary measures to ensure the safety of students” [and is part of a package of] “measures taken at the national level, aimed at reducing the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).”
These measures have already included the blanket closure of Nursery Schools across the UAE. More on this here.
The move by the MOE, KHDA and ADEK is widely supported by parents who have contacted us to voice their concern that ” everything possible is done to protect families and children.”
A dedicated hotline has been set up to advise schools and parents on 06-7017000 and email at Sd@moe.gov.ae for issues that arise during the closure of schools and universities.
This is a rapidly developing story and we will publish updates live as we receive them.
Backgrounder – Key Facts Today at a Glance, What to Do if you Believe that You or Your Children are Infected or You are Locked Out of the UAE – and Why you Should Stay Home.
As of 3 March 2020, the World Health Organisation calculated that the Coronavirus Covid-19 virus has an average 3.4% fatality rate making it 30 times more deadly than the flu virus. The flu virus kills between 290,000 and 650,000 people a year globally. The earliest estimation for global availability of a vaccine is projected to be September 2021.
As of 09:00, 30 March 2020, 740,235 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in 87 countries and territories, including 35,035 deaths.
Infection rates vary in countries between 1% and 6% depending on multiple factors including the age of the population.
The current death rate from closed cased is 11%.
The UAE government has so far been successful, through a rapid lockdown programme, in containing the virus to just 611 cases as of 30 March 2020. Currently, the most infected age group covers people in the UAE between 20 and 45 years of age.
As of 30 March 2020, there have been only two confirmed cases of Coronavirus Covid-19 in UAE schools, this a reflection of the swift containment measures imposed by the UAE government, KHDA and ADEK to protect children and families.
There have been five confirmed deaths from the Coronavirus Covid 19 pandemic in the UAE to date.
The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reports that:
“There have been very few reports of the clinical outcomes for children with COVID-19 to date. Limited reports from China suggest that children with confirmed COVID-19 may present with mild symptoms and though severe complications (acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock) have been reported, they appear to be uncommon. However, as with other respiratory illnesses, certain populations of children may be at increased risk of severe infection, such as children with underlying health conditions.
Limited reports of children with COVID-19 in China have described cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting and diarrhoea) have been reported in at least one child with COVID-19.”
Positively, the World Heath Organisation states:
“We are [only] eight weeks into this Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak: yet we have identified the virus, we have the genetic sequence, PCR & serological assay in use. This wealth of knowledge is unprecedented for a new disease.”
Currently there is no cure.
- More on the UAE Government decision to close every school in the UAE to protect children can be found here.
- More on the UAE government decision to close all nursery schools can be found here.
- More on the UAE Government decision to ban school events can be found here.
- More on the first confirmed case of Coronavirus Covid 19 in a UAE school at the Indian High School, Senior Campus can be found here.
- More on the cancellation of A’ Levels and GCSEs here.
- More on the cancellation of the International Baccalaureate IB examinations here.
Coronavirus Covid-19 is invisible making protecting yourself difficult. The five actions parents and students can take to protect themselves and others is to:
- (1) Wash your hands for a minimum of 25 seconds;
- (2) Avoid physical or social proximity with others and maintain a minimum 2M distance at all times;
- (3) Do not touch your face;
- (4) Be kind;
- (4) Stay home.
Medical specialist face masks are not advised for adults and are illegal for use by children because they restrict airflow and could result in respiratory failure if used over a long period. Paracetamol should be used in the case of suspected infection. Ibuprofen should not be used.
A dedicated hotline has been set up to advise worried schools and parents on 06-7017000 and email at Sd@moe.gov.ae for issues that arise during the closure of schools and universities and the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak.
Over 620 school buildings have been completely sterilised to date, in addition to 6,000 school buses.
More than 168,000 students have been enrolled in a pilot Distance Learning programme in Abu Dhabi.
Symptoms of Coronavirus Covid-19 infection are:
- (1) High temperature;
- (2) Cough;
- (3) Loss of taste and/or smell.
Some people show no symptoms but remain highly infectious and dangerous to others.
To report suspected cases of Coronavirus Covid-19, parents are asked to call:
- The Dubai Health Authority: 800 342
- The Ministry of Health and Prevention: 800 11111.
- The Department of Health Estijaba service: 800 1717
Banks welcome calls from parents who are struggling as a result of the UAE lockdown and are expected to respond compassionately.
For parents in Abu Dhabi facing a crisis in looking after their children during the closure of nursery schools an emergency hotline is available on: +971 58 5886570 or the toll-free number 80051115.
For parents in Dubai, the KHDA is providing comprehensive support for parents here.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has requested those holding valid UAE visas, and now locked out of the UAE, must do the following:
“Those who are now staying in their countries of origin have to contact the UAE diplomatic missions in their respective nations for all necessary support and to streamline their return back to the UAE.”
“Those who are currently outside the UAE for business considerations have to contact their employers here as well as Emirati diplomatic missions in their host countries for all necessary support to facilitate their return back to the UAE.”
“Those who are now on vacation have to contact UAE diplomatic missions in their respective host countries for all necessary support to facilitate their return back to the UAE.”
“The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has urged the families and kins of those affected by the decision to get in touch with the ICA via the following contact numbers to get updated on all the measures they have to pursue: Fax: 025543883, Mobile: 0501066099, Landline 02 3128867- 02 3128865, Email: Operation@ica.gov.ae”
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