Coronavirus COVID-19 update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: 7th April 2020
International school closures by key countries

Our global field researchers have access to the latest news and updates regarding the closure of school buildings due to the COVID-19 situation. This does not necessarily mean that schools are not delivering learning; many schools are providing learning for all or some of their students through online and virtual approaches. While the virus is impacting schools, we will share a weekly update here. 

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Country International school closures Updates from the ISC Research field research team Links of value
 Albania CLOSED Albanian schools, cafes, restaurants and other public venues will remain shut and restrictions on social and economic activity will stay in place till the end of the coronavirus outbreak, Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu said on Wednesday. Albania extends lockdown till end of coronavirus outbreak
 Argentina CLOSED Kindergarten, primary and secondary schools to be suspended until March 31; Argentina's borders to be closed to all non-residents effective immediately; Number of confirmed cases rises to 56. Argentina to close schools for two weeks, borders to visitors
 Armenia CLOSED Armenia declared a state of emergency until April 14 to slow the spread of coronavirus, postponing a referendum on changes to the Constitutional Court until after the emergency. Armenia declares one-month state of emergency for coronavirus
 Australia No The federal government’s advice is that it is safe to send children to school up to the end of the term, but some pupil-free days will be needed to plan distance learning. Australia coronavirus shutdown: what is open, closed and banned under the current rules?
 Austria CLOSED Pandemic upends lives of millions as more countries decide to close schools. Coronavirus: EU states take  radical steps to stem spread
 Azerbaijan CLOSED Azerbaijan will impose a nation-wide lockdown due to the novel coronavirus outbreak starting Tuesday. Azerbaijan to impose curfew amid coronavirus outbreak
 Bahrain CLOSED The outbreak of the virus has impacted Bahrain’s education sector, with all public and private schools closing for two weeks. Bahrain has closed all schools & nurseries amid coronavirus
 Belgium CLOSED Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès announced new measures to tackle coronavirus after a long meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday evening. Belgium closes schools, bars  and restaurants
 Brazil CLOSED Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, on Wednesday announced it was closing all shopping centers and fitness clubs until the end of April to contain the COVID-19 epidemic Brazil's biggest city closing malls, gyms to curb coronavirus
 Brunei CLOSED International schools in Brunei are closed and are teaching online  
 Cambodia CLOSED The Education Ministry announced on Monday the closure of all public and private educational institutions across the country, as the Cambodian government ramped up its response to the global pandemic, almost two months after the first reported case in the country. Cambodia Announces  Nationwide School Closures as  COVID Response Ramps Up
 Canada CLOSED Parents, teachers and students are considering the possibility that class is out for the year. But that doesn't mean the kids have to stop learning. Could the school year be over because of coronavirus?
 Chile CLOSED The country has closed schools, shut down its borders, and limited public gatherings as the number of cases have multiplied. Shopping mall employees in Chile urge closure amid coronavirus outbreak
 China Reopening  In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits still valid to the time of this announcement, effective from 0 a.m., 28 march 2020. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China National Immigration Administration Announcement on the Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits
 Egypt CLOSED President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to suspend studying in Egypt within universities and schools for a period of two weeks after his meeting with Engineer Mustafa Madbouly, the Prime Minister. Video by Republican Decision .. to suspend studies in schools and universities in Egypt
 France CLOSED Pandemic upends lives of millions as more countries decide to close schools.

Coronavirus: EU states take  radical steps to stem spread

 Germany CLOSED All of Germany's 16 states will close schools and Kitas (daycare centres) next week in a bid to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus. All German states announce  school and Kita closures
 Hong Kong CLOSED In view that the confirmed cases of COVID-19 are rapidly increasing recently, the Government announced on 21 March that classes of all schools (including kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools, special schools and private schools offering non-formal curriculum) will continue to be suspended until further notice.  Deferral of Class Resumption for All Schools Together, We Fight the Virus
 India CLOSED 2020 ICSE Exam Postponed: "The revised dates for conduct of the remaining papers shall be notified in due course of time," the Council for ICSE chief executive and secretary Gerry Arathoon said in a statement. ICSE, ISC Board Exams  Postponed Due To  Coronavirus Threat
 Indonesia CLOSED Indonesia ordered schools to close across much of the archipelago as authorities scramble to contain a sudden spike in coronavirus cases which included a minister who tested positive for the disease. Indonesia closes schools  across archipelago as virus cases spike
 Iran CLOSED All schools are currently closed. Iran extends school and  university closures and limits travel to fight coronavirus  outbreak 
 Ireland CLOSED All schools, colleges and childcare facilities in Ireland will close tomorrow (Friday 13th March) until the end of the month, the country's leader has said.  Coronavirus: Ireland to close all schools and colleges until  end of March
 Italy CLOSED ROME (Reuters) - Schools in Italy are likely to remain closed beyond April 3, Italy’s Education Minister said, as the government attempts to further limit contact among citizens to curb the coronavirus outbreak. Italy's schools likely to remain  closed beyond April 3:  Education Minister
 Japan Reopening Japanese Education Minister Koichi Hagiuda said on Friday the government would not extend its request that schools be closed until spring break to stem coronavirus infections, setting the stage for classes to resume at the start of the academic year in April. Japan to reopen schools closed for coronavirus after spring recess.
 Jordan CLOSED The kingdom has reported 69 cases of Covid-19, closed its borders with neighbouring countries, along with other measures. Coronavirus: Jordan to impose countrywide lockdown from Saturday.
 Kazakhstan  CLOSED Kazakhstan is suspending all public events and closing schools and colleges in response to the coronavirus outbreak, authorities said on Thursday Kazakhstan suspends all  public events over coronavirus
 Kuwait CLOSED Up to 15th March with a further 2 weeks under serious consideration. 2 more weeks of school  closure eyed as coronavirus  cases hit 56 in Kuwait
 Laos Partially Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on Tuesday (March 17) has ordered the temporary closure of preschools and kindergartens across the country amid the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus in many countries. Preschools, kindergartens  closed in Laos to avoid virus  risks
 Lebanon CLOSED Academic year ended. Term 1 grades will be taken for the whole year. Home schooling for the grades that need final exams. Lebanon asks schools and  universities to close over  coronavirus
 Luxembourg  CLOSED Schools will be closed until April 3 in Belgium and April 9 in Portugal, while Luxembourg also announces school closures. Belgium, Portugal and Luxembourg announced schools will be closed.
 Madrid CLOSED Spain’s national government and Madrid regional authorities have agreed to shut all schools and universities in the country’s capital beginning Wednesday as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus after the number of cases almost doubled overnight. Spain to shut schools in  Madrid as coronavirus cases double in a day
 Malaysia CLOSED Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced Wednesday a two-week extension of a national lockdown as part of stepped-up measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Malaysia extends national lockdown by 2 weeks to curb virus
 Mexico CLOSED Mexico will close schools nationwide from March 20 to April 20 in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections.

Coronavirus: Mexico closing  schools for a month to fight  COVID-19 spread

 Moldova CLOSED Moldova has closed all its nurseries, schools, colleges and universities for two weeks from today, state health officials said. Moldova closes all schools
 Mongolia CLOSED The Government of Mongolia extended the partial undertaking of high-alert preparedness until 30 April 2020 and issued precautionary measures. Coronavirus: update as of 6 April from Mongolia
 Myanmar PRESCHOOLS CLOSED The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement ordered the closure of all preschools and nurseries starting on Monday as part of the efforts to protect people from COVID-19 pandemic, which has spread to over 150 countries.  Myanmar orders closures of  preschools in fight against  COVID-19
 Netherlands CLOSED The Dutch government has announced that schools and childcare centers throughout the country will be closed from Monday. Schools will only be open for children of parents who have vital jobs, such as those working in health care or for emergency services. The Netherlands closes  schools, bars
 New Zealand CLOSED Prime minister Jacinda Ardern this afternoon announced an immediate lift in the Covid-19 alert status from level two to level three, with a lift to level four at 11.59pm on Wednesday (25th March) night. Covid-19 NZ live updates, March 23: New Zealand prepares for nationwide shutdown
 Nigeria CLOSED The Federal Ministry of Education is closing all tertiary, secondary and primary schools nationwide over the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country. Coronavirus: Nigerian govt  orders closure of schools  nationwide
 Norway CLOSED Pandemic upends lives of millions as more countries decide to close schools. Coronavirus: EU states take  radical steps to stem spread
 Oman CLOSED Oman announced on Saturday the suspension of classes in all schools, and universities for a month starting on Sunday, March 15, due to the coronavirus, according to a statement broadcast on Oman TV. Oman suspends all schools,  universities amid coronavirus fears
 Pakistan CLOSED Pakistan on Friday 13th March closed all educational institutions across the country for the next three weeks amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Pakistan closes schools,  universities over coronavirus


Duterte approved a resolution to allow a raft of containment measures including bans on mass gatherings, a month of school closures and quarantining in communities where cases are detected, as well as stopping domestic travel in and out of Manila. Philippines' Duterte  Announces 'Lockdown' of  Manila to Fight Coronavirus
 Poland CLOSED Poland is closing all schools, universities, cinemas, theaters and museums for two weeks from Thursday to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, government representatives said on Wednesday. Poland Shuts All Schools,  Museums, Cinemas for Two Weeks Due to Coronavirus
 Qatar CLOSED Under Qatar's precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (CODIV-19) among the population, the country's Government Communications Office (GCO) has announced that classes at all schools, universities and educational institutes will be suspended from Tuesday, March 10 until further notice. Classes suspended at all schools, educational institutes in Qatar from March 10: GCO
 Russia CLOSED Russian authorities on Monday banned foreign nationals from entering the country, shut state schools and limited public gatherings in Moscow in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus. Russia bans entry to foreign nationals, closes schools
 Saudi Arabia CLOSED   Saudi closes schools,  universities because of coronavirus
 Singapore CLOSED The government announced that all MOE and private schools will close from April 8 until at least May 4 and move to full-time home-based learning. It is the most extreme measure taken yet by Singapore to control the spread of Covid-19. All Singapore Schools To Close From April 8
 South Korea CLOSED Schools closed during the last week of February 2020. Initially schools have been told to close until Monday 9th march in the first instance but they are now closed until 23rd March. Coronavirus: South Korea  postpones opening of schools by two weeks to March 23
 Spain CLOSED Effective immediately, Spain is also closing all restaurants, bars, hotels, schools and universities nationwide, and other non-essential retail outlets, a move some of the hardest-hit communities have already carried out. Spain impose nationwide  lockdown due to virus, closes  all stores except groceries and  pharmacies
 Switzerland CLOSED Switzerland took the step of closing all schools on Friday 13th March and announced it would stump up around 10 billion Swiss francs in aid for businesses hit by the impact of the coronavirus epidemic.  Switzerland closes schools  and offers 10 billion francs to  businesses hit by coronavirus.
 Taiwan No Taiwanese schools reopened on 25th February after an extended CNY break. Schools reopen with new ways to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks 2
 Thailand CLOSED Thailand is taking unprecedented steps to stem the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, even closing schools, universities and entertainment venues including some of its raciest night spots. The government has gone so far as to postpone its traditional Thai New Year celebrations, Songkran. Thailand closes schools, entertainment venues, Phuket shuts entertainment venues.
 Turkey CLOSED Pandemic upends lives of millions as more countries decide to close schools. Coronavirus: EU states take  radical steps to stem spread
 United Arab   Emirates CLOSED All Schools in UAE Close Until End of Academic Year as Infection and Death Toll Rises and Lockdown Intensifies to Fight Coronavirus Covid 19 All schools in UAE close until end of academic year as infection rises and lockdown intensifies to fight cvoronavirus COVID-19
 United   Kingdom CLOSED Schools in the UK are to shut from Friday (20th March) until further notice as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus: UK schools,  colleges and nurseries to  close from Friday (20th March 2020)
 United   States of   America CLOSED As of March 19, 2020: 41 states have decided to close schools. Combined with district closures in other states, at least 95,000 U.S public and private schools are closed, are scheduled to close, or were closed and later repoened, affecting at least 43.9 million school students. Map: Coronavirus and school closures
 Vietnam Partially Most schools are closed until the end of March although some schools are remaining open. Growing list of countries close schools while foreign exchange trips under question