Remote learning will continue for students who cannot attend classes due to health reasons…

After about 21 months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Saudi Ministry of Education has announced the reopening of primary and kindergarten schools starting January 23.

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A spokesperson from the Ministry emphasises the importance of parents preparing their children for the return to face-to-face classes.

Precautionary measures are to be implemented in schools, such as masks, sanitisers, and social distancing as part of its readiness to welcome the students.

Meanwhile, online education platforms will continue for those with critical health conditions that prevent them from attending face-to-face classes.

In August last year, the Ministry has made it mandatory for all education employees and students aged 12 years and above to receive two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The Saudi health authorities have only begun administering the Covid-19 vaccine to children between the ages of five and 11 late last year after the Saudi Food and Drug Authority approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for this age group.

However, it wasn’t revealed if the primary and kindergarten students need to be fully vaccinated before returning to schools on January 23.

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Saudi Arabia’s confirmed cases of Covid-19 are rapidly increasing due to the omicron variant, with infections more than doubling in a week.

It records 4,778 new Covid-19 cases today (Jan 10), bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 583,531. There are also two further Covid-19-related deaths, bringing the Kingdom’s death toll to 8,895.

Of the current cases, 154 remain in critical condition. 893 patients have recovered from Covid-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 547,507.

More than 52.6 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunisation campaign began. The Ministry urges people who have not yet received a jab to register to receive one through its Sehhaty or Tawakkalna app.

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