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Udon Thani calls up special Covid measures as schools prepare to reopen

Jun 25. 2020
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By THE NATION

Authorities in Udon Thani have turned old street furniture into anti-virus weapons as part of “new normal” measures to tackle Covid-19 when schools restart next week.

More than 4,000 sinks have been modified from public telephone booths, oil tanks and old school desks. The Northeast province will also adopt other defensive measures when schools reopen from July 1, such as mandatory temperature checking, mask wearing, and social distancing in each classroom.

All education institutions have been told to arrange seats at least on metre apart, to allow four square metres of space for each student, said governor Wanchai Chanporn.

Local authorities have checked schools and separated them into three groups: ready to reopen, in need of improvement before reopening, or failing to meet public health standards.

Seventy-two primary schools were judged ready to reopen, but six must make improvements. Of the total 141 high schools, 124 will be allowed to reopen while 17 needed to be improve.

The findings will be put to the educational committee of Udon Thani, said the governor.

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