Reopening of schools in Kathmandu Valley raises alarm

Schools in various municipalities of Kathmandu Valley, a hotspot for COVID-19 infection, have started reopening after months of remaining shut due to government restrictions

Dec 09, 2020
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Schools in various municipalities of Kathmandu Valley, a hotspot for COVID-19 infection, have started reopening after months of remaining shut due to government restrictions.

While schools and local governments say they have fully implemented measures to prevent the transmission of the contagious disease, doctors have warned reopening of schools could spell disaster, especially for senior citizens. Although children are at relatively low risk of developing a severe form of the infection, they could act as a medium for the virus to pass on to their grandparents, who are highly vulnerable, they caution.

“We have allowed schools to restart classes by implementing all safety measures,” Uddhav Prasad Kharel, mayor of Budhanilkantha Municipality told the Post. “Private schools have already restarted classes, and some community schools are preparing to do the same.”

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