Vietnam students back to school after 3-month | AFP

Credit photo: Students wearing face masks stand in a queue to get their temperatures checked in Hanoi AFP/Manan VATSYAYANA

AFP/HANOI: Millions of schoolchildren in Vietnam returned to class on Monday (May 4) after the country reported its 17th straight day of no domestically transmitted coronavirus infections. 

At a school in western Hanoi, secondary level students calmly lined up to have their temperatures checked before filing into classrooms for the first time in more than three months.

The decision to reopen school gates comes after Vietnam eased social distancing measures at the end of April.

There are around 22 million school-age children and university students across Vietnam. After being sent home in late January, some children returned last week but others – including primary school and kindergarten pupils – will have to wait it out a further week.

The Southeast Asian nation has recorded just 271 virus cases and zero deaths, according to official tallies

Nguyen Xuan Khang, a headteacher in Hanoi, admitted it would be difficult to keep the little ones in line. « All the parents give the kids masks, and we also bought 10,000 masks to give to the children »

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