Online learning reintroduced at Bangkok school after hundreds of students, staff catch COVID-19

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After eight weeks of on-site classes, Bangkok Christian College decided to reintroduce online learning, from July 11 to July 19, after 688 students and 70 staff members were found to be infected with COVID-19.

In a written notification to all parents, the school said infections had increased significantly, despite the school having already taken the first step of suspending classes, in which more than 10% of students were infected, for five days.

Although the suspension succeeded in controlling the spread of the disease to some extent, the school said infections among students and staff continued to rise, forcing the school to reintroduce online learning.

On-site lessons will resume on July 20, the school said as it urged parents to reconsider their plans for long holiday trips during the suspension period and to protect themselves and their children if they continue the planned trips.

Classrooms will be sanitized daily and communal extracurricular activities will be curtailed, the school said.

Meanwhile, Army Commander-in-Chief Gen. Narongpan Jitkaewtae, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Permanent Secretary Khachit Chatchavanich are reported to have caught COVID-19. .

General Narongpan tested positive after returning from an official visit to Malaysia on July 1, while Phiphat said he believed he contracted the disease from a family member, adding that he was now resting with a sore throat and fatigue.

Khachit said he could have been infected when he recently attended a swearing-in ceremony and a Boy Scout parade.

Thailand has reported 2,366 cases of COVID-19 and 20 deaths today. According to the Ministry of Public Health, the trend is turning upwards again and daily figures are expected to peak at around 4,000 cases in September.

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