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All government primary schools to be temporarily closed due to measles outbreak

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 13/11/2019

The Ministry of Education and Training in conjunction with the Ministry of Health has announced a temporary closure of ALL government primary schools in Tonga starting tomorrow.

In a press conference this afternoon, Acting CEO of the Ministry of Health – Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa says, the purpose of the temporary closure is to further contain the outbreak of measles, which is more likely to happen when children are gathering together in large numbers, as in schools.

Dr. ‘Ofanoa adds, the closure date can be extended pending advice from the Ministry of Health.

Primary school students will resume back for school on the 25th of November. Non-government schools have been informed of the Government’s intent, and supported the measures recommended by the Ministry of Health.


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