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Taiwan postpones school opening amid surging COVID-19 epidemic

Source: XinhuaUpdated: 2021-02-04

TAIPEI, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Taiwan's primary and middle schools will postpone the beginning of next semester by four days to Feb. 22 so that they will be more prepared in COVID-19 epidemic control, the island's education department said Wednesday.

Colleges were also asked to start the new semester after Feb. 22, the department said in a press release.

All international students, arriving in Taiwan for the new semester, should take COVID-19 tests when concluding their quarantine, it added.

The island reported two COVID-19 cases Wednesday, both from Indonesia, according to the local epidemic monitoring agency.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Taiwan has risen to 917 as of Wednesday. Eight of them have died, 834 have recovered and 75 remain hospitalized, according to the agency. Enditem

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