MoSD asks nurs­eries not to ad­mit stu­dents from nCoV-hit coun­tries

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The Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment (MoSD) has asked own­ers and man­agers of nurs­ery schools to take pre­cau­tions to en­sure the safety of chil­dren.

MoSD has said that nurs­eries must not ad­mit chil­dren from coun­tries where the Novel Coron­avirus (2019-nCoV) has spread or those who have trav­elled to these coun­tries in the past six months. ‘Nurs­eries can ad­mit them af­ter con­duct­ing med­i­cal check-ups and sub­mit­ting the re­port to us,’ the min­istry stated.

MoSD has said that par­ents should not send their chil­dren to nurs­eries if they are suf­fer­ing from high fever, cold, cough, pha­ryn­geal con­ges­tion and have dif­fi­culty in breath­ing. ‘Each nurs­ery should pro­vide ster­il­i­sa­tion equip­ment to chil­dren and the staff.’

MoSD said that chil­dren and staff must wash their hands with soap and wa­ter to pre­vent the spread of any dis­ease. ‘Par­ents must not be al­lowed to en­ter the nurs­ery schools. Stu­dents must be dropped and picked at the school gates.’

MoSD has also said that it will not ap­prove the train­ing of any Omani and non-Omani staff in a nurs­ery school with­out a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion ap­proved by the Min­istry of Health (MoH). Mean­while, MoH has asked the pub­lic not to pay heed to ru­mours re­lated to the coron­avirus and get in­for­ma­tion from of­fi­cial sources.

Bei­jing, China - Wear­ing a mask and plas­tic gloves to pro­tect him­self from in­fec­tion, an Uzbek stu­dent is among a rush of for­eign­ers try­ing to fly out of virushit China to wait things out over­seas.

With busi­nesses closed for at least an­other week, classes sus­pended and air­lines can­celling flights, many for­eign stu­dents and work­ers see no rea­son to stay in the coun­try while it strug­gles with the vi­ral epi­demic.

At Bei­jing’s in­ter­na­tional air­port on Sun­day, the 19 year old Uzbek stu­dent said he was head­ing home be­cause his par­ents were wor­ried about the virus.

“Maybe I will give up study­ing here,” said the Yangzhou Univer­sity stu­dent, who asked to be iden­ti­fied only as Max.

Call­ing the sit­u­a­tion ‘dread­ful’, he ex­pressed con­cern over the ris­ing death toll and the re­stric­tions other coun­tries have im­posed on trav­ellers from China.

Af­ter the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion de­clared a global health emer­gency, sev­eral coun­tries - in­clud­ing the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Sin­ga­pore and Is­rael - have barred for­eign na­tion­als from vis­it­ing if they had re­cently been in China.

The travel bans have left many jit­tery.

‘No rea­son to stay’

A 46 year old Amer­i­can said she was wor­ried her flight home would be can­celled at the eleventh hour.

“My only hope is that I can go home. I have been stand­ing here check­ing the flight sched­ules for any changes,” she said. “I can’t be sure un­til the last minute.”

Oth­ers, such as 22 year old Jamie Bosch, are leav­ing be­cause of work.

“We can’t do any­thing, and ev­ery­thing is closed,” said the English teacher. “You can’t see your friends. There’s noth­ing to do, so I just de­cided to go home.”

Bosch, who is from South Africa, said she was wor­ried if she did con­tract the virus, she would be iso­lated, with no fam­ily sup­port.

“(My fam­ily) said I need to go home,” she said, adding that she would re­turn when school re­opens in March.

Icaro Medeiros (22) a stu­dent at Bei­jing’s Cen­tral Univer­sity of Fi­nance and Eco­nom­ics, said his fam­ily can­celled their planned Fe­bru­ary visit to China af­ter Bei­jing closed off tourist at­trac­tions such as the Great Wall and For­bid­den City.

“I de­cided to leave Bei­jing be­cause we are not sure when the se­mes­ter will start again,” he said. “All of my friends have re­turned home, so there wasn’t any rea­son for me to stay in Bei­jing alone.”

Chi­nese cit­i­zens too have seen their plans de­railed.

Wang Yulu (46) was on her way to the air­port with her daugh­ter on Satur­day when they learned that Australia had barred non-cit­i­zens ar­riv­ing from China. Her daugh­ter was due to be­gin a univer­sity se­mes­ter in Australia, but the pair were forced to turn back to Changchun city in north­east China even be­fore they ar­rived at the air­port.

All of my friends have re­turned home, so there wasn’t any rea­son for me to stay in Bei­jing alone

Icaro Medeiros

(AFP)

In­done­sian na­tion­als wait­ing to check-in at Tianhe air­port in Wuhan, China’s Hubei prov­ince, be­fore board­ing a flight and be­ing evac­u­ated to In­done­sia on Satur­day

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