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Eighteen classes at nine schools still suspended due to flu

Eighteen classes at nine schools still suspended due to flu

Taipei, March 1 (CNA) Eighteen classes at nine schools were still suspended Tuesday due to an influenza outbreak, mostly in Taipei and Kaohsiung, the Ministry of Education said that day.

According to the ministry, as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 11 classes of five schools in Taipei, five classes in two Kaohsiung schools, one class in Taoyuan, and one in Miaoli were still suspended.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare, after a meeting of scholars and experts Tuesday, decided not to formulate a uniform criteria for suspending classes nationwide, but to leave the decision to the discretion of cities and counties.

Huang Tzu-teng, head of the K-12 Education Administration, said it will respect the decision reached by the ministry, adding that flu outbreak seems to have eased.

The ministry said that the number of classes suspended had accumulated to 70 classes at 50 schools as of Feb. 27, although many of them had resumed classes.

The number of severely ill flu patients around Taiwan is expected to decline over the next two weeks because the outbreak is now on the wane, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Sunday.

Health authorities have recorded a total of 961 cases of severe influenza-related critical cases from last July, when the flu season normally begins, to the present, the highest number of any flu season over the past five years. (By Chen Chih-chung and Lilian Wu)

Updated : 2021-10-17 09:12 GMT+08:00