Schools in the city of Yakutsk will switch to distance learning for children for two weeks. This is due to an increase in the incidence of acute respiratory viral infections and influenza, said on Saturday, September 25, the head of the city’s education department Alexei Semyonov after a meeting of the Sanitary and Anti-Epidemic Commission.
“A decision was made to temporarily suspend the educational process and extracurricular activities in children’s educational institutions from grades 1 to 12 and organize the educational process using distance learning technologies from September 25 to October 8,” reads the order of the Department of Education, published on the agency’s website.
In Yakutsk, 8,171 cases of ARVI were registered in a week. The incidence rate per 10 thousand people was 234.9, which exceeds the weekly epidemic threshold by 2.6 times, and the indicators of the previous week – by 12.8%. In this regard, the chief state sanitary doctor of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), dated September 24, 2021, recommended transferring schoolchildren to remote control.
The day before, on September 24, the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova named a new risk group for influenza – these are people who have had coronavirus. She noted the importance of vaccinations for such people, but saw no reason for a lockdown.