The Latest | Taipei, New Taipei cancel classes for students 18 and under

Schools are being disinfected following the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Taiwan. (Photo courtesy of NOWnews)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) announced on Monday that school will be suspended for all students 18 and under from May 18 to May 28.

The suspension of in-person classes includes junior and senior high schools, elementary schools, kindergartens, nurseries, and cram schools, authorities said.

They invited students to use an online learning platform to continue their learning, while parents of children under the age of 12 will be eligible to take unpaid family leave.

The school closure in the two northern cities was announced after Taiwan on Sunday confirmed 206 new domestic cases of COVID-19, its highest number of locally transmitted infections in a single day since the pandemic began.

On Saturday, the Central Epidemic Command Center raised the COVID-19 alert to level 3 for Taipei and New Taipei, which means that indoor gatherings of more than five people and outdoor gatherings of more than 10 are not allowed until May 28.