Angolan authorities have decided to reopen schools in the country next month after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to media reports.

“Classes will resume in phases and on alternating days. Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 will resume on October 5,” news website quoted Education Minister Luísa Grilo as saying.

Classes for the grades 7 and 8 will resume on Oct. 19, she added.

The class sessions are expected to be divided into two and will go for two-and-half hours for primary schools and three-and-half hours for secondary schools, according to the website.

Meanwhile, Adao de Almeida, the head of the presidential palace, announced that the government will continue observing certain COVID-19 guidelines until Oct. 9 when schools will resume, according to the website.

He noted that more COVID-19 restrictions will be imposed from Sept. 9, adding that everyone in public places will be required to have temperature checks, wear face masks, and observe social distancing.

Since March, Angola has confirmed 3,033 COVID-19 cases, 124 deaths and 1,215 recoveries.

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