Primary, secondary and high schools in Turkey will be closed for two weeks, with remote education to begin in the second week as part of several precautions against the novel coronavirus, the country’s education minister said on Thursday.  

The announcement came after a five-hour meeting at the presidential complex amid the global coronavirus outbreak. Following the meeting, Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin declared various precautionary measures including school closures for the coming weeks.

National Education Minister Ziya Selcuk said the closures would begin on March 16, with remote education to begin as of March 23. 

“With the remote education system

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