Naypyitaw, July 9: Myanmar will temporarily close all schools of basic education once again, due to the recent detection of highly infectious COVID-19 virus variants in the Asian country, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports late Thursday.

The closure of basic education schools including private schools and Buddhist monastic schools, after a reopening last month, was set to start from Friday and last through July 23. Myanmar: Schools Reopen with Low Attendance as Teachers, Students Continue Protest Against Military.

On Thursday, Myanmar reported 4,132 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total tally to 180,055. In addition, the COVID-19 related death toll rose to 3,621 with 51 new deaths recorded in the previous 24 hours. Myanmar detected its first two COVID-19 cases on March 23 last year.

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