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Parents Decry Hong Kong Schools Shutdown as ‘Groundhog Day’

  • Hong Kong suspends in-person school to fight omicron outbreak
  • 500,000 primary school students locked out of classrooms
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Angry parents in Hong Kong are criticizing a government order to close schools again, leaving more than 500,000 young students locked out of classrooms as the financial hub races to contain an omicron outbreak in the community and enforce its outlier Covid Zero policy. 

Schools across the city will suspend in-person classes for kindergarten and primary schools from Friday for about two weeks until the Lunar New Year holiday, echoing closures from two years ago that upset exasperated parents. It’s at least the fourth mandate to close classrooms since the pandemic began -- with Hong Kong instituting one of the longest school closures globally at one point -- and comes as other cosmopolitan cities from New York to London and Sydney keep schools open and live alongside the virus.