Ticino closes all schools to contain coronavirus

Canton Ticino, which borders Italy, has extended its emergency measures to combat the spread of coronavirus by closing down all schools, including compulsory education establishments. The announcement on Friday follows a series of measures taken earlier in the week as the canton declared a “state of necessity”, giving the authorities power to act in the interests of public health. Cantons Vaud and Fribourg also announced similar measures. In Switzerland, education is the responsibility of the cantons, so they can make decisions over school closures. However, the epidemics law would allow the government to step in and order blanket or partial school shut downs if necessary. Ticino is one of the worst affected cantons from the coronavirus outbreak. The authorities have already shuttered cinemas, ski resorts, gyms, nightclubs and non-compulsory schools. From Monday, all schools from kindergarten to secondary level will be suspended. The authorities said school buildings would be …

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