The Education Ministry ordered schools in Greater Tripoli to halt classes for two weeks starting Sunday, provided that the suspension period be counted from the mid-year holiday for this year.

The decision was taken jointly at a high-level meeting between the Minister of Education, the Undersecretary for Educational Affairs, the Undersecretary for Monitoring Affairs, the Director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the Centre's Scientific Advisory Committee.

The NCDC Head Haidar Al-Sayeh attributed the decision to the worsening of the epidemiological situation in major municipalities of Tripoli.

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry officials suggested that the suspension period could be calculated from this year's mid-year vacation, confirming that the rest of the education monitoring departments may continue classes provided they adhere to the health protocol in force.

The Ministry of Education and the National Center for Disease Control agreed to hold more meetings during the coming period to assess the situation and decide whether to continue the restrictions.