Victoria state brings forward school holidays amid coronavirus outbreak

23 March, 2020 | Australia News
Epping Boys High School, the site of Australia’s first ordered school closure after a 16-year-old pupil tested positive for the coronavirus, is pictured in Sydney, Australia, March 6, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)

SYDNEY – Australia‘s Victoria state will bring forward school holidays to plan for “remote, flexible learning”, Premier Daniel Andrews told a news conference as states plan for the coronavirus pandemic.

“If people simply behave as normal, if they don’t take this seriously, if they act selfishly, then people will die. I can’t be any clearer than that,” Andrews said.

By contrast, New South Wales state, of which Sydney is the capital, will keep schools open although Premier Gladys Berejiklian encouraged parents to keep children at home if possible.