Coronavirus outbreak: school opening postponed in several countries (updating)

(7 Feb 2020)  Due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus, several countries have made the decision to postpone school openings or hold activities. has collected the latest news here.

Australia: Virus Outbreak: Some Australian universities delaying semester start (4 Feb)

Novel coronavirus could cost Australian universities ‘billions’ (6 Feb)

China: Universities to delay start of spring semester (26 Jan)

Hong Kong:

Hong Kong schools to remain closed until after Easter but university entrance exams set to go ahead as planned in March (25 Feb)

Coronavirus: Hong Kong students risk delays, cancellations of key university and primary school exams amid outbreak (6 Feb)


Virus-hit Japanese schools close in the lead-up to graduation ceremonies (25 Feb)

Universities scramble to cope with coronavirus outbreak amid entrance exam season (5 Feb)

Macau: School holidays to continue until further notice: govt (30 Jan)


NUS to implement e-learning for some classes amid coronavirus outbreak (9 Feb)

Singapore raises DORSCON level to Orange; schools to suspend inter-school, external activities (7 Feb)

South Korea:

State-run museums, libraries close doors amid coronavirus outbreaks (24 Feb)

S. Korea to postpone new school year as coronavirus spikes (23 Feb)

Gov’t urges universities to postpone start of spring semester as coronavirus spreads (5 Feb)

Coronavirus shuts down nearly 340 schools in S. Korea (3 Feb)

Taiwan: Opening of universities postponed due to coronavirus (3 Feb)

Vietnam: Schools extend Tet break as coronavirus fears mount (1 Feb)

(last updated: 27 Feb 2020)