The Vietnam government has just extended the social distancing order for Khanh Hoa province for another week, and maybe more.
Which means that school’s still out , as it has been since February 2.
Now, the earliest that schools will return here in Nha Trang is April 22, and likely later.
My Vietnamese friend ‘Henry’ and I are a little puzzled as to why Khanh Hoa has been put in the ‘high risk’ basket. There’ve been no new cases here since the province was declared virus-free after our one case was cured on February 26.
There are noises from the peanut gallery about school re-opening here in May, but these are coming from chrystal-ball gazing. For now, no-one knows.
Flights leaving Vietnam are few and far between, and a recently-announced NZ Govt.-organised flight from HaNoi to NZ would be nigh impossible to get to. Travel restrictions.
My Visa here is paid until June 1, so for now at least, I’m staying put, and working online.
The Covid-19 virus continues to throw spanners in the works of my attempts to earn a crust here.
Far be it from me to take it personally, but I understand I am the only one of my school’s foreign teachers whose students are still unwelcome at school due to virus fears.
The earliest possible restart date for me is now March 16.
Meantime, I’m doing what I can to pay my way by teaching online. It’s not easy, because the mainly Japanese students have jobs, of all things, which mean that the peak teaching hours are awful ( 4 a.m. – 6 a.m. and 6.00 pm – 9.30 pm ).
As it stands, if school is again delayed on March 15 or earlier, I will more than likely be forced to leave Vietnam.