Doors likely to open on Monday Schools closed early for Easter holidays amid the flu outbreak said yesterday that they were ready to resume classes on Monday as the education minister said details of the reopening arrangement would be announced today. Speaking after a meeting with health officials, Education Secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung said people should feel more comfortable as experts had determined the flu virus in the city was not 'vicious'. No new cases were reported to the Centre for Health Protection for the third day in a row. 'The virus is a common one, although the flu infection cases looked serious,' Mr Suen said. Some schools indicated they were prepared to resume classes next Monday. 'Some more work needs to be done, and we will have an announcement [today],' he said. The government announced on March 12 that all primary schools, special schools, nurseries and kindergartens would be closed from March 13 to at least this Friday amid the flu outbreak. Chow Kam-cheung, Tuen Mun District Primary School Heads Association chairman, said schools in the district, which were hit hard by the flu outbreak, would open on Monday as scheduled. 'Schools in Tuen Mun have all been sterilised during the holidays,' he said. 'We have received no information from the government, but we are ready now.' Mr Chow, who is also headmaster of the Hong Kong Eng Clansman Association Wu Si Chong Memorial School in Tuen Mun, said hygiene was paramount. The school had bought 2,000 surgical masks in case there was a need and it would cancel the morning assembly, Mr Chow said. Another primary school principal, Leung Kee-cheong of the Fresh Fish Traders' School, said it was also ready to reopen. 'Our students' parents will help clean the schools later this week,' Mr Leung said. 'We will also require all students have their temperatures taken before entering the school next Monday.' Teresa Wu Chiu-ha, honorary president of the Hong Kong Kindergarten Association, said schools were ready to resume any time. 'We believe that all schools are fully prepared,' Ms Wu said. 'In fact, I think we can open now.' Ms Wu is the principal of St Teresa Kindergarten, which has five schools. University of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung said people can feel at ease now as there was no indication of any virus mutation. The number of people catching flu and the number of people who died of flu was more or less the same for the past eight years, he said. Dr Ho, however, noted that students and parents should still stay alert to flu as its peak normally lasts from February to April. The government ordered schools to close early after a girl, three, and a boy, seven, died after having the flu. An investigation by an expert team found other health factors may have contributed to their deaths.