The start of classes in schools in several regions of China may be postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19, an official from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China Liu Peijun said at a press conference on Thursday.
This week, the Chinese authorities introduced new quarantine measures and restrictions in some cities. As of Thursday, there are five areas of high epidemiological risk in the country (in Ruili City of Yunnan Province, in the cities of Nanjing and Yangzhou in Jiangsu Province, in Zhengzhou City of Henan Province, and Zhangjiajie City of Hunan Province), as well as 168 areas of medium epidemiological risk.
According to Liu Peijun, taking into account the current uncertainty in the development of the epidemic situation in China, if the zones of medium and high epidemiological risk are still preserved by the beginning of the school year, the start of school classes will be postponed.
“The start of studies in schools located in areas of medium and high epidemiological risk will be postponed, the exit of students from the holidays will be postponed,” the official said.
Thanks to strict quarantine measures, China was able to quickly and effectively control the spread of the epidemic within the country. For a long time, there were practically no local cases of infection here; all the detected cases were mainly imported from abroad. However, the new outbreak, which began in mid-July at the Nanjing International Airport, has already spread to other cities and provinces. Over the past day, 85 cases were detected in China (23 – imported, 62 – local). Currently, 1,285 people with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 are in hospitals in China; 26 of them are in serious condition.
In total, 93,374 cases of coronavirus infection were detected during the epidemic in mainland China, 87,453 people recovered, 4,636 died. Import cases – 7,552, of which 6,847 people recovered.