Classes in China’s Wuhan, once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, were back in session this week for the first time in several months.
About 57,000 teenage students from 121 institutions in Hubei Province returned to school Wednesday, but not all was as it once was, as students were instructed to adhere to new COVID-19-prevention measures, wearing masks and walking single-file past thermal scanners placed throughout hallways.
REUTERS / China DailySenior high school students wearing face masks are seen inside a classroom on their first day of returning to campus following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China May 6, 2020.
The return to class was only for Hubei’s oldest students, as high school seniors are preparing to take the make-or-break university entrance exams. Return dates for junior and middle school students have not yet been confirmed. Some institutions arranged staggered arrival times for teachers and students, according to state-run outlet China Daily, reported AFP.
REUTERS / China DailyA teacher and senior high school students wearing face masks are seen inside a classroom on their first day of returning to campus following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China May 6, 2020.
Schools in other parts of China that have also been using distance learning since closing back in January began gradually reopening last month, with Beijing and Shanghai letting some students return last week, AFP reported.
The current amount of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide stands at 3,742,665, and 262,709 people have died from the disease, according to Johns Hopkins University. China has recorded over 80,000 COVID-19 cases, and more than 4,600 people have died in the country after being infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.