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Children return to nurseries and schools in China

Beijing, Sep 1 (efe-epa).- Nurseries and schools started a new academic year on Tuesday in China after the country went 16 days without any locally-transmitted coronavirus infections.

Nearly 1.4 million students in Wuhan returned to their classrooms and have been told that they will not need to wear masks while inside.

The city, where the first Covid-19 infections were detected in December, has not reported any new cases since May.

Residents spent three months under strict lockdown when the entire city was put into quarantine at the beginning of the year.

Images published recently by state media appear to show that life has largely returned to normal in the capital of the Hubei province.

The city was where 3,869 deaths out of the official national total of 4,634 were reported.

All of Wuhan’s 2,842 schools have been disinfected before reopening and will be periodically inspected and cleaned as part of prevention measures imposed by the authorities to help prevent future outbreaks.

Staff are required to wear masks and students will also have their temperature taken on arrival as part of these health protocols.

Health authorities have emphasized handwashing, maintaining a safe distance and wearing masks on the way to and from school, especially for anyone using public transport.

Similar preventive measures have been adopted in schools and day-care centers in the large eastern city of Shanghai and in several other eastern, central and southern provinces, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.

More than 1.5 million primary and secondary school students have restarted classes in Shanghai.

Pupils in Beijing have also returned to their classrooms after university students also began resuming their lectures in person.

Primary and secondary students will return to their desks in stages in the capital, some went back on 29 August while others will not do so until 7 September.

There are 216 active coronavirus infections in China, three of which are in serious condition, according to the latest data from the country’s National Health Commission.

More than 85,000 confirmed cases have been reported in the country since the onset of the pandemic, according to official figures.

Nine infections were diagnosed on Friday, all of them overseas travelers. EFE-EPA

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