Beijing Shuts Schools, Returns to Virtual Classes As COVID-19 Strikes Again

In the wake of the recent emergence of COVID-19 cases in Beijing, all schools in the Chinese capital have been closed, and students shall promptly return to attending online classes, authorities announced on Wednesday.

Municipal officials made the decision after a cluster of cases linked to the city’s Xinfadi wholesale market last week broke the capital city’s 56-day streak of not having any cases. From June 11 to midnight on June 16, Beijing had recorded 137 new locally transmitted cases.

Li Yi, municipal education commission spokesman, reminded the local schools prepare for both online and offline education for the autumn semester.

A total of 840,000 local students of grade four to 12 from 1,400 schools had returned to schools on June 9. Students in grades one, two and three were earlier scheduled to return to schools on June 15. Local kindergartens of all kinds and after-school training institutions have also shut their doors.

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