Monday, January 30, 2023

Students in China return to remote classes due to pandemic

BEIJING ( Associated Press) – Some Chinese universities announced Tuesday that they will allow their students to finish the semester from home during the Lunar New Year holiday in January, in hopes of reducing the potential for a large outbreak of COVID-19.

It is not yet known how many schools will participate in the initiative, but universities in Shanghai and surrounding cities have said students will have the option of going home early or staying on campus and undergoing diagnostic tests every 48 hours. will be given. The Lunar New Year, which falls on January 22 this year, is usually China’s busiest travel season.

Universities have been the scene of frequent lockdowns over the past three years, leading to clashes between officials and students, sometimes confined to campuses or even their dorms.

Tuesday’s announcement came as China began relaxing its strict “zero COVID” policy, allowing people with mild symptoms to stay at home instead of being sent to a quarantine centre, after protests were enforced The mob against the initiative, among other changes.

As of Tuesday, China has stopped tracking some activities, reducing the likelihood that people will be forced to visit COVID-19 hotspots.

The move follows the government’s tough announcement last week that it would end the toughest policies after three years in which it imposed some of the toughest restrictions globally to tackle the virus.

Protests over the restrictions in Beijing and several other cities last month turned into calls for the departure of President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party, sparking a level of public discontent not seen in the country in decades.

While the change in restrictions has brought relief, the easing has also raised concerns about a new wave of infections potentially stretching health resources in some places.

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