All schools in Beijing are closed from today – with no plan for when they will reopen – as the city seeks to stop a broader COVID-19 epidemic.
The capital of China is fighting its latest wave of infections, which has seen about 150 COVID cases reported, with 50 of those discovered on Thursday.
Students make up more than 30 of the total cases, with clusters of infections linked to six schools and two kindergartens.
The region’s Education Bureau instructed all schools to suspend lessons from today and said it had not determined when they would resume.
It was not clear whether schools would be able to offer online lessons or students who stand for exams could return to the classroom.
The city of 21 million has already ordered three rounds of mass tests this week, which emerged people to store food and other supplies.
Shoppers flocked to stores and online in anticipation of a lockdown, with some stocking up on vegetables, meat, instant noodles, and toilet paper.
Beijing is moving faster than many other Chinese cities to impose restrictions while keeping business numbers low.
The hope is that the city will be able to prevent the intervention of intrusive measures on its residents.
What is the situation in Shanghai?
This has been the case in Shanghai, where the highly transmissible Omicron variant has been shunned by the population.
Restrictions residents confined to their homes have been in place for about a month and all schools have been teaching online since March.
As a result, there has been a shortage of food and basic facilities and hospitals have been unable to deal with other health emergencies.
Despite Beijing’s promises to reduce the human and economic costs of its strict “zero-COVID” strategy, leaders have ruled out restrictions and are trying to live with the virus.
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