District in China’s Liaoning closes schools over COVID-19 resurgence

SHENYANG, May 16 (Xinhua) — Schools, kindergartens and other educational institutions in Bayuquan District of Yingkou City, northeast China’s Liaoning Province, have been temporarily closed from Sunday over the resurgence of sporadic COVID-19 cases, local authorities said.

According to the education bureau of Bayuquan District, all primary and junior high schools in the district will launch online classes, and all exams and other activities will be postponed.

As for senior high schools, the bureau said all first- and second-year students will also be taught remotely, while those in the third year, or the 12th grade, will continue to attend classes in person together with their teachers with entry and exit controls in place.

At the same time, all private clinics in Bayuquan District are temporarily closed, the local epidemic prevention and control headquarters said on Sunday.

A confirmed COVID-19 case recently identified in Anhui Province had been treated in a clinic in Bayuquan due to a sore throat, and the doctor who treated the case was later reported as an asymptomatic case, said the headquarters.

As of noon Sunday, Liaoning Province reported seven confirmed locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in the recent resurgence, said the provincial health commission. The majority were reported in Bayuquan District.

The second round of nucleic acid tests covering all 500,000 people in the Bayuquan District was launched on Sunday, said local authorities. Enditem

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