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29 Aug 2020 | 03:34 PM UTC

China: Authorities allow schools to reopen in Wuhan from September 1 /update 78

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Authorities allow schools to reopen in Wuhan (Hubei Province) from September 1; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/29/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/29/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Shanghai). COUNTRY/REGION Wuhan (Hubei), China

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Event

Wuhan authorities announced on Friday, August 28, that schools and kindergartens will be allowed to reopen from Tuesday, September 1, after several months of online teaching due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Students are advised to avoid the use of public transport and to also wear face masks on their way to and from school. Around 1.4 million students are expected to return to school on Tuesday, according to authorities. Universities have been open since Monday, August 24.

On August 11, Chinese authorities announced that citizens from 36 European countries would be permitted to enter the country, provided they have a Chinese residence permit. China's borders had been closed to European citizens for four-and-a-half months. The move was an effort to revive the Chinese economy by encouraging foreign specialist workers to return. Residence permit-holders will be able to apply for visas free of charge at their nearest Chinese embassy or consulate. All arrivals into China must provide a negative COVID-19 test, which is to be taken within five days prior to boarding.

As of August 29, there have been 89,855 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in China with 4718 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan. Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay. To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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