Millions of Wuhan School Students Return to Class in Former COVID-19 Epicenter

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Millions of students in Wuhan started returning to class today after all schools and kindergartens in the former coronavirus epicenter reopened.

No less than 2,842 educational institutions in the city welcome nearly 1.4 million students on campus at the start of the fall semester.

It comes as Chinese education authorities hailed the country’s anti-virus efforts “a decisive victory” while giving the green light for most schools in the country to reopen.

Millions of students in Wuhan started returning to class today after all schools and kindergartens in the former coronavirus epicenter reopened. Elementary school students are pictured attending a class in Wuhan on Tuesday

Millions of students in Wuhan schools are returning to class in the former epicenter of COVID-19.  Students are seen before the opening ceremony for a new semester at Wuhan High School in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province today

Millions of students in Wuhan schools are returning to class in the former epicenter of COVID-19. Students are seen before the opening ceremony for a new semester at Wuhan High School in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province today

Students attend the 100th anniversary of the founding of Wuhan High School on the first day of the new semester in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province on September 1.  About 280 million students across China are returning to campus

Students attend the 100th anniversary of the founding of Wuhan High School on the first day of the new semester in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province on September 1. About 280 million students across China are returning to campus

It is estimated that around 280 million students across China will return to schools and universities this month, according to the education ministry.

Xinjiang in northwest China is the only region to have ordered its students to start the school year online after seeing an outbreak of coronavirus cases in recent months.

Wang Dengfeng, head of anti-virus efforts at the Ministry of Education, said China had won a decisive victory against the virus after successfully reducing large-scale transmission and recovering the country’s economy.

No less than 2,842 educational institutions in the city welcome nearly 1.4 million students on campus at the start of the fall semester.  Students attend the 100th anniversary of the founding of Wuhan High School on Tuesday

No less than 2,842 educational institutions in the city welcome nearly 1.4 million students on campus at the start of the fall semester. Students attend the 100th anniversary of the founding of Wuhan High School on Tuesday

Nearly 3,000 schools and kindergartens in Wuhan will reopen to nearly 1.4 million students as of Tuesday.  Elementary students arrive at school on the first day of the new semester in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, September 1

Nearly 3,000 schools and kindergartens in Wuhan will reopen to nearly 1.4 million students as of Tuesday. Elementary students arrive at school on the first day of the new semester in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, September 1

State media have released images of thousands of students hoisting the Chinese flag - a daily routine in all public schools - despite warnings to avoid mass gatherings.  Students attend the 100th anniversary of the founding of Wuhan High School on the first day of the new semester in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province on Tuesday, September 1

State media released images of thousands of students hoisting the Chinese flag – a daily routine in all public schools – despite warnings to avoid mass gatherings. Students attend the 100th anniversary of the founding of Wuhan High School on the first day of the new semester in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province on Tuesday, September 1

Students are seen attending a class at Wuhan High School on the first day of the new semester in Wuhan

Students are seen attending a class at Wuhan High School on the first day of the new semester in Wuhan

Wuhan, Ground Zero for the COVID-19 pandemic and the Chinese city hardest hit by the coronavirus, will reopen all of its schools and kindergartens on Tuesday, local authorities said.

State media have released images of thousands of students hoisting the Chinese flag – a daily routine in all public schools – despite warnings to avoid mass gatherings.

The city said it has made contingency plans to return to online education if risk levels change. He advised students to wear masks to and from school and to avoid public transport if possible.

Schools have been ordered to stock up on disease control supplies and to organize exercises and training sessions to help prepare for further outbreaks. They must also limit unnecessary mass gatherings and submit daily reports to health authorities.

Students attend the 100th anniversary of the founding of Wuhan High School on the first day of the new semester in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province on September 1.  About 280 million students across China are returning to campus

Students attend the 100th anniversary of the founding of Wuhan High School on the first day of the new semester in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province on September 1. About 280 million students across China are returning to campus

A teacher is pictured speaking in a classroom at an elementary school in Wuhan City, central China's Hubei Province, Tuesday

A teacher is pictured speaking in a classroom at an elementary school in Wuhan City, central China’s Hubei Province, Tuesday

Millions of students in Wuhan started returning to class today after all schools and kindergartens in the former coronavirus epicenter reopened.  Students are pictured entering a primary school in Wuhan on Tuesday

Millions of students in Wuhan started returning to class today after all schools and kindergartens in the former coronavirus epicenter reopened. Students are pictured entering a primary school in Wuhan on Tuesday

Foreign students and teachers who have not received notice from their school will not be allowed to return, he said.

Shanghai reopened schools in May and the capital Beijing, which recently suffered from a local virus outbreak, announced it would resume all schools, including kindergartens, in September.

Beijing authorities are demanding that teachers and students wear face masks on campus.

Students are seen gathering before the opening ceremony of a new semester at Wuhan High School in Wuhan on Tuesday

Students are seen gathering before the opening ceremony of a new semester at Wuhan High School in Wuhan on Tuesday

Students enter the Wuhan High School campus in Wuhan on September 1.  A total of 2,842 kindergartens, primary and secondary schools opened on Tuesday to accommodate around 1.4 million students in Wuhan City, Hubei

Students enter the Wuhan High School campus in Wuhan on September 1. A total of 2,842 kindergartens, primary and secondary schools opened on Tuesday to accommodate around 1.4 million students in Wuhan City, Hubei

Elementary school students arrive on Tuesday the first day of the new semester in Wuhan, central Hubei province, China

Elementary school students arrive on Tuesday the first day of the new semester in Wuhan, central Hubei province, China

Wuhan has been steadily returning to normal since April, when the lockdown was lifted, and has not reported any new local transmission of the coronavirus since May 18.

Official figures show Wuhan accounted for 80% of the more than 4,600 coronavirus-related deaths in China and was under strict lockdown for more than two months from the end of January.

The city also conducted a mass testing campaign targeting 11 million residents in May.

China had not reported any indigenous cases for 15 days on Monday.

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