As part of an attempt to prevent a larger COVID-19 epidemic, all schools in Beijing were closed today. There is no plan when they will reopen.
China’s capital is currently fighting the latest wave of infections. There have been around 150 cases of infection reported by COVID , 50 of which were detected on Thursday.
More than 30 percent of all cases are students, and clusters of infection have been linked to six schools as well as two kindergartens.
The Education Bureau of the region ordered schools to close classes today, but did not specify when.
It wasn’t clear if schools could offer online instruction or allow students who have passed exams to return to school.
The 21-million-strong city has ordered three rounds mass testing this week. This has prompted people to stockpile food .
In anticipation of a lockdown shoppers flocked to shops and online, stocking up on vegetables and meat and buying toilet paper.
Beijing is moving faster than other Chinese cities to impose restraints, while the number of cases remains low.
The city hopes that this will allow it to avoid imposing harsh measures on its residents.
What’s the current situation in Shanghai?
Shanghai is an example of this. The highly transmissible Omicron variant was found in the population.
Restrictions that keep residents in their homes for around a month have been in effect, and all schools have been offering online education since March.
This has led to a shortage in food and basic supplies, and hospitals are unable to handle other medical emergencies.
Despite Beijing’s claims to lower the economic and human costs of its “zero COVID” strategy, Beijing leaders have decided to stop imposing restrictions and to try to live with the virus.