Beijing Closes Schools at Each Level to Curb the Spread of COVID-19
2020-06-16 23:13:17

Beijing reports 27 new COVID-19 cases this morning, taking the total number in the capital to 106 since last Thursday. Late at night, the government releases an emegency notice to close schools at each level across the city, starting from June 17th.

Previously, Beijing Municipal Commission of Education said that students in grades 9 and 12 would study at home 14 days before the high school entrance exam or the college entrance exam, and Gaokao candidates were supposed to prepare for the test at home starting from June 22nd. 

Yesterday, school resumption of primary students from Grade 1 to 3 has been suspended, as well as the resumption of offline after-school tutoring and gatherings.

June 11th, National Health Commission confirmed a new COVID-19 case in Beijing’s Xicheng District. On June 12th, two more cases were announced. The three cases in Beijing have been traced to the Xinfadi wholesale market in the southwest of Beijing where thousands of tonnes of vegetables, fruit, and meat change hands every day.

June 13th, Schools around the Xinfadi wholesale market were all closed. 

June 14th, over 8,000 shopkeepers, procurement and other staff at the Xinfadi market have been tested and moved to designated areas for medical observation. 

June 15th, staff from Yuquandong market in Beijing's Haidian District were tested positive, which is also traced to Xinfadi. The market was shut down immediately, as well as communities and schools around.

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