Elementary school students arrive at school in Nanjing, China. AFP
Chinese students on Tuesday began a full return to regular classes following two weeks without new cases of local transmission in the country.
About 75% of students had already returned to school and the remainder will return beginning from Tuesday.
Reports said students had their temperatures checked on arrival but rules on social distancing and mask wearing varied depending on the region.
Çhina’s National Health Commission reported 10 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, all of them brought from outside the country. China has reported a total of 4,634 deaths from COVID-19 among 85,058 cases since the virus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.
A staff member (left) checks the body temperature of a student arriving at school in Nanjing, China. AFP
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the federal government’s top infectious disease expert, says Labor Day weekend will be key in determining whether the US gets a "running start” at containing the coronavirus this fall.
Fauci said Monday he has a "great deal of faith in the American people” to wash their hands, practice social distancing, wear masks, avoid crowds, and congregate outside during the weekend celebrations. He said it’s important to avoid a surge in coronavirus cases like those seen after the Memorial Day and July 4th holidays.
He made the comments on a White House conference call with governors, the audio of which was obtained by The Associated Press.
Vice President Mike Pence said he shared Fauci’s confidence in the American people to celebrate the holiday responsibly.Associated Press
Esper's comments come at a time when some US officials have blamed China for the coronavirus outbreak. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday Washington had evidence the disease emerged from a Chinese lab, which Beijing strongly denies.
The daily number of new coronavirus infections in France stayed above 20,000 on average for the fourth straight day on Tuesday, while hospitalisations reached an eight-week high of 27,041.
The head of the World Health Organization-led team in the central Chinese city of Wuhan probing the origins of COVID-19 said on Tuesday that cold chain transmission of the virus is a possibility and warrants further investigation.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said it was the priority of his government and the nation's collective responsibility to ensure that every child can go to school safely as educational institutes across the country will reopen on Tuesday after a six-month-long closure due to Covid-19.
One worker said that was barely enough to buy food, let alone other necessities. "Nowadays we can't even afford coarse rice for our family with this amount," said Anjana Bhuyian, 50.
As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP announced that it conducted 226,570 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.
The Ministry expressed full support to any measures taken by Saudi authorities to maintain its security and safety of its citizens and residents.