Chinese children must wear ‘one-metre hats’ to keep social distancing in class as they return to school after a three-month coronavirus lockdown
- Footage shows children wearing the home-made headgear at a school in China
- The hats have long sticks on both sides to prevent pupils from getting too close
- Students in China are returning to campus after spending three months at home
- China continues to ease restrictions after seeing a steady drop in its active cases
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Chinese students have been asked to wear ‘one-metre hats’ to keep social distancing in class on their first day back to school after three-month coronavirus lockdown.
A video has captured the children wearing the home-made hats with extended sticks on both sides to remain safe distance with their classmates at a school in China.
It comes as pupils across China have gone back to school after spending more than three months at home as the country continues to ease travel restrictions.
The idea of ‘one-metre hat’ was suggested by the Yangzheng Primary School in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province of eastern China. The school welcomed its students in year 1 to 3 returning to the campus on April 26
The idea of ‘one-metre hats’ was suggested by the Yangzheng Primary School in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province of eastern China. The school welcomed its students in year 1 to 3 returning to the campus on April 26.
The principal, known by his surname Hong, said that the hats would help the students keep social distancing with each other.
‘We encourage our students to wear the one-metre hats to stay at least one metre (three feet) away from each other,’ Mr Hong told the press.
The teachers had asked the kids to make the headgear with their parents at home before returning to school.
A clip from Sunday shows a group of children sitting in their classroom while wearing their hand-made devices.
The students are required to have no physical contacts with their classmates while keeping their hats untouched.
A clip from Sunday shows a group of children sitting in their classroom while wearing their hand-made devices at the Yangzheng Primary School in the Chinese eastern city Hangzhou
Tens of thousands of graduating students in China have returned to the campus after spending three months at home due to coronavirus. Pictured, students wearing face masks line up to have their temperature checked at the entrance of a middle school in Shanghai on April 27
China has been easing its travel restrictions as the country sees a steady drop in its active coronavirus cases.
The city of Wuhan, where the pandemic first began, claimed that it has discharged all of its COVID-19 patients from the hospitals yesterday, marking significant progress for China towards fully containing the outbreak.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of students in their final year of middle and high schools in Shanghai and Guangzhou returned to the campus on Monday while graduating students in high schools in Beijing also resumed classroom study today.
All schools and universities must impose strict preventative measures to stop the disease from spreading, including giving out free face masks, disinfecting the campus and setting up quarantine areas.
The government of Guangzhou, which has a population of around 15million, had given each of the 208,000 returning students a nucleic acid test before allowing them to step into the school, reported People’s Daily.
The test detects if the person currently has the novel coronavirus.
‘I’m glad, it’s been too long since I’ve seen my classmates,’ 18-year-old Hang Huan said in Shanghai. ‘I’ve missed them a lot.’
All schools in Shanghai, the Chinese commercial hub with 24million people, must adopt new tough rules to prevent a second wave, according to Lu Jing, an official from the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission.
School authorities must provide each student and teacher with one face mask every day and disinfect the canteen, dormitories, classrooms, washbasins and bathrooms daily.
Schools in Shanghai must also install screening facilities featuring ultra red thermometers at the gate to monitor students’ temperatures when there are more than 100 people on campus
Schools must also install screening facilities featuring ultra red thermometers at the gate to monitor students’ temperatures when there are more than 100 people on campus, Lu added.
Students in Beijing, which has a population of more than 21million, must have their temperatures checked at school gates and show ‘green’ health codes on an app that calculates a person’s infection risk, according to the education ministry.
Nearly 50,000 students who are in their last year of high school resumed their campus life on Monday in 254 schools in the capital city, People’s Daily said.
Wuhan discharges its last coronavirus patient
The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the global coronavirus pandemic began, now has no remaining cases in its hospitals, health officials said yesterday.
But the country remains on alert for a second possible wave, with Beijing reimposing some of its lockdown measures and other cities seeing new quarantines.
Wuhan and the province of Hubei were put in lockdown near the end of January, with roads sealed, trains and planes cancelled and residents unable to move freely for more than two months.
A woman who has recovered coronavirus is disinfected as she arrives at a hotel for a 14-day quarantine after being discharged from a hospital in Wuhan
The city is still testing residents regularly despite relaxing most restrictions.
The city had reported 46,452 cases, 56 per cent of the national total. It saw 3,869 fatalities, or 84 per cent of China’s reported, yet disputed, total.
National Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng announced: ‘The number of new coronavirus patients in Wuhan was at zero, thanks to the joint efforts of Wuhan and medical staff from around the country.’
The focus has since shifted to the northeast border province of Heilongjiang, which has seen large numbers of imported coronavirus cases entering from Russia.
The border town of Suifenhe, with its 70,000 population, went into lockdown at the start of the month while nearby Harbin, home to 10 million, has become the new battlefront.
And 1,000 miles away in Beijing, the authorities opened gyms and swimming pools only to quickly close them again to prevent any spread.
The district of Chaoyang is home to many expats and international offices and was put down into quarantine measures after travellers began to return, infecting Beijing locals who had stayed at home.
There were no signs of any worry yesterday as people packed into a flower market in Suzhou city, in east China’s Jiangsu province.
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