Chinese students are returning for the first time today to a number of universities in the city of Wuhan, where the Coronavirus outbreak began.
Since early May, the local government has been phasing the return of students to academic institutions. Today, final year and postgraduate students who specialise in scientific research are able to return, state media says.
The official People’s Daily newspaper is sharing pictures of students returning to universities with their suitcases and masks. They have been told to turn up at specific times to maintain social distancing, and they are subject to temperature checks on arrival.
There were more than 50,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Wuhan, and people in the city spent 76 days in strict lockdown. On Friday, authorities confirmed the city was free of all symptomatic cases of the virus, but roughly 200 people who are asymptomatic are still under medical observation.