Beijing universities reopen, non-local students to be tested

After almost seven months of suspended campus life, universities in China, with well-thought-out virus prevention measures, are set to reopen and welcome the new cohort of students, the latest sign of the country’s progress in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Shan Jie for the Global Times.

Universities in Beijing have informed students travelling from other provinces and regions that they must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test in an effort to further safeguard the prevention work in China’s capital city. There have been no new cases of domestic transmission of COVID-19 in the Chinese mainland for seven consecutive days as of Sunday 23 August following sporadic resurgence of outbreaks in Beijing, Dalian and Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region since June.

“Every student from outside Beijing has to do a nucleic acid test,” Song Laixin, deputy party secretary at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology, told the Beijing Daily on Sunday, noting that the requirement is because of the safety of the school and overall virus prevention. Parents of students will not be allowed on campus, Song said.
Full report on the Global Times site