Zero-Covid policy had effect in China: Shanghai won

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Beijing announced on Saturday that it will allow primary and secondary schools to resume classes, and the Shanghai party leader declared victory over COVID-19 after the city reported zero new local cases for the first time in two months, according to Reuters.

The two major cities were among the few places in China that implemented restrictions to stop the spread of the Omicron wave between March and May, with Shanghai imposing a two-month blockade on the entire city, which was lifted on June 1.

The efforts, which are part of China’s adherence to a zero-COVID policy aimed at eradicating all outbreaks, have reduced the number of cases, but many of the heavy measures have fueled anger and even protests and had a strong impact on the economy.

Beijing closed its schools in early May and urged students to switch to online learning amid rising numbers of locally transmitted COVID cases. High school and high school students were allowed to return to the classrooms starting June 2.

On Saturday, as the number of cases has dropped in recent days, the capital’s education commission said all primary and secondary school students in the capital can return to classes on Monday. Kindergartens will be allowed to reopen on July 4.

Beijing Municipal Sports Bureau said separately that youth sports activities can be resumed in non-school locations on June 27, in areas where no community cases have been reported for seven consecutive days, except in the basement, which will it remains closed.

The Universal Beijing Resort complex, which had been closed for almost two months, reopened on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Shanghai has not reported any new local cases – both symptomatic and asymptomatic – for June 24, the first time the Chinese economic center has done so since February 23.