After almost eight months, universities in Wuhan, the Chinese city hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, are welcoming students in staggered time slots. It's the latest sign of life getting back on track as the pandemic wanes further in the country. More than 9,000 undergraduate students at Wuhan University began to take classes on Monday after returning to campus over the weekend.
The remaining undergraduate and graduate students are expected to return on Sept 1, 2 and 6, while the freshmen are set to start university life on Sept 11, the university said. At the school gates, the students' codes on their health kit apps, temperatures and identities were checked and their belongings disinfected. Students are allowed to leave the campus only after filing an application.
Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan welcomed more than 4,000 undergraduates to its Shouyi campus on Saturday. The Ministry of Education has recently required efforts to restore normal teaching at the country's schools and universities, with effective anti-epidemic measures in place.