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This video shows disease-prevention workers hosing down a classroom with disinfectant as China announces the partial resumption of schools amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Footage from Jiangkou Middle School in the city of Tongren, in south-western China’s Guizhou Province, shows workers in full hazmat suits discharging a mist of disinfectant on campus.
The cloud of virus-killing product is to be sprayed across all middle schools and high schools in the province, where a portion of pupils will be let back into class starting on 16th March.
In late February, the Guizhou provincial government announced that students in their final years of middle school and high school would be the first to resume classes.
The two groups, whose studies have already been delayed by the deadly COVID-19 outbreak, face crucial entrance exams in the summer.
Returning pupils will undergo regular temperature screening as well as tests for the coronavirus in order to ensure their safety.
Students and faculty members will each be provided with new surgical masks every day, and classes will be equipped with digital thermometers, the announcement said.
As of 9am local time today (10th March), Guizhou had recorded 146 cases of COVID-19 and two deaths.
Figures show 123 patients having already been discharged, with the remaining individuals still in quarantine.
Guizhou will follow China’s north-western Qinghai Province as the country’s second region to resume classes for middle and high school pupils.
Authorities in Qinghai, where there are reportedly 18 cases and zero deaths, said 114 schools welcomed back students on 9th March.
All other provinces remain on partial or full lockdown, with class resumptions not set to begin until at least the end of March.
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