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Guwahati: Wuhan, the eye of the storm of the entire COVID-19 pandemic and the Chinese city that was hardest hit by the coronavirus, is all set to reopen all its kindergartens and schools on Tuesday, local authorities were quoted as saying by media reports.

Up to 1.4 million students will be able to attend the autumn semester in as many as 2,842 educational institutions across the city, announced the local government on Friday. Wuhan University reopened on Monday.

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The city is also prepared for any worst-case scenario as it has drawn up emergency plans to switch back to online teaching, should risk levels change. Students are also advised to wear masks to and from school. They are also asked to avoid public transport as much as possible.

Additionally, schools are also ordered to stock up on disease control equipment and also carry out training sessions and drills to help prepare for the possibility of new outbreaks. Also, schools must restrict unnecessary mass gatherings and submit daily reports to health professionals. Moreover, foreign teachers and students who have not received notice from their respective schools will not be allowed to return.

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Wuhan — the central Chinese city which is believed to be the origin point of COVID-19 pandemic — was on lockdown for more than two months starting from late January. The death count of the city alone was 3,869 which accounts for more than 80% of China’s total tally. The city is however slowly returning to normal since April when the lockdowns were lifted.

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