Shanghai’s senior party leader declared triumph over COVID-19 on Saturday after the city reported no new local cases for the first time in two months. Beijing announced on Saturday that it will permit elementary and secondary schools to resume in-person sessions.
Several locations in China, including the two largest cities, put restrictions in place between March and May to stop the omicron wave from spreading. Shanghai imposed a two-month citywide lockdown that was lifted on June 1.
The initiatives, which are a part of China’s commitment to a zero-COVID policy that aims to end all outbreaks, have reduced the number of cases, but many of the strident measures have stoked resentment and even a few unusual protests, and they have had a significant negative impact on the economy.
In response to an increase in locally transmitted COVID cases, Beijing encouraged students to switch to online learning at the beginning of May. Beginning on June 2, middle and high school seniors were permitted to return to their classes.
The capital’s education committee announced on Saturday that all primary and secondary school children in the capital can resume attending in-person courses starting on Monday as case numbers have been trending lower in recent days. Beginning on July 4, kindergartens will be able to reopen.
Separately, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports announced that, with the exception of basement facilities, sports activities for children can resume on June 27 at non-school locations where no community cases have been documented for seven days running.
On Saturday, the Universal Beijing Resort reopened after being down for over two months.
For the first time since Feb. 23, Shanghai, the economic center of China, reported no new local cases on June 24—both symptomatic and asymptomatic.
Li Qiang, the head of the Shanghai Communist Party, declared at the beginning of the city’s party congress on Saturday that the government had “won the war to defend Shanghai” against COVID by carrying out Xi Jinping’s orders and that Beijing’s decisions regarding epidemic prevention were “completely correct.” However, the city is still on edge. The majority of pupils are still not able to attend classes in person, and eating indoors is still prohibited. Additionally, it intends to carry out mass PCR tests on all of its 25 million inhabitants every weekend until the end of July.