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China: Students sit university entrance exam in Beijing amid COVID surge03:26

China: Students sit university entrance exam in Beijing amid COVID surge

China, Beijing
July 7, 2020 at 09:12 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of students queued up to sit China's university entrance exam in Beijing on Tuesday, despite a recent surge in the number of coronavirus cases that led to delays.

The exam, known as 'Gaokao', is an important event for China's high school students, with close to 10.7 million young people scheduled to participate across the country.

Some parents complained about the fact that their children were unable to prepare for the exam at schools, having been forced back home when restrictions went in place for a second time earlier in June.

"When the second wave of coronavirus came, they returned back to home study. I feel like it will impact their exam preparation mentally, because the preparation schedule has changed," said Geng Yanbiao, a student's parent.

Beijing hosts 132 testing venues of the more than 7,000 set up across China, and officials have asked parents to avoid crowding outside the facilities.

The city reintroduced COVID-19 lockdown measures when a cluster of cases linked to the Xinfadi wholesale market was discovered on June 11.

China: Students sit university entrance exam in Beijing amid COVID surge03:26
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Thousands of students queued up to sit China's university entrance exam in Beijing on Tuesday, despite a recent surge in the number of coronavirus cases that led to delays.

The exam, known as 'Gaokao', is an important event for China's high school students, with close to 10.7 million young people scheduled to participate across the country.

Some parents complained about the fact that their children were unable to prepare for the exam at schools, having been forced back home when restrictions went in place for a second time earlier in June.

"When the second wave of coronavirus came, they returned back to home study. I feel like it will impact their exam preparation mentally, because the preparation schedule has changed," said Geng Yanbiao, a student's parent.

Beijing hosts 132 testing venues of the more than 7,000 set up across China, and officials have asked parents to avoid crowding outside the facilities.

The city reintroduced COVID-19 lockdown measures when a cluster of cases linked to the Xinfadi wholesale market was discovered on June 11.

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