Eleven isolated examination sites have been prepared in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, for the national college entrance examination, as the city takes precautionary measures against a COVID-19 outbreak.
Students who have come into contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases will take the exam in isolation under the supervision of medical staff and educational officials, said Gu Zhongpeng, deputy director of Guangzhou's education bureau.
"All students and working staff have finished two rounds of nucleic acid tests, with all staff members vaccinated," Gu said, adding that some students were still under observation.
The city has 54,900 students who are going to sit for this year's college entrance examination, or gaokao, which will take place from Monday to Wednesday, Gu said.
"Nine more isolated examination sites have also been reserved," he said, without revealing how many students would take the exam in isolation due to their health status.
Among the isolation sites is a special examination room at the Guangzhou Eighth People's Hospital set up for a 17-year-old student, who is an asymptomatic case.
"The student, who is under good care in the hospital, is fully prepared to take the examination in an isolated room," Gu said. The student has already had a health assessment by doctors and will be accompanied by two examination officials and two medical workers during the test.
"The papers will be fully disinfected after the student finishes the examination. We wish the student all the best," Gu said.
Chen Weihong, deputy principal of True Light High School, said the school has restricted student access. "As it is located at the Baihedong subdistrict in Liwan district, a high-risk area, only students who are going to take the examination are allowed to stay in the school," Chen said.
Guangzhou reported nine new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Saturday, including six confirmed cases and three asymptomatic carriers, bringing the city's total number of confirmed cases and asymptomatic carriers to 94 since May 21, according to the city's health commission.
Of the new cases, six were detected in Nansha district, forcing the district in the southern part of Guangzhou to suspend subway, bus, ferry and other public transportation starting on late Saturday.
The six are family members who live together. They have all been sent to the Guangzhou Eighth People's Hospital for treatment, said Xie Ming, deputy head of Nansha.