Shanghai asks schools to hold classes online amid rising COVID-19 cases

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Shanghai will shut most schools again from Monday, reverting to an element of China’s old virus playbook as the rapid dismantling of the country’s pandemic restrictions spurs an explosion in cases.

Students in all classes except for those in middle and high school who will graduate next summer must study at home from next week, the education authority of China’s largest city said in a WeChat post on Saturday.

Kindergartens will also be closed, according to the announcement.

The order was a rare act of caution from officials who have spent recent weeks rolling back almost all of the curbs that kept COVID-19 at bay over the past three years.

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Infections have surged in Beijing, where the virus is now rampant, and appears to be ticking higher in Shanghai, where residents have gone from knowing few people who’ve had the virus, to whole families being infected.

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