Several Chinese universities delay fall semester amid COIVD-19 and high temperature
Published: Aug 18, 2022 03:29 PM Updated: Aug 18, 2022 03:26 PM
Freshmen of the class of 2021 walk onto the campus of Hainan University. Source: Hainan University
Freshmen of the class of 2021 walk onto the campus of Hainan University. Source: Hainan University

As Chinese universities count down to the start of the fall semester, universities in many places across the country have notified that they will delay the return of staff and students and postpone enrollment for the class of 2022 due to the epidemic and high temperature.

The universities that announced the postponement are mainly located in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Northeast China's Liaoning and Jilin provinces, East China's Fujian Province, and South China's Guangdong and Hainan provinces.

China's National Health Commission said Thursday that 682 new cases were confirmed on the Chinese mainland on Wednesday, including 68 imported cases and 614 local cases. There were also 2,888 newly reported asymptomatic infections, of which 2,810 were local cases.

South China's Hainan Province, also known as the "Hawaii of China," accounted for the majority of the confirmed and asymptomatic cases reported on Wednesday, with 496 confirmed cases and 1,522 asymptomatic cases, according to the data from the NHC.

Hainan University said in a notice that the registration date for students returning to campus, originally scheduled for August 21, has been temporarily postponed to September 3, in order to ensure the health and safety of staff and students and in line with the requirements of epidemic prevention and control in the province. In addition, classes will start normally on August 22, and online teaching will be implemented.

Besides this reason, the persistent high temperature affecting a vast territory of China since June 13 this year has been evaluated as the severest and longest in history since 1961, when complete meteorological observation records started, China's National Climate Center (NCC) announced on Wednesday.

The National Meteorological Center (NMC) continued to issue a red alert for high temperature on Thursday morning, the seventh consecutive day for the center to issue a red alert and the 29th day in a row for the center to issue high temperature warnings, forecasting a vast range of areas across the country including the southern part of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Central China's Hunan Province, the eastern part of Southwest China's Guizhou Province and parts of South China's Guangdong Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region will reach high temperatures above 35 C to 39 C.

The vast majority of universities with delayed openings said in their notices that the courses would not be affected and would continue as usual through online teaching. The military training for freshmen will also be delayed.

Global Times