Covid-19 Controlled, Wuhan Holds Grand Graduation

UMMATIMES - Wuhan University held a grand graduation involving more than 11,000 students on Sunday. The event took place without masks and social restrictions.

A large red banner was installed at the Central China Normal University in Wuhan to welcome the participants. "Welcoming 2020 graduates back home. May your future be bright," reads the writing on the banner quoted from the New Straits Times, Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

This grand graduation was held because for a year thousands of students could not celebrate their graduation because the city was the first place to be hit by the pandemic. Of the 11 thousand students, 2,200 of them are 2020 graduates.

The students wore dark blue graduation gowns complete with gowns. What stole the attention of course the majority of them were not wearing masks. The event committee did not enforce social distancing in arranging seating.

Wuhan University held a limited graduation in June last year. At that time the students and lecturers who were present were all wearing masks. The rest follow online.

Covid-19 first emerged in late 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of central China's Hubei province, prompting the city of 11 million to impose the world's strictest lockdown.

Restrictions were not relaxed until April when the city began to reopen after 76 days of closure, although schools remained closed for longer.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the Chinese government has taken strict precautions, including strict border controls, quarantines, mandatory online "health codes", and various domestic travel restrictions.

Currently, the Covid-19 cases in China are under control. As of Tuesday, there were 20 new cases, including 18 imported from abroad and two local infections in southern Guangdong province. There have been 4,636 officially reported deaths, the majority in Wuhan.