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Hong Kong Is Resisting Mass School Closures Despite Covid Surge

  • City adopts 10% threshold to shut classes with Covid spread
  • Daily rapid tests help prevent large-scale outbreaks: official
Children escorted from school in Hong Kong.

Children escorted from school in Hong Kong.

Photographer: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Hong Kong won’t consider mass school closures even as the number of Covid-19 infections soars citywide, officials said, though they are monitoring outbreaks in specific classes so they can take action if needed. 

The government has set a threshold of about 10% of students infected in a single class for deciding when targeted cancellations should be implemented, a rule of thumb established as tens of thousands of children return to school with the start of a new academic year. If several classes are affected in a single school, it may close, officials said.