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Beijing schools tighten flu scrutiny

FROM today, all students at Beijing's kindergartens and primary and middle schools will have to have their temperatures taken before can enter school.

Parents accompanying students to school will also have their temperatures checked as the capital tightens its scrutiny on swine flu (A-type H1N1), today's Legal Evening News reported.

The new measures come in the wake of an outbreak in a primary school in South China's Guangdong Province, the report said. Thirty pupils have been confirmed with swine flu at the Shipai Township Central Primary School in Guangdong's Dongguan City.

Previously, students in Beijing had to hand over a form detailing their temperatures to the schools, Beijing No. 1 Kindergarten's principal, surnamed Feng, said.

Nobody was detected with a high temperature this morning at the kindergarten, Feng said.

Among other measures students have to report their external travel to schools, the newspaper said. Anyone who has made a trip or had close contact with people who have just returned from overseas must be confined at home and kept under observation for seven days.

District and county-level health and education authorities will decide which students and teachers should be isolated if a school reports three or more cases of swine flu.


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