School exodus as border fears hit fever pitch

Local | Mandy Zheng 18 Jun 2020

Some 90 students in a Fan Ling secondary school skipped classes in panic yesterday, a day after three cross-border students reported having a fever.

Christian Alliance SW Chan Memorial College said the trio didn't return on Tuesday after calling in sick, adding that no student has been confirmed with Covid -19.

But many parents were still worried, and 47 of the absent students yesterday said they were concerned about infection risks.

Another 20 students, including six from Shenzhen, took sick leave.

Rumors that at least four of the school's students from Shenzhen were feverish, with one's temperature as high as 39.1 degrees Celsius, started to circulate on Tuesday.

"We heard from students one pupil was put in a wheelchair and left early," the North District Student Alliance said on Facebook.

"Another had a temperature when entering the school, but it dropped when measured again. So the student was allowed to attend classes," it added, urging a suspension of classes and disinfection measures.

The school said "among all the teachers and pupils who came back to the school, no one experienced fever or severe illness."

"On the morning of June 16, five cross-boundary students in secondary three, along with one in secondary five, asked for leave. Three of them reported a fever," it said.

Some 22 cross-boundary students have resumed classes at the school.

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