January 12, 2021 China Internet Information center(CIIC) reported the new cases of COVID-19 infections in the capital city Shijiazhuang of Hebei Province. “Hebei epidemic prevention and control press conference informed that as of January 9 (Beginning from Dec. 27 2020). there have been 45 children infected with the COVID-19, the youngest 3 years old; among the asymptomatic infected, there are 40 cases in children, the youngest only 1 year old” Totally as of January 9, 336 new Infections were confirmed in the province. “Through these cases, it is at least clear that the virus has been spreading insidiously in schools for some time. The outbreak in Hebei has not yet reached an inflection point, and it is unknown how many children will eventually be infected.” CIIC warned “pandemic control and prevention shall not be a formality in schools. Students “going to school sick” is the source of the rapid spread of the epidemic in schools” All schools in the hotspot city Shijiazhuang have been switched to home-schooling from January 6, 2021. http://med.china.com.cn/content/pid/228634/tid/1026

As of January 24, in Shijiazhuang, 847 confirmed infections have been hospitalized and quarantined. 5 new cased were reported on Jan. 24 and 3 new cases on Jan 25. http://www.xinhuanet.com/politics/2021-01/24/c_1127019609.htm