TASHKENT (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of youngsters headed to sporting activities arenas across Uzbekistan on Wednesday to sit college entrance examinations in the open up air thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
The significant training, which will span two weeks, will see far more than 1.four million applicants consider a three-hour exam when seated at desks on the operating tracks or walkways of the stadiums. They are competing for some one hundred fifty,000 university places beneath a centralized admissions procedure.
Hundreds of youthful men and gals attended the very first session at one of the stadiums in Tashkent on Wednesday early morning, wearing masks. The climate was comfortably heat for those seated in the shade while other examination-takers made use of dresses and papers to defend them selves from immediate daylight.
The Central Asian nation of 34 million has just ended its second nationwide lockdown just after a mid-summer season surge in situations stretched its health care process to the limit. The previous Soviet republic has verified forty two,370 COVID-19 conditions with 324 deaths.
Uzbekistan mentioned this 7 days that programs at local universities would begin on line somewhat than in person and educational facilities would reopen on Sept.fourteen, two weeks afterwards than regular, with lessons reverting to length mastering depending on regional situation.
The authorities mentioned on Wednesday that cafes, restaurants and tea homes will reopen from Sept.5 with some constraints, as very well as cinemas, theaters and topic parks.
Mosques and other spots of worship will be permitted to maintain collective prayers from that day. Uzbekistan will also reopen its border with neighboring Kyrgyzstan. Masks will stay necessary in general public areas and mass gatherings will keep on being banned.