New Delhi: At a time when the death toll related to the deadly coronavirus has reached 1,113 in China, the country has taken a new initiative of offering online classes to its students. The country believes that whatever is the magnitude of the disease, but the students’ academic activities should not suffer. Also Read - Fate of Chinese Grand Prix Hangs in Balance Over Coronavirus Fears

Chinese officials have said that the students will now be able to attend classes online or study via television as schools postpone the start of the new semester due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Also Read - Men Are More Vulnerable To Coronavirus As They Made 68% of Early Cases in Wuhan, Studies Suggest

To take the efforts forward, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has issued guidelines for universities to organise online classes. The government has given 22 online platforms offering 24,000 courses to students. Also Read - Andhra Man Thinks He Has Coronavirus, Commits Suicide to Save Family; Helplines Fail

“These courses are of high-quality and were carefully selected over the past several years,” Wu Yan at the MOE said. The official also added that more such platforms will be launched in the days to come.

The Ministry of Education further added that a cloud platform will also be launched on February 17 to provide students in elementary and secondary schools with education resources covering all major school subjects.

Apart from school knowledge, these platforms will also impart students knowledge about epidemic prevention, patriotism, life and psychological health.

The minister further added that for students in remote or rural areas with low Internet accessibility, a Chinese education television channel will start airing classes on February 17 for them to study at home.