France recorded 70 new COVID-19 cases in schools, a week after it let more than 1 million kids go back to class in schools that were allowed to reopen last week, the country’s education minister said on Monday.
The said country closed its school and higher-education institutes starting March 17 as part of the country’s measures to contain its coronavirus outbreak.
France had recorded more than 180,000 coronavirus cases and more than 28,000 deaths as of Monday.
After two months of lockdown, France has begun to lift restrictions, including the reopening of some shops and preschools and elementary schools.
According to France24, an international news channel, classes have been capped at 10 students for preschools and 15 students for other age groups.
The Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told the French radio station RTL on Monday that 70 new cases of COVID-19 had been detected in the week since students came back, which he said was “inevitable.”
“It’s inevitable this sort of thing will happen,” he said. “In almost all cases, this [transmission] has happened outside of the school.”
Blanquer noted that the 70 cases were a small proportion of the 1.4 million schoolchildren who had returned. He said the affected schools would be closed immediately.
France is among several European countries, including Germany, Denmark, Norway, the Czech Republic, and Poland, that have started to lift lockdown measures, though many have warned that the process will be slow and closely monitored.
Denmark last month became the first European country to reopen schools, prompting parents to raise concerns that their children were being used as “guinea pigs” to test government policies.
Still, European officials have downplayed the risks of sending kids back to school, saying the alternative would be more harmful to students in the long run.
“There will be terrible damage if we lose a generation of children who have been stopped from going to school for several months,” Blanquer said
On Monday, Blazenka Divjak, the minister for education in Croatia, said at a press conference that there hadn’t been a significant increase in cases since European schools opened their doors.
“So far we haven’t heard anything negative about the reopening of schools, but it is probably too early to have final conclusions on that,” she said.
Source: Business Insider
Read more: News
TEACH PINAS is not affiliated, associated, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected to any government organization. All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. We, the admins/staff, do not claim any ownership to some contents posted here. If you own rights to those and do not wish them to appear on this site, please contact us via e-mail: [email protected] and we will take necessary actions ASAP. TEACH PINAS does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this website (www.teachpinas.com), is strictly at your own risk. TEACH PINAS will not be liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with the use of our website. Read more...