According to Business Insider, on Monday, France recorded 70 new cases of COVID-19 in schools, a week after it let more than 1 million kids go back to class. The country has recorded 180,000 + coronavirus cases and 28,000 + deaths as of now.
The city of romance closed down its school and higher-education institutes back in March as a part of the country’s measure to contain its coronavirus outbreak.
After two months of lockdown, France has begun to ease lockdown and other restrictions. Some preschools and elementary schools were opened alongside few shops.
Classes have been maximized for ten students each for preschools and fifteen students each for other age groups. The Education Minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, said, that “70 new cases of COVID-19 had been detected in the week since students came back, which 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.”
However, schools that have cases at the moment will be shut down immediately.
Blanquer emphasized that the 70 cases were instead a small proportion of the 1M + schoolchildren who had returned.
European officials have given little weight to the risks of sending kids back to school. They believe that the alternative would be more harmful to students in the long run.
Several European countries have lifted lockdown measures, including France, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, and Denmark. However, the process will be slow and steady as the governments must monitor the impact.
“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, according to The Guardian.
The minister for education in Croatia, Blazenka Divjak, On Monday, said at a press conference that a significant increase in cases had not been reported since the schools have opened in Europe.
“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.
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