70 cases of COVID-19 at French schools days after reopening

In this May 14, 2020 file photo, Children wash their hands at the Saint-Tronc Castelroc primary school in Marseille, southern France. Just days after around a third of French schoolchildren went back to school, ended the gruelling coronavirus-linked lockdown, there has been flare up of about 70 cases with coronavirus in classes.  
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Date of Publication: May 18, 2020

Source: The Toronto Star

Schools had begun opening one week ago in France. Since then, there have been 70 COVID-19 cases linked to schools. The French Education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, indicated affected schools were closed immediately. Blanquer did not specify if the cases were among teachers or students, but said it was likely people were infected before schools had reopened, as the incubation period of COVID-19 is several days. In addition to reopening preschools and primary schools, which have a cap of 15 students, junior high schools are reopening in regions that have been less affected by the virus this week. However, the 70 cases linked to schools highlights the complexity the French government has to address: reassuring the public the country is moving forward from COVID-19 but also ensuring public health safety as the country reopens.

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