French schools record 70 new COVID-19 cases within week of resumption

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French schools record 70 new COVID-19 cases within week of resumption

French schools record 70 new COVID-19 cases within week of resumption

A total of 70 COVID-19 cases have been registered amongst French schools since some of them were allowed to resume last week, Jean-Michel Blanquer, French Education Minister, stated on Monday.

With the Government’s plan, 40,000 primary schools and kindergartens have reopened in the country’s “green” regions – those with low COVID-19 numbers since May 11th.

It has been scheduled that Secondary schools are to resume on Monday, while high schools are to remain closed until June.

“Seventy coronavirus cases have so far been detected in the 40,000 schools that were allowed to resume since May 11 and received 1.4 million school children across the country,” Mr Blanquer said.

The new cases were recorded in almost 50 schools, which were shut down again.

The closures were carried out in Mayenne, Finistere, Cantal, Haute-Garonne, Indre-et-Loire, Herault and Nice.

According to Mr Blanquer, almost 70 % of primary school pupils are continuing to learn from home.

As of Monday, France has detected a total of 179,693 COVID-19 cases, the sixth-highest number in the world, with the death toll at 28,111.

French schools record 70 new COVID-19 cases within week of resumption

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