Twelve million children in France returned to school on Thursday for the new school year, wearing face masks as part of a rule aimed at reducing the spread of the corona virus in the country.
I France Like other European countries, many fear a new look at the end of the summer break. Increased COVID-19 infection Fuel from highly contagious delta type. French media cited the example of Scotland and Germany, where reports of new cases increased after the school reopened.
A visit to a primary school in the southern city Marseilles, French President Emmanuel Macron called being able to open schools a “victory”.
Macron was greeted by children and teachers, all wearing masks, which must be worn indoors from the age of six.
“I want to pay tribute to the students, teachers, all the staff and families because I know we have some restrictions on everyone,” he said. “We must continue to live with the virus, educate and learn.”
Children also need to wash their hands often, and classrooms need to be ventilated regularly. Contact sports with schools have been banned.
The virus situation in France There has been a slight improvement in recent weeks, with an average of about 17,000 confirmed cases of infection every day, with more than 23,000 around mid-August.
Macron urged adolescents to get vaccinated for people 12 years of age and older. Schools are arranging vaccinations for those who want to take a shot. 12-16 requires the consent of at least one parent.
More than 63% of people between the ages of 12 and 17 have received at least one shot and 47% have been fully vaccinated.
France is one of the countries in the world with the highest rate of private classes. COVID-19 Crisis. According to UNESCO data, the country closed its schools completely or partially for 12 weeks between March 2020 and July this year, compared to 38 weeks in neighboring Germany and 58 weeks in the United States. ۔
“We have refused to sacrifice the entire generation for a long time,” said government spokesman Gabriel Atal.
In primary schools, if a child tests positive for the virus, the class will be closed for seven days.
In middle and high school, children who test positive and who do not get vaccinated and come in contact with them will be isolated for at least a week. Those who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to go to school.
In neighboring Germany, authorities in Berlin on Thursday ruled that children and staff in the capital’s schools need to wear masks because the rate of infection among young people is three. In fact, officials hope the mask will only be needed for a few weeks after the start of the school year in early August.
An association of pediatricians, BVKJ, said that despite the current increase in cases in the group, there was no cause for concern regarding COVID-19 cases in children and adolescents. “There has been no increase in the rate of the disease or more serious courses (of the disease),” Jacob Muske, a spokesman for the association, told RND Media Group.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Thursday described the situation in Norway as “challenging” as the country has seen an increase in new cases in recent days, especially among people between the ages of 13 and 19.
School children between the ages of 12 and 15 will be given a shot of the vaccine and will be urged to undergo regular large-scale testing, Solberg said. “We didn’t start a school where as many students as possible could go to school,” he said.
In Italy, schools opened their doors to administrative staff and teachers this week to prepare for the return of students, which will take place by September 20, depending on the region.
Teachers and other school staff, except cafeteria workers and designated assistants for students with disabilities, may have received at least one dose of the vaccine, or recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months, or negative in 48 hours Before entering the test school premises.