Coronavirus: France closes 12 schools due to COVID-19

Secondary school students, wearing protective face masks, line-up to enter in the school canteen room at the College Henri Matisse school during its reopening in Nice as French children return to their schools after the summer break. September 1, 2020. (Reuters)

COVID-19 has forced 12 schools in mainland France to close, but the rest of the almost 60,000 opened as planned at the start of the academic year, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Friday, as coronavirus cases across the country surge.

“It has been a rather good week even though there are always some glitches. Over 12 million pupils returned to school in spite of the difficulties and the worries,” he told Europe 1 radio.

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He said a further 10 schools were closed for the same reason on La Reunion, one of two Caribbean islands administered by France.

The French school year began on Tuesday, with some parents and teachers’ unions voicing concerns that the virus could spread through classrooms.

The health ministry said on Thursday it had registered more than 7,000 new coronavirus infections over 24 hours for the second time in two days, just shy of a 7,578 record set on March 31. Hospitalizations for the virus also rose further.

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Last Update: Friday, 04 September 2020 KSA 11:06 - GMT 08:06
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