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French schools register 70 new COVID-19 cases within week of reopening – Minister

French schools have registered 70 COVID-19 cases since some of them were allowed to reopen last week, French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Monday.

Under the government’s lockdown exit plan, 40,000 primary schools and kindergartens have reopened in the country’s β€œgreen” regions – those with low COVID-19 numbers since May 11.

Secondary schools are scheduled to resume operations on Monday, while high schools are to remain closed until June.

β€œSeventy coronavirus cases have been detected in the 40,000 schools that have reopened since May 11 and received 1.4 million school children across the country,” Blanquer said.

The new cases were registered in about 50 schools, which were then closed again.

The closures took place in Mayenne, Finistere, Cantal, Haute-Garonne, Indre-et-Loire, Herault and Nice.

According to Blanquer, nearly 70 per cent of primary school pupils are continuing to learn remotely.

Nevertheless, the main goal remains that β€œevery child resumes contact with the school,’’ he noted.

Blanquer also said that as secondary schools begin to reopen in France on Monday, caution is required accordingly.

Educational institutions in β€œred zone’’ regions, however, must wait until at least the end of May before knowing the date of their possible resumption.

France began easing the two-month lockdown restrictions on May 11 with the reopening of schools, non-alimentary shops, cafes, restaurants and other public places in β€œgreen zone” regions less affected by the virus.

The highly infected β€œred” regions, however, remain under the local authorities’ strict surveillance.

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.

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