Europe re-opens schools

As 22 European countries re-open their schools, scientists say it is too early to assess whether there is a significant increase in Covid-19 cases.

Most countries like Denmark and Germany have opened with reduced pupil numbers of 15 or less per class to accommodate social distancing, as well as keeping children in ‘bubble’ learning groups to reduce interaction across the wider school population.

France has not followed suit with blanket opening of schools but has assessed regional fluctuations according to numbers of Covid-19 cases, death-rate and intensive care availability. Only in places classed as ‘green areas’ where it is deemed the virus is under control, have re-opened schools with a caveat that they can be closed should cases occur.

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