At least 22 schools and a hundred classes had to close Friday, just three days after school started in France, as COVID-19 cases were uncovered, said Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer.
“There are twelve closed centers in the metropolis today, ten in La Réunion. There are 22 in total,” said the minister in an interview with Europa 1 and stated that there are also “a hundred” closed classes. Blanquer found that the data are low considering that there are a total of 60,000 educational centers in France.
According to the minister, “250 protocols for suspected cases are activated every day”. If so, the student or teacher will be “isolated immediately” and asked to stay at home. Next, the contacts will be located and tests performed, he specified.
“More than three cases of COVID-19 generally trigger the closure of the structure,” although “each case is specific,” has concerned Blanquer, who has clarified that distance learning is suggested immediately below.
France crossed the 300,000 COVID-19 threshold on Thursday after registering an infection rate of more than 7,100 in the past 24 hours. In addition, the French authorities recorded 21 more deaths, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic started to 30,706. The government has mandated the use of a mask for students over the age of 11 and faculty.