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22 Schools Shut Down Over Rising Cases of COVID-19

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22 Schools Shut Down Over Rising Cases of COVID-19

No fewer than 22 schools have been shut down in France over rising cases of coronavirus pandemic.

The Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, who confirmed the development on Friday said, over half of these cases were in the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion.

Speaking with Europe 1 radio, he, however, said he was pleased with how the return to school had progressed since children went back on Tuesday.

10 schools have closed in mainland France and 12 on La Reunion, where there has been a recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

Up to 130 classes have also been halted within schools and the minister said the authorities were checking around 250 incidents related to Coronavirus in schools every day.

These incidents are mainly linked to “factors outside school concerning people who could have been contaminated” over the summer, he said.

More than three COVID cases mean that the school is temporarily shut, he said.

France is currently experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases, with 7,157 new cases reported on Thursday.

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