World300,000 primary school children back in class

300,000 primary school children back in class


In Danish schools, meals must be taken in class, but wearing a mask is not compulsory for pupils and teachers. – Tim Kildeborg Jensen / AP / SIPA

A first relaxation of the drastic anti-Covid rules in Denmark. After five weeks of distance learning, nearly 300,000 primary school students returned to class on Monday. This particular re-entry takes place in reinforced sanitary conditions, the classes not having to mix to avoid mixing. Thus, meals must be taken in class, but wearing a mask is not compulsory for the students and the teachers.

“I just can’t wait to see my friends and my teacher again, then I can’t wait to get rid of my family,” said Charlie Boll Østergaard, a Copenhagen schoolboy in grade 3 interviewed by the Jyllands-Posten newspaper. The Nordic country and its 5.8 million inhabitants have been under a semi-containment regime since Christmas. Non-essential shops, bars and restaurants, cultural venues, colleges, high schools and universities are notably closed and it is forbidden to meet with more than five.

The British mutation “will soon be the most dominant”

Despite the slowdown in the number of new cases, there is no question of lifting the current restrictions. “Older students will be able to return to school when we have complete control of the epidemic,” said Head of Government Mette Frederiksen during a visit to a school, without giving more details on the timetable.

“Although on the surface the numbers look good in Denmark, the British mutation is here and will soon be the most dominant,” she said. Denmark recorded 435 new cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 202,306. More than 2,200 people have died since the start of the pandemic.



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