Kluge said 32 of the 55 states parties and territories in the WHO European region experienced an increase in the 14-day incidence rate of more than 10%, calling this “certainly a widespread increase in Europe.”But he also suggested that health officials and other officials are better positioned and better prepared than in February, when the continent was on the brink of a huge spike in cases and deaths.
Europe returns to school despite recent virus outbreak
Virus or no virus, European authorities are determined to put children back in classrooms, reduce the learning gaps between the haves and have-nots that widened during lockdowns – and get their parents back to work.
Faced with an increase in cases of the virus, authorities in France, UK, Spain and elsewhere are imposing rules on masks, hiring additional teachers and building new offices en masse.
As America’s back-to-school saga has been politicized and chaotic, with a rapidly evolving mishmash of rules and backlash against President Donald Trump’s insistence on reopening, European governments have faced less uproar .
And even though the virus has invaded classrooms in recent days from Berlin to Seoul, and some teachers and parents are warning their schools are not ready, European leaders from the left, right and center are sending a unusually consistent message: even in a pandemic, children are better off in the classroom.
The French Prime Minister on Wednesday promised to “do everything” to get people back to school and to work. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called the reopening of schools a “moral duty”, and his government has even threatened to fine parents who keep children at home. Italy’s health minister abruptly closed nightclubs this month with one goal in mind – “to reopen schools in September safely”.