Twelve mainland French schools closed due to coronavirus

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PARIS (Reuters) – COVID-19 has forced 12 schools in mainland France to close, but the rest of the nearly 60,000 opened as planned for the start of the school year, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Friday, as coronavirus cases were crossing the country’s rise to power.

“It has been a pretty good week although there are still problems. More than 12 million pupils have returned to school despite the difficulties and concerns, ”he told Europe 1 radio.

He said 10 other schools had been closed for the same reason in La Réunion, one of the two Caribbean islands administered by France.

The French school year began on Tuesday, with some parents and teachers’ unions fearing the virus could spread in classrooms.

The health ministry said on Thursday it had recorded more than 7,000 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours for the second time in two days, just under a record of 7,578 set on March 31. Hospitalizations for the virus have also increased.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Edited by Andrew Heavens and John Stonestreet

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