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Europe CDC: Virus spread slow so far in schools

Coronavirus Pandemic

Pupils wash their hands at Outwood Academy Adwick in Doncaster, as schools in England reopen to pupils following the coronavirus lockdown, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Millions of children are returning to school across Europe and beyond in a mass experiment aimed at bridging inequalities and resuscitating economies despite the persistent pandemic. Governments are trying to show that life goes on despite a virus that has infected at least 25 million people worldwide and killed more than 850,000. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)
By The Associated Press undefined

BRUSSELS — The head of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says the coronavirus doesn’t seem to be spreading significantly in schools that opened early in Europe.

Many students returned to classrooms around Europe this week, but some partly opened before the end of June. A few countries, such as Germany, opened their doors for the new school year in August.

ECDC director Andrea Ammon told EU lawmakers Wednesday that anti-virus measures like social-distancing, hand washing, avoiding mass gatherings and the confinement of suspect cases among students and staff should be enough to limit the spread of the disease. She made no mention of wearing masks.

Ammon says, “closing the schools should be really the last measure that you take.”

Belgium has one of the highest per capita death rates in the world from the coronavirus. Nearly 10,000 people have died in a country of 11.5 million. Belgium has 85,393 cases, according to the ECDC.