Covid-19: kindergarten and primary classes will no longer close upon detection of a first case

Info BFMTV – The government will announce Thursday a change in health rules at school: kindergarten and primary classes will no longer be forced to close as soon as a case of Covid-19 is detected.

According to our information, the government will announce Thursday a change in health rules at school. Kindergarten and primary classes will no longer be forced to close upon detection of a case of Covid-19, as was the case until now.

Instead, when a student tests positive for the coronavirus, their classmates will have to take tests and those who test negative can immediately return to the classroom.

Primary and nursery school thus join the logic already applied to middle school and high school, where classes remain open. In the event of contamination, only students with unvaccinated contacts should isolate themselves for a week.

Thousands of closed classes

The announcement comes as the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, explained on Tuesday that 6,000 classes were currently closed in France, i.e. 2,000 additional closings since Friday.

This is the highest level reached since the start of the school year even if “last year, at the peak of the epidemic, when we managed to keep the school open, we were still at 12,000 closed classes,” said Jean. -Michel Blanquer.

In addition, within a week, the incidence rate of children aged 6 to 10 increased by a factor of 2.5. With 340 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, it is much higher than that of adults (191 per 100,000 inhabitants).

Vaccination of the children in question

The circulation of Covid-19 is very active in children and for many doctors, the question of their vaccination arises. If the French state only authorizes injection from the age of 12, other countries like Israel and the United States have already taken the plunge.

For Jean-Fran├žois Timsit, head of the intensive care unit and infectious diseases at Bichat hospital in Paris, “having children vaccinated would be an extraordinary benefit”.

A position shared by Jean-Michel Molina, head of the infectious diseases department at Saint-Louis hospital (Paris), who specifies that it is “also a way to prevent children from transmitting (Covid-19) to more fragile people, their grandparents for example “. It remains to be seen whether the vaccination of under 12s will be on the menu of government announcements this Thursday at 12:30 pm, to be followed live on BFMTV.

Diane Regny with Benjamin Duhamel

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