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Schools reopen in France as Coronavirus lockdown eases

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Thousands of schools have reopened throughout France as the government eases its Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown rules despite some fears of a second wave of infections.

According to official figures there were 348 new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the national total to 26,991, report AFP.

Report indicates that primary and nursery schools reopened, however, with teachers wearing nose masks and the children’s chairs separated to avoid spreading the disease.

For Gregory Bouvier, headmaster of a nursery school in Rennes, Northwest France, it was all a bit “surreal”.

“It’s not part of a nursery school’s DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) to have the children spaced apart from each other remaining at their desks and not able to share things.”

Meanwhile, Jean-Michel Blanquer, France Education Minister, hailed the reopening, which will be rolled out gradually throughout the country, including Paris schools on Thursday, before some secondary schools resume lessons next week.

To ease the fears of parents concerned that the virus remains just a sneeze away, the government has given them the choice to allow their children to return to school or remain under lockdown at home.

Unions have criticised the decision to reopen the schools calling it “premature”.

Some scientists and parliamentary deputies have also questioned the decision.

France began easing its two-month lockdown Monday, May 11 with residents able venture outdoors without filling in a permit for the first time in nearly eight weeks and some shops reopening their doors.

But officials are keeping an anxious eye on events in Germany and South Korea, which have reimposed some restrictions as virus cases rose after they eased lockdown measures.

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