USA :Coronavirus cases in 41 Berlin schools in just two weeks of class

Berlin, Aug 21 . .- At least 41 out of 825 Berlin schools, around 4.5%, have presented cases of coronavirus among teachers or students in the first two weeks of class since the students returned to class after the summer break, he publishes the “Berliner Zeitung” today.

The newspaper is based on data prepared by the educational authorities of the city-state, according to which in 37 schools at least part of the students, teachers or both groups are currently in quarantine due to a case of coronavirus within the school community .

The list includes both public and private schools, although the statistics lack two schools for which cases of coronavirus are known and for vocational training centers there are still no official data available.

Meanwhile, in two other schools, the quarantine measures could already be lifted.

The head of Education in Berlin, Sandra Scheeres, pointed out that these numbers reflect that “schools by themselves do not constitute a ‘hotspot’” (hot spot) and added that “as a rule infections reach schools from outside.”

In the absence of precise guidelines should the numbers increase, a group within the newly created advisory council on hygiene issues is scheduled to start work next Monday on a phased plan for the Berlin school system.

According to the data, which are collected in the communications until Thursday at 3:00 p.m. local time (1:00 p.m. GMT), cases of coronavirus infection in Berlin after two weeks of school do not yet pose a threat to the regular operation of schools, indicates the “Berliner Zeitung “.

Thus, in most schools with confirmed cases, these refer only to an infected student or teacher and there is no evidence of infections within the school.

However, the impact can be considerable, if one takes into account that this list does not include suspected cases and the consequences that a single case implies, the newspaper underlines.

Thus, there are already dozens of teachers and hundreds of students who are in quarantine throughout Berlin.

On the other hand, there is no type of center apparently more susceptible to registering cases of contagion, since the confirmed cases have occurred in primary schools, secondary schools and special education schools, public and private.

With regard to the around 2,700 kindergartens in Berlin, seven had “restrictions in relation to the coronavirus pandemic” yesterday, with a closed center and specific groups or people in quarantine, said an Education spokeswoman.

MORE THAN 1,400 NEW CONTAGES IN GERMANY IN 24 HOURS

The German health authorities recorded 1,427 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, after surpassing 1,700 for the first time since the end of April yesterday.

The total number of positives since the first case of contagion in the country was announced on January 27 is 230,048 and the death toll increased by seven to 9,260, according to updated data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) this midnight

The number of active cases amounts to about 15,000.

In Berlin, 80 new infections were registered in the last 24 hours and the death toll rose by two to 226, with a total of 10,543 confirmed cases since the pandemic was declared and just over 800 still active.

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