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CORONAVIRUS: Older school children should wear masks, French science council says

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French school children aged 11-18 should wear masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, the scientific council advising the government on the pandemic said on Saturday.

It added that staff at both French “colleges” and “lycees” – dealing with children aged 11 to 18 – should also wear masks, although it said it was impossible to get the youngest of schoolchildren, aged for example from 4 to 11, to do so.

French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer made this know on his Twitter account on Saturday.

He Tweeted:

With this note from the Scientific Council, we have the basis for the development of the announced health protocol to provide a safe framework for academic deconfinement.

This national protocol will be the benchmark for all stakeholders for the start of the school year:

The scientific council’s findings would form part of the government’s considerations on how to re-open the country’s schools on May 11.


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