Denmark to reopen schools for youngest age groups

Denmark to reopen schools for youngest age groups
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Danish schools will reopen next week four children up to fourth grade.

Health minister Magnus Heunicke confirmed the decision to allow small children to return to school at a briefing on Monday evening.

The decision follows a steady reduction in Covid-19 infection numbers in Denmark since the turn of the year.

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“This is a very small, very controlled, pinprick operation we are conducting here in Denmark,” Heunicke said.

“It’s a careful reopening, and there are many reasons for that.

“Primarily that we have to deal with mutation B117, the one first found in England,” the minister added in reference to the more infectious variant of Covid-19 which has been confirmed to be spreading in Denmark despite overall declining infection numbers.

All school children above fourth grade will still be affected by the national lockdown, which is scheduled to run until February 28th.

Procedures intended to help schools cope with infection risks are to remain in place for the rest of the school year, enabling schools to adapt classes in accordance with individual needs.

School staff will thereby undergo regular Covid-19 tests and parents will be required to wear face masks on school sites.

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