World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 31 Mar, 2021 05:30 am

As coronavirus cases explode, French teachers demand closure of schools

As coronavirus cases explode, French teachers demand closure of schools
Yesterday, the total number of patients in intensive care surpassed 5,000 for the first time the peak set in November last year.

Throughout the month of March, the number of classes closed jumped from week to week because more than three coronavirus cases had been detected within the same class.On Friday, March 26, the education ministry revealed that 3,256 classes were closed, up by 1,238 within the space of a week, a rise of 60 percent.The highest concentration of closed classes is in the Academy of Créteil, which encompasses Seine-Saint Denis, Seine-et-Marne and Val-de-Marne.More than 536 classes have been closed in these areas alone.

In the Academy of Lyon, 177 classes were closed last week, up from 24 the week before, a rise of 640 percent.In an interview last week with the Journal du Dimanche, President Macron defended his government’s refusal to impose a lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus.

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