70 Cases Of COVID-19 At French Schools Days After Re-opening

FILE - In this May 14, 2020 file photo, schoolchildren raise their fingers to answer their teacher Sandrine Albiez, wearing a face masks, in a school in Strasbourg, eastern France. Just days after around a third of French schoolchildren went back to school, ended the gruelling coronavirus-linked lockdown, there has been flare up of about 70 cases with coronavirus in classes. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File)

PARIS (AP) — Just one week after a third of French schoolchildren went back to school in an easing ofthe coronavirus lockdown, there’s been a worrying flareup of about 70 COVID-19 cases linked to schools.

Some schools were opened last week and a further 150,000 junior high students went back to the classroom Monday as further restrictions were loosened by the government. The move initially spelled relief: the end of homeschooling for many hundreds of thousands of exhausted French parents, many whom were also working from home.

But French Education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer sounded the alarm Monday, telling French radio RTL that the return has put some children in new danger of contamination. He said the affected schools are being closed immediately. French media reported that seven schools in northern France were closed.

The situation highlights the precarious situation the French government is finding itself in as it seeks both to reassure the public that the country is moving forward past coronavirus and to react prudently to safeguard public health.

Blanquer did not specify if the 70 cases of COVID-19 were among students or teachers.

Given that the incubation period for the virus is several days, people are “likely” to have been infected before the reopening of the schools, he said.

France reopened about 40,000 preschools and primary schools last week, with classes capped at 15 students.

About 30% of children went back to school, Blanquer said. The government has allowed parents to keep children at home.

This week France is reopening junior high schools in “green” regions less affected by the virus, which do not include Paris.

Although the idea of children being silent “super-spreaders” has been largely debunked in recent analyses, last week France recorded its first death of a child linked to Kawasaki disease, a mysterious inflammatory syndrome that some doctors say could be triggered by COVID-19.

The 9-year-old boy in Marseille was one of 125 children in France currently with the syndrome.

French authorities have reported at least 142,411 people infected with the coronavirus and 28,108 deaths.

Follow VosIzNeias For Breaking News Updates

Kosher.com is here to help you manage your home without the stress. Go to Kosher.com for recipes, menu planners, kids' activities, and more.


  1. 40,000 * 15= 600,000

    70 cases our of 600,000= a little less than 1 in ten thousand who got sick

    If they were kids, whats the mortality rate for kids who got covid 1/100,000?
    If they were adults whats the motrality rate for healthy adults under 60 who got sick? 1/10,000?

    So at minumim the chnace of actually getting it and dying based on the french sample set is (1/10,000 *1/10000). Now I ask you all is that a reason not to open schools? Do we realize that schools are more essential than groceries or minyan? So we realize this is our future at stake? This is what we live for? Have we gone mad and crazy.

    Enough of this already.

    PS we should still make sure proper mitgation and containment strategies are in place. But we need to reopen now and immediately.

      • The second my schools reopen I will sound them. FYI my kids are not social distancing any more anyhow. But yes I do not own a school however if i could I would send withoout the bling of an eye

    • Educated Archy, you got your statistics all wrong on mortality rate + 70 known cases whole the real number is likely much higher as usual. Also you ignore the people who will ( are by now) be infected by these 70 new cases. About the mortality rate, if you do some research you will find something in the ball park as below. So for example, 40-49 year old the mortality rate is 0.4% which is 4 out 1000.

      confirmed cases
      all cases
      80+ years old
      70-79 years old
      60-69 years old
      50-59 years old
      40-49 years old
      30-39 years old
      20-29 years old
      10-19 years old
      0-9 years old
      no fatalities

      • The mortality rate for those in your 40-49 group that are healthy are a heck of alot lower.
        1) For my argument you can include those are healthy. Since I still argue that kids of parents who are not healthy would not be able to attend school. id venture to say that puts the rate to at most one per thousand.
        2) Many many of us at this young age have not been tested but had it. I am one of them who had it and then waited a month till more tests were avaliable. Walk around and you’ll see that 75% of us had it but most were not tested since it wasn’t serious enough. That is unless you think a random fluk happened why 3 out of 4 adults all had fever and coughs at the same time right before pesach. This further redusces your number.

        Even if its Only “real known cases” ou of 40,000 shcools , 70 cases? That doesnt seem high sorry.

        We need to end this paranio and reopen schools. Enough of this OCD.

        You need to go back to school and better study your scienece again

        • for age 40-49 the mortality rate is 0.4%, which is 40 x the figure you use in your math.
          So this quote of yours is totally wrong
          “If they were adults whats the motrality rate for healthy adults under 60 who got sick? 1/10,000? ” It’s 40/10,000…

          • 1) For the “healthy” ones in 40-49 group the mortality rate its not .4%. You are lying. Your quote is for all covid illnesses including those with conditions. Those without condtions are far lower.

            Here is the data as per the NYC health DEPT as of may 13.

            For those 45-64 there were 601 deaths. Out of that 601, 476 had pre existing . That means only about 25% of deaths in that group were for those with no conditons.

            Now lets go toy our rate of .4%. If you knock that down to 25% its .1%. Got it?

            2)Now lets take that .1% and look at the real numbers. Most who got sick, it wasn’t serious enough to test especially when they were not even allowing tests unless you had shortness of breath. So that .1% is far lower

            3) is that .4% include only USA or also the world .

            Lets leave out pointer #3. Lets look at 1 &2.
            Let me repeat lets focus on only those who are healthy not underlying conditions. This is who I propose would socially interact.

            Please don’t repeat the same nosense unless you read my comment and provide logic to refute it. Show me the true number of those HEALTHY. And I want the true numbers including those not tested.Your screen name doesn’t match with your intelligence buddy.

    • Nothing more ridiulous than Rodef Archy trying to do statistics! Not long ago you were saying that kids can’t be infected or infect others – now you are making up statistics! Your stupidity would be funny if it wasn’t so dangerous -Rodef.

      • Its rare for kids to infect others and even get infected.
        Thats why its only 70 because its rare.

        Nothing is a 0% chance . But if

        curve is down and near zero for frum jews
        75% had already
        only kids associated with healthy parents and teacher intercat (90%)
        The fact that its kids whose numbers are lower

        Combine all of that together then look at the essentiality and you gotto be crazy not to reopne tommorow

      • Lets address the rodef part.

        So lets see I went to minyan since the begining of pesach and I supported sfae social distant minyan with masks and outdoors. You yelled rodef. And what happened? the curve went down to near zero BH alot sooner than you imagined. So my minyan maybe saved lives and at minimum rodef???? Are you not embarrassed to use that same vilifying name when you are proven to be a fat lair?

  2. I simply sit in amazement about how cavalierly you and others are willing to let others sacrifice their kids for your edification. Stanford-Binet has yet to come up with a category that befits your ilk.

  3. Given your antipathy towards spending too much time with your own children, perhaps in hindsight you should have not had them. Perhaps going forward you should be more careful.I know you are very machmir with minyan and pirya verivya, but not at the expense of endangering others, and insisting that others take care of your children, when the Din clearly assigns that responsability to you, as you would know if you had kavana as you lain Krias Shema every day. I know the Rebbe in Yeshiva acts as your shliach, but mitzva begufoi is more mehadrin. I know you do not assign a schliach for your mitzva of onoa.

    • Such stupidty I spend more time with my kids thna most parents. (I write this as I am doing shcool work with them) So end you silly lies.

      No matter how much time a parent spends we are not equpped to teach kids. We are not skilled the same way a school and rabbeim are. Furtehrmore, kids just cannot sit for more than an hour when not in a school setting/. And yes I work for a lving to and need to balnace putting a roof and clothing ver my kids heaedare
      You come up with such wierd stupid crazy ideas You are a weirdo. We all know kids grow in schools and not at hiome. Thats where they bleong. This French smaple shows its NOT a danger to send kids to school. This is all baloney. No scarfice and its essential. I bet you don’t have kids of your own and thats why you write such stupid comments. They surely do know how to annoy me. But its sooooooo weird and not notaml. I am sick and tired of your wierd koko ideas.

      • Rodef Archy, watching you attempt to communicate above a 3rd grade level makes me hope for your childrens’ sake that you don’t send them to the yeshiva that you attended. The poor things already lost the genetic lottery, at least let them try to make up that deficit.

      • I take back my prior comment. Based on your reply at 1:00PM, I now concur that your children would be better off at school. You are obviously ill equipped to teach them the rudimentary skills of spelling, grammar, proper sentence structure, the role of logic in argument, and the more basic nuances of math, including basic statistical analysis.
        You do have a knack for ad hominem attacks, which may serve your children well as they seek a career in the current Administration.

  4. Again , there’s this one meshugener commenting under different names hocking day and night and just doesn ‘t want to get the heck out of here.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here