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US schools reopening: 97,000 children test positive for Covid-19 in just two weeks

August 12, 2020

About 97,000 students in the US were tested positive for coronavirus in the second half of July, according to a data revealed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The figures were from July 16 to 30, come as the country tops five million cases, out of which 338,000 children.

As some schools reopened for face-to-face classes, Dr Tina Hartert, of Vanderbilt University said increased testing of childrens is the key to understanding their role in transmitting the killer bug. Dr Hartert is heading a government study which sent out do-it-yourself testing kits to more than 2,000 American families as parents prepare their kids to return to school.

Meanwhile, in Indian, no timeline has been decided to reopen schools, according to news agency ANI. Only the Union Territory of Chandigarh has expressed an intention to open schools so far. The Union education ministry officials had earlier told during a parliamentary meeting that a final plan is yet to be made regarding the reopening of schools and the decision would be taken after consultation with the states. 

Regarding online classes in schools, a suggestion calling for no online classes up to class 3 has been given at the meeting. Further, as per the suggestion, there should be limited online classes for classes 3 to 7 and full online classes for classes 8 and above.

Source: The Mirror

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