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Covid-19: Older school children should wear masks, French science council says

An employee cleans tables in an empty classroom in a closed primary school as a lockdown is imposed to slow the rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nice, France, April 22, 2020.
An employee cleans tables in an empty classroom in a closed primary school as a lockdown is imposed to slow the rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nice, France, April 22, 2020. © Eric Gaillard, Reuters

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.

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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 said on his Twitter account on Saturday that 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.

France has been on a virtual lockdown since mid-March in a bid to thwart the spread of the coronavirus, and the government is hoping to gradually re-open the country from May 11 onwards.

(REUTERS)

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