Selin ATAY-TDO- On Monday, Poland insisted it would reopen schools next week for the first time since mid-March despite reaching a record high number of daily registered COVID-19 infections.
At first, Poland was one of the successful country in containing the outbreak, but cases have started rising in recent weeks. On Friday authorities reported 903 new infections, the highest daily increase to date.
The rise in coronavirus infections gave rise to concerns among parents contemplating sending their children back to class.
“Every child, teenager, goes out on the street or to the store and can get infected there. I don’t see the need to postpone the beginning of the (school) year,” Education Minister Dariusz Piontkowski told a news conference, reiterating the government’s position.
Children will not be required to wear face masks in classrooms, but individual principals may decide to impose this obligation in school halls and locker rooms. Furthermore, temperature checks would not be introduced.
In July, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki downplayed infection risks, saying, people including elderly citizens, should not be afraid to vote because the novel coronavirus had become a disease “like any other”.
The country, which has a population of 38 million, has reported 62,310 cases in all and 1,960 deaths.