13,000 teachers in Italy test positive for coronavirus

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2.6% of teaching staff who have been tested for the coronavirus have tested positive. The Italian authorities have detected in recent days 13,000 cases of coronavirus, a few days before the national school year officially begins on September 14.

Domenico Arcuri, the extraordinary commissioner for the coronavirus emergency, has indicated this in statements to Italian public television, after the start a week ago of a prevention campaign with the distribution of 2 million tests to schools.

Arcuri has made it clear that these people “They will not return to the classroom, they will not generate outbreaks and they will not transmit the virus”They will remain isolated until a new test shows that they have been cured.

The Ministry of Education has set the date for the start of the school year next September 14, Although some kindergartens and institutes have already opened in the north of the country and other regions such as Apulia or Campania (south) will delay it until the end of the month.

At the moment, some 500,000 education professionals These tests have been carried out to detect if they are infected with coronavirus and 2.6% of them, that is, about 13,000 people, have tested positive.

These data, however, do not take into account the 200,000 teachers and non-teachers in the Lazio region, whose capital is Rome, since it performs its own tests independently, according to the Italian media.

Italy’s Technical Scientific Committee (CTS) will study next week whether to reduce the isolation period that people who are infected must comply with, from 14 days to 10 days, after the debate started in several European countries about whether two weeks is too long.

Italy counts 283,180 total cases of infections with coronavirus and 35,587 deaths since the emergency began in the country on February 21, according to the last official balance on Thursday.

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