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Thousands of schools resumed throughout France on Tuesday as the government eases its coronavirus isolation rules in spite of some fears of a second waves of infections.
As seen by the official figures there were 348 new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the national toll to 26,991.
Primary and nursery schools resumed nevertheless, with teachers wearing face masks and the children’s chairs in great distances to avoid spreading the disease.
For Gregory Bouvier, headmaster of a nursery school in Rennes, northwest France, it was all a bit “surreal”.
“It’s not part of a nursery school’s DNA to have the children spaced apart from each other remaining at their desks and not able to share things,” he told AFP.
To calm the fears of parents distressed that the virus remains just a step away, the government has given them the choice to allow their children to go back to school or remain under isolation at home.
Unions have lambasted the decision to resume the schools calling it “premature”.
Some scientists and parliamentary deputies have also debriefed the decision as well.