Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) – Two weeks after the holidays, the omicron wave can no longer be overlooked in the schools in the south-west. According to the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Culture, 390 classes were in quarantine or at least removed from on-site operations on Friday. A week earlier there were 27. In addition, the schools have currently reported 1031 infected teachers and 716 teachers are in quarantine.
According to the ministry, the number of schoolchildren who tested positive was 16,809, more than twice as many as a week ago. 18,347 were in quarantine on Friday. However, no schools are still closed, it said.
The Ministry of Health explained that the number of cases did not indicate a particularly high risk of infection for children and adolescents in schools. “There is no doubt that transmissions also take place in daycare centers and schools. However, they are also facilities in which the infection process is very closely monitored through regular testing, more than in almost any other place in public life,” says the ministry. In order to detect infections, schoolchildren were tested more intensively after the winter holidays.
The number of infected people is also increasing significantly across the country in all age groups as a result of contagion through the omicron variant. The seven-day incidence of new corona infections in Baden-Württemberg increased sharply on Friday and reached 734.3 registered infections nationwide within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants. That was an increase of 67.1 compared to the previous day.
In order to be able to arm themselves against Omikron in schools, the Education and Science Union (GEW) and the State Association for Education and Education (VBE) are demanding sufficient tests and FFP2 masks for teachers and older students. According to its own information, the Ministry of Education sent a total of 2.6 million FFP2 masks to teachers in January.
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