Tokyo, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)–The number of pupils and students who got infected with the novel coronavirus in Japan between June and July totaled 242, an education ministry survey showed Thursday.
Eleven of them caught the virus at their schools, according to the survey.
The survey also found 51 virus carriers among teachers and other school personnel. None of them contracted the virus at schools.
The results of the survey, the first of its kind, were announced after many schools reopened in June following the closures triggered by the virus outbreak.
According to the survey, infected children numbered 90 at primary schools, 53 at junior high schools, 97 at high schools and two at special-needs schools.
Of the total, 57 pct caught the virus at home.
The ministry also released revised hygiene management guidelines for schools, which advise school personnel how to alleviate burdens arising from disinfection.
The new guidelines call for wiping door knobs, handrails and switches with a cloth soaked with an antiseptic once a day while recommending no disinfection for desks, chairs, toilets or floors.
The ministry also advised that face masks be removed to prevent heatstroke when temperatures, humidity and a measure of heat stress are high.