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Educators alarmed by growing rate of COVID-19 cases among children

  • August 21, 2021
  • , Asahi, Nikkei
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Saturday’s Asahi and Nikkei wrote that school administrators across the nation are worried about the possibility of an explosive spread of the novel coronavirus in schools when the summer break ends in many parts of the country since cases among minors have been rising steeply since late July. While Education Minister Hagiuda stressed on Friday that the ministry has no intention to call for nationwide school closures, the educators are concerned that parents who have yet to be vaccinated will fall ill if cluster infections involving the highly transmissible Delta variant occur in schools. The Education Ministry plans to administer antigen test kits to elementary and middle schools to swiftly detect infection among students. Many education boards are prepared to roll out distance learning programs in the event that school closures are deemed unavoidable.

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