Coronavirus does not seem to be spreading significantly in schools that opened early in Europe, the head of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has said.
Many students returned to classrooms around Europe this week, but some partly opened before the end of June.
A few countries, such as Germany, opened their doors for the new school year in August.
ECDC director Andrea Ammon told EU politicians that anti-virus measures such as social distancing, hand washing, avoiding mass gatherings and the confinement of suspect cases among students and staff should be enough to limit the spread of the disease.
She made no mention of wearing masks.
Ms Ammon said “closing the schools should be really the last measure that you take”.
Picture: Archive photo, dated 10th September 2019, shows schoolchildren accompanied by their parents on their first day of school.
Picture: Children return to school. ( Jacob King/PA).