455 corona cases in Austrian schools

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Almost 200 positively tested students in Vienna alone. And there were also around 3,600 suspected cases.

At the schools, there were 455 corona cases in the first two weeks of the school year. This was announced by the Ministry of Education in a mailing on Friday. 372 of these cases concerned students, 58 teachers and 25 administrative staff. In addition, there were about 3,600 suspected cases.

The most confirmed infections were in Vienna, where 198 students, 15 teachers and 17 administrative staff members tested positive. This was followed by Upper Austria (50 students/ten teachers/three administrative staff), Lower Austria (41/7/3), Tyrol (30/3/0), Vorarlberg (26/6/0), Salzburg (13/6/1), Styria (10/4/0) and Burgenland (4/0/1). Carinthia is the only province in Austria that has not yet had a student who tested positive, but seven teachers have. In Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland the school year started one week earlier.

Meanwhile, there are hardly any schools in Vienna that have not been confronted with Covid-19 suspicions in the first two school weeks. In the past few days there had been criticism from parents and teachers, but also from the Minister of Education, Heinz Faßmann (ÖVP), about the long waiting time for tests and their results.

The latter is therefore starting its own pilot project in the federal capital in cooperation with school doctors, several media reported on Friday. Mobile teams are to test suspicious cases or direct contact persons at schools using the gargle method. No nasopharyngeal smear is taken, but rather a short minute of gargling. Results should be available – depending on the time of day – on the same day or the day after.

Independently of this, the regular monitoring by means of gargle tests announced by the Ministry for the start of school is to start at the end of September. Every three to four weeks, 15,000 students and 1,200 teachers will gargle. This is intended to provide an overview of the infection situation – regardless of “acute” cases.

— Hector Pascua, Source: oe24.at. Picture: stockilyapp.com

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