It is likely that schools will remain shut past the April 6 deadline, education minister Arie Slob told television talk show Op1 on Tuesday night.
The minister wants to wait for the results of a research project looking at the role of young children in spreading coronavirus before re-opening schools, which were closed from March 16. The project was started by public health institute RIVM on Tuesday.
Slob said he expected to hear from the RIVM on Wednesday how long the project will take.’
If it is later than April 6, then the measures which have been introduced will continue and schools will close for longer,’ Slob said. ‘We will only decide if the schools can reopen once the research has been completed.’
The research is focusing on 100 families nationwide in which at least one person has tested positive for the virus. It is currently unclear what role children have in spreading the disease.
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