Denmark, Finland say reopening schools did not worsen outbreak

Denmark reopened schools for students up to fifth grade on April 15. (AFP)
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Updated 28 May 2020

Denmark, Finland say reopening schools did not worsen outbreak

  • Denmark reopened schools for up to fifth grade on April 15
  • Finland allowed students to return to schools on May 14

A partial reopening of Danish schools did not lead to an increase in coronavirus infections among young students, a doctor of infectious disease epidemiology and prevention at the Danish Serum Institute said on Thursday, citing new data.
Denmark was one of the first countries to reopen society on April 15 after a one-month lockdown, allowing students up to fifth grade back in school.
“You cannot see any negative effects from the reopening of schools,” Peter Andersen told Reuters, referring to data updated on Wednesday.
The latest data showed no significant increase in infections among children aged between one and 19 in the weeks after the partial reopening of schools.
“Based on the preliminary experiences that we have had, it has been a prudent way to plan a reopening,” Andersen added.
Finland also has seen no evidence of the coronavirus spreading faster since schools started to reopen in the middle of May, the top health official said on Thursday.
“The time has been short, but so far we have seen no evidence,” Mika Salminen, director of health security at the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare, told a news conference.
Finland started to reopen schools and daycare centers from May 14 following an almost two-month shutdown.


UK’s Raab says unacceptable for Russian intelligence services to target COVID-19 work

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UK’s Raab says unacceptable for Russian intelligence services to target COVID-19 work

LONDON: British foreign minister Dominic Raab on Thursday said it was completely unacceptable for Russian intelligence services to target research on the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is completely unacceptable that the Russian Intelligence Services are targeting those working to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” Raab said, following a joint statement by British Canadian and US cybersecurity services.
“While others pursue their selfish interests with reckless behavior, the UK and its allies are getting on with the hard work of finding a vaccine and protecting global health.
“The UK will continue to counter those conducting such cyberattacks, and work with our allies to hold perpetrators to account.”
Britain also accused Russia on Thursday of trying to interfere in its 2019 general election by illicitly acquiring sensitive documents relating to a planned free trade agreement with Washington and leaking them online.
In response, a senior Russian lawmaker said the allegations were “anti-Russian nonsense” and undermined UK-Russia relations.